A Job For A Day

If I could have one job for a day, I think it would be CEO of a large corporation.

I have this notion in my head that CEO’s generally don’t do much work, instead living a pampered lifestyle and just collecting large paychecks and vacationing a lot. I’d really like to be a CEO for a day so that I could compare this notion to the accounts I’ve read of CEOs working 60-70+ hour weeks. I am very curious about the type of work a CEO does in a day, and how it compares to the work I do on a daily basis. The issues they deal with, and number of issues they have to confront in a given day, is also very interesting to me.

I think having the opportunity to be a CEO for a day would really give me some valuable perspective on life, employment, and in general, serve as a nice reality check to contrast the notions in my head that I suspect are greatly unfounded. Perhaps I would be better off as an Asgi shoes salesman.

If you were given the opportunity to have any job for just one day, what would it be, and why?

10 thoughts on “A Job For A Day”

  1. I think I would probably enjoy that. Or being a Senator. The CEO thing, though? You might try it out, like it, and then realize you can’t have it. That would be a bummer, I’m thinkin’. 😉

  2. Right now I’m thinking I’d like to be a host in one of those travel shows on Discovery channel, I think it’s great being paid to travel all over the world and eat all sorts of cuisines and try stuff out. 🙂

    But then, at the back of my mind, I’ve always thought that if I had no family, I’d like to be a photojournalist who gets assigned to conflict zones or other places where few men have dared to thread. I have a thing for once in a lifetime experiences. 🙂

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  4. This is a tough one. My first thought was personal shopper. I like shopping and looking around at things, but I don’t like spending money, so I could help others shop and they could spend THEIR money. Also, that is a job that wouldn’t require any previous knowledge or experience, really.

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  5. Being a CEO of a start up company would be really interesting because it would be exciting to bring a new product or service into the market and see how the public reacts. On the other hand, being the CEO of an established company is a horrbile and thank less job. Basically, all they do is act as a public relations point man, and issue orders to reduce head count (which means fire people).

    Jack Welch, is the best example of what I am talking about. As far as I know, he didn’t help bring one new product to market, or drastically change GE’s organizational structure while he was CEO. Rather, he spent a good deal of time on the financial networks talking up GE, and the rest of his time issuing orders to cut head count and extract more work out of the remaining employees.

    As for who I would like to be for a day. I used to think I would like to be Pope for a day because I wanted to confirm my suspicions that most religous leaders know that ninty eight percent of what they say in public is pure boulderdash, but I think I have already confirmed my suspicions to a level I am comfortable with. So, in lieu of that, I think I would have to go with famous musician. Not some pop star, but someone who is truly interesting such as Jimmy Buffet, Bono, Bruce Sprinsteen, etc. I just think it would be cool to get paid a lot of money to make people happy.

  6. Kyra – A Senator huh? I hear they have a great retirement package…..

    BCS – A photojournalist would be an awesome experience, especially in the areas that you are describing.

    Canucklehead – I had a gut feeling that you would be the one to say “Porn Star.” How ’bout them Bills huh? The Redskins kicked ass and took names yesterday, and I loved it!

    ETW – You like to shop but not spend? Is that really shopping, or is that called “wanting”?

    – Pope? Pope? All the people in the world and you want to be Pope? To each his own I guess. Just kidding. If we are speaking of musicians, I would love to be Angus Young or Slash for a day, just so I could shred and watch the ladies drool.

  7. Stephanie – That’s nice of you. Not much better. See my latest post.

    Slick – Are you sure you wouldn’t rather be a showerhead in their locker room?

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