Are the CEO & the Poet Alike?

Jyothi Kiran

Jyothi Kiran

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Think Tagore, think Tata. Both were fearless visionaries. One inspired generations to fight against the poverty of mind. The other created a wealth of opportunities through employment.

Consider the following:

1. Both the poet and the CEO have a very intense relationship with Time.

One figures time is immaterial while the other estimates every moment is time and material.

2. They are both bookkeepers of Profit and Loss. The poet chooses to express his numerous gains and loss through words, while the CEO prefers to use numerical expression.

3. The poet reveals truth through ambiguity, the CEO sees truth in analytics.

I am sure there are more than 300 such similarities you can think of. Dear reader, I invite you to contribute some more.

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15 Responses

  1. Nikhita Banta
    January 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Besides numerous other similarities, I believe the most fundamental of all has to be ‘an influencing mind’
    While a poet influences masses through his words, a CEO creates a difference through his vision!

  2. Akash K
    July 30, 2014 at 3:39 am

    According to William Wordsworth a poet is a man pleased with his own passions and volitions, and who rejoices more than other men in the spirit of life that is in him whereas a CEO is a man who has the courage to live his dream and pursue his passion and rejoice at the success of his company.

  3. March 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

    How true..

    Famous poet ‘Kahlil Gibran’ says ‘Work is, love made visible’

    ‘You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.
    For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons,
    and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty & proud submission towards the infinite’.

    Taking words from the paragraph above – poet say’s ‘to be idle is to be stranger to seasons’.

    Speaking from a CEO’s point of view ‘ without proper innovation, creativity & experimentation in the business you are likely to face uncertainities’.

    It is true that the poet & CEO are very similar in their thought process, ideation & creativity.
    And what differs is the way of perception of things & expression of the same.

  4. Ashish Didwania
    December 25, 2013 at 4:10 am

    1. Both the poet and the CEO are instinctive by nature.

    2. They have the courage to view the world with their own eyes and act accordingly.

    3. They question, they explore the ‘Why’, not stopping at the ‘What’?

    4. They are open to vulnerability. Their ideas and thoughts might not find acceptance by a lot of people at a point in time.

  5. November 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Poet uses his dreams and vision to write a imaginary poem.
    But our CEO as used its every opportunity to build a successful company.

    1. jyothi
      November 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      That’s true Allen,
      To each his dream…
      some dream in words, others in the form of organizations, while some go on to build great nations. I am thinking of Martin Luther King’s dream that continues to inspire generations long after he’s gone..

  6. Akansha
    October 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    One difference that I can think of…Poets can sometimes get away with anything they say, by giving it a different perspective because they are gifted with the expertise of playing with words. While a CEO’s one wrong statement can lead to a lot of explanation and trouble for the company. 🙂

  7. Priyanka S N
    October 1, 2013 at 8:22 am

    We can’t say they both are apart, but can say YES they are apart in their own view.

  8. PS Gopalakrishnan
    July 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I agree with Sagar. A poet mystifies and a CEO demystifies. Are not both of them serve the society with their vision, dream and accomplishment?

  9. PS Gopalakrishnan
    July 3, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Of course there are many comparisons between a poet and a CEO. But a poet can visualize, dream and use language to portray the impossible whereas a CEO cannot just dream he has to achieve.

  10. Sagar
    January 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Hmm. Well, if qualitatively compared then most achievers, irrespective of their field of reckoning, would seem similar. On those lines I would agree with the comparison.

    Although when compared at such a high level don’t we sometimes lose the bits which make each of them special or unique in their own way?

  11. jyothi
    January 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm


    I think what we are trying to demystify is whether the CEO and the poet are two distinct personality types to which Vindy rightly says, measured on the plane of excellence, they are not different at all.

    Looking at things in a new way to solve challenges definitely is not limited to either artists or CEOs. Both use intuitive as well as available tools such as language/technology to solve problems. Ultimately, it is the vision that sets folks apart.

  12. vindy
    January 18, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I feel at a core level any profession, if you are doing it with your full self is an art.

    One need not have a finished tangible product in hand to be called an artist.

    I have felt like an artist as a programmer, as a manager and so many other “non-art” stuff.

    All is art, at the plane of excellence. 🙂

    1. Jyothi Kiran
      January 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Oh, I agree with you completely! And, how succinctly you have put that ‘all is art, at the plane of excellence!

  13. Sagar
    January 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I can think of one: a good poet can mystify even the simplest stuff while a good CEO has to able to demystify even the most complex of subjects 🙂