Big things seem to happen when CEOs come together. The Alliance enables CEOs to help each other in strategic and powerful ways.
The Alliance, to me, is really about learning how to be a "best-in-class" leader in an unfettered learning environment.
Every single meeting that I attend, I walk away with at least one actionable item. There's something that I can take back to my company and use that afternoon.
If you’re crawling, you learn how to walk. If you’re walking, you learn how to run. If you’re running, you learn how to run faster. The Alliance is really a learning and sharing environment.
The saying that it's lonely at the top is true. CEOs have few independent confidants and my fellow Alliance CEOs have no vested interest other than to apply their experience to each others' business issues.
I am grateful to have the Alliance of CEOs on my side, especially in challenging times.
I take the time to meet with other CEOs because they are objective, knowledgeable outsiders who can 'call it like they see it.'
There's so many excuses not to spend the time, not to join, not to be part of the Alliance. Trust me - from someone who's been doing this for awhile, works with CEOs and knows the business environment - there are always twice as many reasons why you should be joining.
I can't imagine being a CEO without having the Alliance as part of my CEO tool kit.
By thinking through the problems of others, it helps to work out your CEO muscle in ways that you don't get to every day. That really translates into solving your own problems.
Every time, I leave my Alliance meeting with more energy, enthusiasm and ideas.
The Alliance has helped me become a better CEO for my company.
Other CEOs have dealt with the issues I face and help identify strategies that have worked for them.
If you can carve out time from your day job to get here, you will be rewarded.
There's multiple layers of benefits in the Alliance setting, beginning with friendships and building relationships.
Every time I come to an Alliance meeting, I walk away reinvigorated, thinking,'I don't want to miss one of these.'
My private Alliance Group forces me to work 'on my business' instead of in it... that's invaluable!
It's sort of like a sanity check each month.
You find yourself often thinking from a slightly different perspective than you would if you were sitting in your office.
Sometimes a single conversation can put your business on a better path. This is why I love the Alliance.
The fresh approach suggested by my Alliance Group was extremely effective in my latest board meeting.
The Alliance is a group of CEOs, like myself, facing similar challenges, in an array of different businesses. And, that is an invaluable source of input, and perspective, completely unbiased, completely confidential and extremely valuable. So it makes the Alliance worth every minute that I invest my time in.
As you work day to day, you get bogged down in how you do things, without thinking, 'is that the right way to do things or is that the only way to do things?' The Alliance gives you other options, other perspectives.
I have found our sessions a safe place to share ambitions and nightmares without fear of second guessing or information ending up out there in the wild.
The Alliance of CEOs is a group of very capable, interesting people who are dedicated to building businesses of one sort or another, and sharing their experiences with one another - their problems, their pain points and their successes with others like them...
CEOs need to try out the Alliance because it’s “experiential.” The value only comes from trying it and experiencing it.
The Alliance is a place where you're free to talk about issues in a way that allows you to get great knowledge, great experience and great perspective on your problems that you can't get anywhere else.
The Alliance culture is collaborative, and supportive. It's an environment of confidentiality where you can engage in strategic issues and other critical issues, with people that "get it."
I'm a big supporter of what the Alliance is doing - to continue to help develop executives and bring people together. I think it's the right thing, and that's why I like being a part of it.