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What Facebook and Social Networking CEO’s can Teach Leaders and Employees about Business

Running a start-up company is tough business.  Oftentimes, CEO’s have to make their own rules rather than rely on others.  What a CEO cannot do is fly by and not follow any sort of guidelines.  Here are some tips from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and other successful company CEO’s on business. 

Understand the Balancing Act                  

Sometimes the life of a CEO can be lonely, but you cannot face weakness and let your employees get the sense that you don’t know what you’re doing.  Humans naturally tend to copy their leader, and a CEO must put forth a knowing, powerful stance.  However, they should also encourage an open environment where questions are always acceptable from the employees.  As you can see, it is a delicate balance to maintain. 

CEO Rules

Don’t be afraid to say no to your employees.  It is natural to want to be everyone’s friend, but some authority needs to be established also.  Always make your company go fast; don’t be afraid to fail fast.  Sometimes ideas need to fail and projects need to break to find the one that will help your company succeed.  Be direct and clear-cut when it comes to decision making. 

Use Data

In the past, a CEO could ignore the fact that his company wasn’t doing well.  Now in the age of computers and data, it is important to run analysis and trends to make sure the company is succeeding. This is not always easy to do, but it is very important.  Employees need to have a realistic sense of how the company is doing; this indicates workplace morale among other factors. 

Ask Questions

As an employee, don’t just accept what is being told to you.  Don’t be afraid to ask why, because your idea can be a game changer for the company.  In the movie, Jerry Maguire, Tom Cruise’s character dared to write an entire mission statement asking why his company was doing things a certain way and how things could change. Though this is an unusually risky venture, thinking outside the box can be an integral part of a company’s mainframe.

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