The role of Chief Executive Officer is perhaps the most powerful position that a person can hold in American business. Those who fulfill that role understand that their decisions dictate whether a company will prosper or perish. The position of CEO honorable one not because of the salary, but because of the responsibility that they willingly and capably shoulder. It is an honorable position because it requires a near superhuman level of foresight, adaptability, composure, wisdom, and leadership.
No man is more deserving of this honor than Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of OSI Group. When he financed a small facility in West Chicago named Otto & Sons, he had no prior experience in the meat processing industry. However, he had owned his own financial consultation firm, and it was this experience that proved the most pivotal. Over the next four decades, Sheldon and his associates managed to transform Otto & Sons into the multi national food supply juggernaut that it is today. His experience as a business owner gave him a competitive edge, as he understood the importance of maintaining workplace moral. The meat processing industry was notoriously apathetic about the well being of it’s workforce, and Mr. Lavin able to dominate the industry by carefully and deliberately cultivating a family-like company culture that instilled loyalty in his workforce. By showing compassion for the people that work for him, he inspires his employees to go above and beyond the call of duty. A workforce that is both loyal and motivated is a workforce that is unstoppable, which is why Mr. Sheldon Lavin’s success should come as no surprise. He is the personification of everything that a CEO is supposed to be: a leader and a visionary that shows compassion for his workforce.
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