A Zachary Kanin cartoon went around communicator circles last week. A king on a throne is saying, “I want to be feared as a tyrant, loved as a father, and revered as a god, but I also want them to think I’m funny.”
CNN is looking for a chief communication officer with similar powers, according to an ad:
- Smart, outgoing, personable, and collegial, this person values networking and appreciates the importance of listening. This executive is analytical and a critical thinker who is comfortable offering new and creative communications ideas that support the dissemination and understanding of the company, its unique position in the market and the strength of its performance and its brands …
- This executive has extensive experience counseling senior executives at the highest level and has proven ability to become a trusted advisor to them regarding both internal and external communications issues
- This person is an exceptional collaborator, coach and advisor who inspires confidence and trust in … all stakeholders, from the most junior employee to the CEO of the company
- This candidate will have a healthy ego and should be self-confident to deal with high level executives across all the businesses, with the ability and knowledge to push back where appropriate
Pay Range: $223,930.00 – $415,870.00 salary per year.
(Probably, depending on whether the candidate is funny, too.)