How to Prepare for Becoming the CEO When You Never Expected to Be in Charge | Sharon Birkman Fink | Episode 018

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Theme: What it Takes to Take Over

Summary: Sharon Birkman Fink talks about how she became a CEO, her passion for her business, and how she is preparing her daughter for a leadership role.

Featured Guest: Sharon Birkman Fink, President and CEO of Birkman International
Organization: Birkman International
Website: www.birkman.com
Book: The Birkman Method
Contact: sfink@birkman.com

Key Quotes:

  • “Sometimes I say I’m the accidental CEO….it was never my ambition to be a business tycoon.  My learning curve went on warp speed.”
  • “I think succession is a day-by-day, month-by-month process.  It’s not in concrete.  As my daughter (Amy) gets more involved in leadership roles, she will be relocating to Houston. You can’t be too remote..you need to be more ‘in the kitchen with the chefs’…  you can’t phone or Skype that in.”
  • “I want to balance a maternal instinct with good business practice.  I think it can be a good thing to be a caring leader.”

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