There are some good things happening in your corporation that need more visibility and recognition.
There are some things happening that are terribly wrong.
You have a good idea that needs support.
You feel disconnected with what’s happening at the top and in other parts of the company.
or there could be a zillion more problems that this idea could address. (I’m seriously reconsidering this format because many of these grootship ideas could address multiple problems.)
Send an email to your CEO. Although I can’t confirm it, my hypothesis is that everyone thinks they are so busy and they get so many emails that they couldn’t possibly reply to you, but in reality, because everyone thinks that, nobody sends them emails.
Oh sure, they probably get a lot of status emails from their VPs and whatnot, and I’m sure they really are super busy, but I’ll bet they don’t get too many emails from people on the front lines. Or if they do, it’s probably a bunch of disgruntled employees just ranting on what a horrible job they’re doing. So don’t be one of those kind.
Here’s what you need to do when emailing your CEO:
- Be brief.
- Be respectful, even complimentary, but keep it sincere.
- Ask for a specific request that he or she can do easily or delegate to someone else.
You might be surprised at what kind of response you’ll get. They have a reputation to keep, and it’ll probably be fun for them because it’s so out of the ordinary.
You can also try this with other relevant executives that might be able to help your effort.
And if they are really helpful or don’t seem to mind the correspondence, then go ahead and open the correspondence by emailing them more often. Be careful not to abuse it. Maybe start with once a month, or every couple of weeks if you have something relevant to say. It will only take a few back and forth responses in a respectful conversation to become ‘known’. And that can be very beneficial down the road.
Your CEO is a human being just like you. And a sincere online conversation between two people can sometimes break down the barriers of titles or positions.
Try it. What have you got to lose?