How to Get Noticed by Your CEO

Get your CEO's attention by helping further his or her goals.

Stever Robbins
4-minute read
Episode #18

Today's topic is how to get noticed by your CEO or managing director.

Alex writes in:

I have a question: I am a hard worker in a large CPA firm, but I can’t seem to get the managing director to notice me. How do you recommend I engage him in conversation?

Alex, the quick and dirty tip is to engage him around a topic he cares about where you can add insight. Help him meet his goals..

How to Get Noticed at Work

In order to get noticed by the CEO at work you should ask yourself this question:  what does your CEO care about?

Is his idea of a good time sitting around talking about himself while people bow, scrape, and suck his toes? If so, he's probably motivated more by ego than business. Flatter some stupid decision he made. Or praise some recent success. Tell him how much you admire him and that his Armani suit is just fabulous. If all else fails, offer to suck his toes. At that point, you've got nothing to lose.

I think I'm kidding, but I'm not sure. There are a lot of CEOs out there who know their perks better than they know their business. And with those folks, you're on your own.


About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.