The Agenda on Your First Day in a CEO Peer Group

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
    Reasons To Join A CEO Peer Group

    Reasons To Join A CEO Peer Group

    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.

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