What part of your CEOship requires external expertise?

July 6, 2020
By Rowan Belchers

In order to walk the talk with you – my fine tribe of fellow-CEOs – I work hard at my own CEOship. Recently, I became aware of an aspect of it that was not up to standard, and probably never will be.

I realised that I am not able to think creatively enough to conceptualize what Lockstep looks like in a larger, global, scaled form. I have been able to grow the business locally, but for some reason, my thinking gets ‘small’ when it comes to imagining the next evolution of the business into a global leadership force.

A few years back, I came across this very useful framework called the Cynefin Framework, which is used to explain leading in complexity. One of the many takeaways from this framework was this: that external expertise is the only true mitigation to complexity.

My personal realization is that this was an aspect of my CEOship that I simply wasn’t able to be world-class at and I needed to get external assistance by way of sounding-boards, consultants and subject-matter experts.

The net result is that Lockstep has embarked on a global expansion and scaling process that, whilst not perfect, is leaps and bounds ahead of what I put together on my own.

To be honest this was a humbling experience for me as it publicly acknowledged what I have come to realise for myself: that I could not be good at everything as a stand-alone CEO.

Ironically, this is what I’ve been sharing with my CEO audience for a while, so it stands to reason that it should be true of me. The mistake I made was to suffer in silence and insecurity when I should have immediately reached out for support.

That ego is a powerful beast …

My invitation is to look hard at what total skill-set you need, look hard at what skills you don’t have, and fill the gaps with expertise as fast as you can.

Rowan Belchers

Rowan Belchers

Rowan is the founder and CEO of Lockstep, a business leadership consultancy. Lockstep works with CEO’s, executive teams and future leaders globally, partnering with clients who seek customised leadership solutions. Rowan is a highly respected advisor to CEOs with over two decades’ experience in guiding businesses and their leaders towards reaching their fullest potential. Rowan leads The CEO Project, a Lockstep initiative.
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