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Career and Education Opportunities for Chief Executive Officers

In general, chief executive officers determine and formulate policies and provide the overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within the guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. They also plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Chief Executive Officer

Chief executive officers talk with board members, organization officials, and staff members to consider issues and resolve problems. They also appoint department heads or managers and assign or delegate responsibilities to them. Equally important, chief executive officers have to direct human resources efforts, including the approval of human resource plans and efforts, the selection of directors and other high-level staff, and establishment and organization of major departments. They are often called upon to inspect reports submitted by staff members to recommend approval or to suggest changes. They are expected to ready budgets for approval, including those for funding and implementation of programs. Finally, chief executive officers negotiate or approve contracts and agreements with suppliers, distributors, federal and state agencies, and other organizational entities.

Every day, chief executive officers are expected to be able to speak clearly. They need to think through problems and come up with general rules. It is also important that they piece together evidence to, in some sense, diagnose what is going on in a situation.