You are a high school student with big ambitions. You want to be a Chief Executive Officer, a CEO in business parlance, you know the Head Honcho, Big Cheese, the Big Kahuna, “the one calling the shots.” Next question: What are you going to be doing all day as CEO?
Marketplace has an answer with a 5 minute audio:
Andrea Prat, a professor of economics at Columbia Business School, who studies this exact corporate mystery, says over 80 percent of a CEO’s time “is spent in interactions with other people.”
To translate academic-speak into more conversational language: CEOs, says Prat, spend most of their days in meetings. And, he notes, most of the meetings are with employees inside the company. If you find yourself questioning this practice, concerned that meetings have a poor reputation as wasters of time, says Prat: “Surprisingly, that’s actually not what we find.” Instead, he says, the more time a CEO spends in meetings with his or her employees, the better the company does.
Takeaway: Join a student club and get some experience running meetings!