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Coaching and Peer Advisory Groups

Coaching and Peer Advisory Groups

I’ve founded, and won. Founded and failed and filled in for the failing. As an employee, a CEO, and Investor. I’ve seen failure from above and below and the side. I’ve been inside failure and outside. I understand CEO failure.

I’ve been a founder, A board member, a CxO and a CEO. I’ve spent 10 years working for Venture Capitalists on their failing investments doing “turn-arounds.” I’ve seen mild success and raging failure. I’ve experienced the victory of an IPO, a $100M private exit and corporate insolvency.

Today, I’m a CEO coach and Peer Advisory Facilitator.  Why? Because as a founder, and a board member, a CEO, a turn-around guy, I’ve participated in epic failures. Yet, in all the failures there were a few common threads. The most telling cause…. Isolation. The loneliness of leadership. A CEO rarely has a place to honestly air their fears and doubts. Most of a business leaders weightiest decisions are made in a fortress of solitude.

When I closed the door of my last turn-around in 2007, I vowed to never do another. I was no longer willing to officiate at the euthanization of a once promising company. To that end, I became a full time mentor and facilitator.

I signed up for Vistage to learn how to and become the best leadership coach and peer advisory facilitator I could be.  You see Vistage has a grueling admissions process. Multiple interviews, many of them videod, reviewed, ranked and rated by a multitude of experienced professionals.

One in ten Vistage candidates are accepted for training and out of all of us in my two week training class, only 40% of us earned the right to call ourselves Vistage Chair.

Only 40% of the 10% earned the right to work with leaders to be an alternative to isolation. That’s what a good business coach does. That’s the purpose of a strong Peer Advisory group.

When I no longer experienced the personal satisfaction and growth building a business for Vistage.. I created my own blue ocean version of the peer advisory process (see why I quit Vistage).

What should you look for when choosing a peer advisory group?

  1. What kind of training does the group facilitator bring to the process?
  2. What kind of on-going training do they receive?
  3. How much experience have they had in building, running a business?
  4. How much experience has the facilitator had with stressful, high pressure situations?
  5. Must members qualify for the group, what is the process, and is this a group where anyone who can write a check can join?
  6. Is the peer group professionally facilitated?

I challenge you to find an organization with more experienced, better trained, high performing Peer Group Leaders than the groups I coach.  I know that I have members in my group that came to me from less structured more ad hoc programs like Netcito, Entrepreneur Organization (EO) Forum and other organizations. They switched to Forward ThinkTank for the positive difference of being a part of a peer advisory group led by a vetted and well trained facilitator.

I don’t run a social club or a Frat House or a country club. It’s a place where work gets done. Where leaders commit to executing plans and where they are held accountable.

You wouldn’t go to a doctor whose training process was just hammering in a nail and hanging out his own shingle. You wouldn’t go to a heart surgeon who learned his trade from a book or an ashram. Your business, your family, your career and your future deserve the same level of professional training and certification standards you’d expect from your psychologist and your proctologist.

Why don’t you contact me and sit in on a complimentary sample Peer Advisory Board meeting and find out just how much value we can add to your business. Or easier still, why not press that little red button down there and schedule a sample, complimentary, no obligation, online coaching session.