PIPPI LONGSTOCKING — THE IDEAL CEO

I didn’t get to “know” Pippi until I was actually an adult. I moved to Sweden from Romania when I was 11, and at that age all other kids had had their Pippi phase. Now since I have 2 kids of my own, I have become a big Pippi fan too.

Having worked for a handful of companies I have had the great pleasure to work with some very amazing CEOs, and some less talented ones. Since I also have a couple of businesses of my own, I of course think about the day when we will have to hire a CEO, and what that position means. What are the essential characteristics for a successful, motivational and inspiring CEO?

From reading amazing Astrid Lindgren’s books about Pippi, I have drawn some inspiration to how my ideal CEO should be.

This is why I think Pippi is so fantastic and the connections to my dream CEO:

Pippi has an independent mind.

Pippi is not only a very strong girl, she is the strongest person in the world.

Pippi is curious.

Pippi is never afraid to try new things.

Pippi shares everything she has, with other.

Pippi is aways helpful.

Pippi is fair to everybody.

Through teamwork and accountability everybody will have a chance of giving their all.

Pippi has the wildest imagination and an enviable fantasy.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Pippi has a good and warm heart.

Pippi dares to always say what she thinks.

Pippi is free.

Pippi has fun!

Pippi has the coolest freckles on her face.

Now you see why Pippi is my inspiration for the ideal CEO.

Technical Apparel Design Expert and Co-Founder of Apparel Entrepreneurship. http://www.apparelentrepreneurship.com http://www.anakristiansson.com

Technical Apparel Design Expert and Co-Founder of Apparel Entrepreneurship. http://www.apparelentrepreneurship.com http://www.anakristiansson.com