A CEO NEWSLETTER - September 2015
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THE CEO COLLECTIVE


 
We always work with CEOs within our Collective to develop strategic plans for their organizations prior to their leadership team offsites. We strongly encourage these to CEOs to vet their thoughts about business direction and strategic goals with their peers prior to going live with the executive team.

During our CEO Collective meetings, we encourage our CEO members to challenge each other, to expose the truth, and to band together in helping to improve the collective performance of everyone around the table. As a result, a part of this exercise also includes having the CEO articulate their personal development goals.  

Here are the seven recurring themes we hear from our CEO members who generally have five or more years of experience in the role and are running growing, profitable companies.
 
 

CEOs Speak on the Value of Peer Groups

Watch this quick video featuring many of our CEO members to learn why they value the CEO Collective peers groups and the difference membership makes for each of them and their businesses.




STRATEGIC LEADERS PROGRAM

Does Your Leadership Team Have High Executive Function?


 

 
 

Anyone with young kids has probably heard of the term "executive function." It refers to the management of cognitive processes that includes things like working memory, reasoning, task flexibility, problem solving, as well as planning and execution. You don't need to be a psychologist to observe that kids who have strong executive function skills have an easier time in school that those that don't. Kids who lack executive function skills have real trouble focusing on their work, curbing impulses, and completing tasks they start, in addition to a host of other challenges that make basic activities very challenging. And the problem doesn't go away as they get older; adults with weak executive function skills struggle at work and in their personal lives. If your starting to wonder if this piece is about you personally, don't worry, it isn't. The executive functioning were discussing here is the kind that applies to top management teams as a whole. 

 

How does executive function apply to a management team? Well, what's interesting about the definition above is that it includes three aspects of individual cognitive ability that are equally important to any successful top team: Planning, Execution and Problem Solving.  What we're finding more and more as we engage with clients inside and outside of the CEO Collective is that these three skills-which together comprise our concept of execution function-vary widely across organizations. What we see is that senior teams with well-developed executive functioning skills seem to do better, a lot better, than those that lack them. 
 




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