Topic: Harnessing Peer Power: The Company You Keep Drives Leadership, Strategy & Growth
“Lonely at the Top” resonates for most CEOs and Business Leaders.
We connect with our peers in person or online. The people we connect with are typically acquaintances—though they may be people we’ve never met—with whom we exchange information or share a common interest, even if only temporarily. We network online, at conferences, or at local business events and socials in a more selective and more purposeful attempt to advance personal and professional interests. Connecting and networking tend to be individual pursuits and are, by far, the most common ways we reach out to our peers.
There’s a difference between the peer influence most organizational leaders experience when they connect and network, and the peer advantage that can be realized when leaders work together as part of a diverse group on an ongoing basis. The objectives are to help one another meet tough challenges, achieve lofty organizational goals, and grow as leaders.
It’s essential that you get out of your company and industry silos to engage in rich conversations with a diverse group of fellow CEOs who truly empathize with the magnitude of your responsibility. Ask any high-performing CEO in a group. Your peers will broaden and deepen your knowledge and help you lead your organization more effectively. You also take what you learn from your CEO group— your ideas and your understanding about how high-performing groups collaborate—and show your people how to lead groups that optimize inside your organization.
Gail Schaper-Gordon, Ph.D., has nearly 30 years of management and executive-level experience. As an entrepreneur with a keen eye for emerging markets, Gail founded and ran four companies, two of which were cornerstones of a pioneering behavioral health care delivery system of more than 500 mental health care providers.
Today, as an organizational consultant and Vistage Chair, she helps high integrity entrepreneurs, CEOs and business leaders take their organizations to the next level of success. As a respected business psychologist and an experienced CEO, Gail has mentored leaders across most industries including manufacturing, construction, healthcare and entertainment. Emphasizing accountability, self-awareness, and trust members in her peer advisory groups help each other make great decisions that benefit their companies, families and communities. By growing both personally and professionally, Vistage members grow their business more than two times faster than their peers.
Dave Revel, CEO Technical Multimedia Design, Inc (TechMDinc) and 4-year Vistage member. At TechMDi, they design Audio and Video presentation and control systems for multimedia, educational and themed environments. TechMDinc is a team of passionate engineers who design, construct and deliver themed experiences with the most sophisticated technologies in the world. They specialize in audio, video and data systems that operate seamlessly, unseen by the audience. Their work provides the technical structure for great performances that leave a lasting impression. They enable their clients' creative visions with solutions that leverage advanced technologies while making their advantages easily accessible to the creative team, systems operators and maintenance staff.