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8 14 11 Country Singer - CountrySinger,SongwriterandC.E.O...

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Country Singer, Songwriter and C.E.O By ADAM BRYANT Published: August 13, 2011 Sign In to E-Mail   Print   Reprints   This interview with  Kenny Chesney , the country music singer, was conducted and condensed by  Adam Bryant J. Emilio Flores for The New York Times “I don't think there's a better laboratory for human behavior than being out on the road with a lot of people for a long period of time,” says the country music singer Kenny Chesney, who manages an overall staff of about 150 employees. Corner Office Every Sunday, Adam Bryant talks with top executives about the challenges of leading and managing. In his new book,  " The Corner Office " (Times Books), he analyzes the broader lessons that emerge from his interviews with more than 70  leaders.  Excerpt » More ‘Corner Office’ Columns » Subscribe to Corner Office via RSS » Q.  So, you’re the C.E.O., in effect, of Kenny Chesney Inc. How big is the business? 
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A.  I have 120 employees on the road every day, and about 30 other employees off the road. I  remember being on the bus a couple years ago, and I looked out the window of my bus and  said to myself: Who’s paying for this? And it hit me: You are! I was in charge of making sure  that we get from Point A to Point B, that we all do it seamlessly and that we all do it  effectively, and we all do it on time.  Q.   Tell me what’s important to you in setting a tone and a culture among your employees?  A.  It’s important for me to be sure that everybody knows what everybody else is doing. I  want there to be a level of respect between everybody. You get that many people out on the  road at once, and all of a sudden agendas sometimes can become a part of that. And  sometimes they’re not your own. There’s this idea that somebody’s job could be more  important than somebody else’s, and to me, that’s not true.  Q.   So how do you make that real — everybody should have respect for everyone else — rather  than just a slogan?  A.  I want all the people out there who work with me to feel as appreciated as possible,  especially the people who are the first to get up in the morning and the last to go to bed —  my crew guys. Sometimes we do a “merch” lottery. We put everybody’s name in a huge  sombrero and whoever’s name I pull out gets all of the money from merchandise sales for 
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