Would you take on a gig like CEO of BT?
To answer your question: Sure, where do I need to sign up?
The big advantage of being a CEO (or other high level manager) is that you can't do wrong, as long as you don't draw the attention of the SEC / Feds / Inspector Knacker. Today I'd add the risk of #metoo to that list.
Even if you do wrong, you always have the the following list of valid excuses:
- Your predecessor. (Works only for a limited time)
- The competition didn't do better
- Unions / EU-legislators blocked all the cunning plans from being a success
- The Chinese / online companies entered the marked and ruined it
- It's a recession / tsunami / Brexit or some other reasons why punters don't consume enough
And what happens in the end? You get the boot and a golden parachute allowing you to retire or you get hired by another clueless company needing your experience. Worst case you become a speaker for hire on various junket-conferences.
All you need is a thick skin and the capacity to spout enough buzzwords per minute (bpm) to keep the vultures from landing.
If you're marginally competent at the game, you'll do a big reorganisation, merge with or acquire some other big business in the same dire straits as you. Failing this, you can also spin off various division or sell them. All this makes you look active and leader-ly while making sure last years numbers can't be compared with next years.