CEO’s that minimize their blindspots can create a game changer…

Leaders of small to mid size companies all over this great country are experiencing the added value of a group of successful business owners, presidents or CEOs. The belief “…you are a lot smarter as a group than any one of you.” is the prevailing mindset of the thousands of new members joining peer groups and boards around the country. Whether you find yourself in a group of 8 or 18, you have set yourself up in being a better leader, making better decisions, potentially greater accountability, improved results and a possible turn around in ones work life balance.

Is it reasonable for your board, partners, family members, stakeholders, venture or angel investors to expect you to have all the answers? I don’t think so. Is it reasonable for you to set aside one day a month to work “on” your business vs. “in” your business. Yes, I do think so.

Look for the “value add” of a monthly meeting with like minded executives creating a safe, open, honest, and confidential environment to discuss the undiscussable. Being around a conference room table with senior executives from a variety of industries, small to medium size local, private companies and no competitors or companies that are in your food chain is a unique, yet compelling experience. Determine if a seasoned facilator or executive coach will add to your ROI. Monthly one-to-one coaching sessions prior to the monthly meetings enables the two of you to perculate, distill strategic and time sensitive issues for processing at the monthly meeting. Expert speakers on acquisitions, exit strategies, human resources, leadership, marketing, mergers, sales, wealth management and wellness workshops to name a few will add to your overall monthly and annual satisfaction level and increase your leadership effectiveness and alignment with your management team.

Imagine how you will feel knowing that 200 to 300 years of successful leadership validated you and your leadership team pending decision or helped you look “around the corner” on an acquisition or a new product or service or revenue platform. How would it feel knowing you have access every month to your own board of advisors and the added confidence as you get to know, like and trust your advisory board members.

See if a Catapult, YPO, C12 or Vistage International advisory board or group is in your city and explore your options…it could be a potential game changer and one of your most meaningful decisionsyou will make in the balance of 2013.

Ed Stillman

Austin Texas

Published by edstillman

I grew up in Carlsbad, north San Diego County, lost my dad as a teenager, went into the USAF for four years and hired on with 3M in 1969. Received my AA from Santa Barbara City College, BA and Masters from Redlands University and after 33 plus years, I retired from 3M in 2002. As I look back on my life, I have been creating myself and developing my skill sets to be a business coach and a Vistage Chair. I am president of SEOT, a "personal improvement" consulting firm spending most of my time working with Central Texas executives running small to medium size for-profit companies who are focusing on improving their profitability greater than their competition. My area of interest is assisting senior executives in creating a better balance between business commitments and personal relationships. I also facilatate three leadership labs each consisting of a dozen owners, presidents and CEOs. We meet monthly both in a group setting as well as in a 1-to-1 coaching session. Our focus is to sharpen each others' skills in becoming better leaders, making better decisions and taking ourselves and companies to that next level. Who are we? My members are experienced top executives who recognize that they don’t have all the answers and who actively seek the company of successful peers—both to give and receive insights and ideas. My members mine the 200 plus years of chief executive experience that comes together in our monthly meetings and members are eager to offer their own experience and insights in the process. As a group, we spend our time exploring topics members can't discuss anywhere else. My members have many other places where they can engage in idle, "cocktail party" chatter. Our mission is to provide the setting for discussing the "undiscussable." Where or who can you go to for confidential, honest feedback to assist you in minimizing your personal "Worry List"?

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