Your job as a CEO


Elad Gil presents an approach for dealing with the task overload of being a CEO:

  1. Once a week, take a step back and ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish, and what are the 1-2 most important things that will get you there.
  2. Every morning, make a list of the 1-3 things you absolutely need to get done that day.
  3. Get those things done.
  4. Don't get distracted by the easy low hanging fruit that doesn't matter - it just wastes your time even if you get satisfaction by doing it.

He also mentions that on an ongoing basis, a CEO should:

  1. Make sure the company doesn't run out of money;
  2. Hire and fire.

A third responsibility often mentioned is setting the company vision and making sure everyone is aligned with it.