As you complete your summer internship, you might not be thinking about becoming a CEO, but it's crucial to start developing a CEO mindset. Adopting this mindset opens up various possibilities, such as getting ahead in your career, starting a business, and even becoming a CEO.
Are you alarmed by the onslaught of headlines about artificial intelligence (AI) taking over jobs as shown below:
India now has AI news anchors. I tuned in and within the first 5 minutes, it's clear that news presenters are in serious trouble.
ChatGPT took their jobs. Now they walk dogs and fix air conditioners.IBM could replace 7,800 jobs with artificial intelligence, CEO saysChatGPT creator says AI advocates are fooling themselves if they think the technology is only going to be good for workers: 'Jobs are definitely going to go away'
However, amidst these advancements, one thing is certain – there will always be a demand for individuals with a CEO mindset. Conversely, those who adopt a "worker bee" mindset (i.e. performing the same tasks in the same way each day) will be vulnerable to AI.
To safeguard against such vulnerabilities, you must get AI insurance by cultivating a CEO mindset, starting with your current job as an intern. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
So, how do you develop a CEO mindset?
Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of HP, provides valuable insights into developing a CEO mindset in this podcast "Learning Leader by Ryan Hawk" titled "Episode #307: Carly Fiorina – Why You Should Run Towards The Fire" and in her book, "Find Your Way: Unleash Your Power and Highest Potential."
She emphasizes the importance of a strong work ethic, regardless of your current job. Even when she was a secretary, she committed to working hard and excelling in whatever tasks she was assigned.
For young people who might not feel fully engaged in their current job, Carly advises that it doesn't have to be the perfect job. Instead, doing a good job allows you to learn about yourself and those around you. Opportunities will arise, and you should fearlessly embrace them.
Carly Fiorina's exceptional approach involved actively solving problems and collaborating with others to improve the situation. This CEO mindset garnered attention and led to more opportunities for her.
Based on Carly Fiorina's advice, here are essential steps to follow at your current job:
To unlock your CEO mindset during your current internship, consider the following questions:
Remember to document your thought process and findings. The path to fostering a CEO mindset begins with your internship and continues throughout your career.
Key points to keep in mind while you are working as an intern:
CEOs get to the top because they have solved a lot of big problems that got them noticed and were entrusted with more responsibilities. You don’t need a title to think, act and speak like a CEO. You can easily learn by reading and observing.
By following this blueprint, you can lay the foundation to develop your CEO mindset. Remember, it all starts with your internship and continues throughout your journey to the top – and remaining there.
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