I’ve been to a number of CEO peer groups, and I realize that each group has its own feel, its own rules. Here’s what I like to do in my group.
I try to change the agenda every time we meet. (CEO’s get bored quickly!) However, the basic flow remains the same.
- Continental breakfast: I notice we are eating healthier in group meetings. It’s a good trend. More than the food, though, I like the friendly conversation. I welcome guests personally and introduce them to a few of the existing members.
- Kick-off exercise: I give everyone the chance to speak. I want the group to put aside the duties and responsibilities of the “outside world” and focus on being present in the room. That can take a moment. My group has a strict “no digital devices” rule. We agree as a group to put away the distractions of phones and tablets to focus on the task at hand.
- Speaker session: We have some great speakers! (See a few of the recent ones here.) I love watching the faces of the CEO’s as they learn new things. Topics include how to hire, how to fire, how to be a CEO, financial planning, succession planning, and more.
- Lunch: Again, we like to eat healthy! Lunch is usually casual, and we usually keep it short to get on with group business.
- Executive Session: This is where the rubber meets the road. Executives roll up their sleeves and get to work helping ea
ch other become better leaders and make better business decisions.
- Close: And that’s it! Again, it depends on the schedule but we typically end mid-afternoon. I’m a big believer in “start-on-time-and-end-on-time”. I want to be respectful of everyone’s time, and I know that many will have other engagements or want to get back to the office.
I do like to change it up, and I don’t ALWAYS follow this agenda — but this is the typical flow during one of my group meetings.