Emerging Leader Forum Launches With High Level of Diversity in Members – Rich!

We are grateful to have the opportunity to work with the recently enrolled Emerging Leader Forum ‘Fall 2013.’  Fourteen emerging leaders enrolled and are now members of the Emerging Leader Forum ‘Fall 2013.’  The group represents a degree of diversity that we have not previously seen in leadership / emerging leader groups.  As we are all learning, and we strongly believe, the greater the diversity of any group, the richer the opportunity is to learn from one another.

How the Program Works

Members will invest three hours a month in a confidential setting learning from one another and from the facilitators of the program.  Members are asked to invest another three hours during the month learning from “best in class” materials. These materials were derived from:

  • contributions made by every CEO Forum member relating to each member’s successes and failures and resources that he or she has brought to the CEO Forums considered valuable and actionable to leaders of small to midsize organizations.
  • the Six Pillars Essential for Leading Your Enterprise.  The Six Pillars were derived from the experience and learning of Elevate’s founder while serving in his career, over 500 CEO’s along with what he has learned from his successes and failures.

At each forum, two of the fourteen members will formally present an Issue / Opportunity using our disciplined process.

As a result, we believe that members will gain insights and perspectives that one just cannot get any other way.

Please congratulate the members of the Emerging Leader Forum ‘Fall 2013′ for “leaning in.”

We offer these two notables about this group:

  • the quality of organizations investing in their emerging leaders.
  • how diverse the group is.  As can be found in the statistics to follow relating to how diverse the group is, members can look forward to an experience that will be further enriched due to it’s highly diverse make-up.

 

 Members of Emerging Leader Forum ‘Fall 2013′

Anna Cottrell                  Lola Boutique

Barbara Busiek               NWA Regional Airport

Carlos Giraldo                Rockline Industries

Jeff Gabbard                   Bowman Hospitality Group

Marshall Saviers           Sage Partners

Martine Pollard             Mercy Hospital NWA

MaryKathryn Floyd    Groundserv

Matt Dromy                    Modthink

Rob Gutteridge              NWA Business Journal

Stacey Sturner               Northwest Arkansas Council

Tomas Blodgett             Multi-Craft Contractors, Inc.

Tim Maddox                   deMx architecture

Boo Buchanan                Creative Awards

Nicole Shipley               Entrepreneur

Facilitating Team

Todd Wood                    Super Mentor

Michael Iseman           Elevate

Tim McFarland            Elevate

 

Diversity Stats

This group is represented, in terms of diversity, as follows:

Female – Six

Columbian born – One

German born – One

Irish-German-African-American-Indian – One

Caucasian Male – Five

 

Specific Deliverable of Program

During the eight month period, each member will identify two areas of leadership or of areas of expertise that he or she desires to improve upon and considered the two areas that if developed further, will position he or she to be increasingly valuable to the organization for whom he or she works.  With the assistance of Tim and Todd, we will develop a plan of action to develop each area.

 

What is The “Why” for What We Do? 

Our passion is to creating environments where CEO’s, leaders and aspiring leaders of small to midsize organizations can gain insights and knowledge around challenges and issues that can sometimes be daunting while also exposing you to valuable information and knowledge around leading your enterprise such that you can always be elevating your performance.  We desire to deliver a platform where you:

  • never have to “go it alone” and have a safe environment to process issues, challenges and opportunities important to your success.
  • can engage with your peers and with the leadership of Elevate in ways that you are able to return to your leadership position and make better decisions while also advancing your ability to bring the best out in others.

If we aren’t growing, are we not going backwards?  

Let’s discuss how you can join with us and be assured that you can increasingly contribute to the value you deliver to your organization.

Our Mission – Helping Leaders Elevate Performance.

 

Lean In with Jeannette Balleza Collins and Sheryl Sandberg

There is nothing more valuable in our organization than embracing diversity. What can we learn from Jeannette Balleza Collin’s recommended reading book, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg? Lots! And what can we learn from Norah’s interview on 60 minutes last Sunday night? Lots! A “must read / must study” for every leader of every organization!

60 minutes interview:

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50142538n

To order the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Lean-In-Women-Work-Will/dp/0385349947

Who is Jeannette Balleza Collins?

2012 Super Entrepreneur Developer Jeannette Balleza Recieves Award from CEO Forum Member, CEO of Creative Awards, Steve McBee.
2012 Super Entrepreneur Developer Jeannette Balleza Recieves Award from CEO Forum Member, CEO of Creative Awards, Steve McBee.

The CEO Forums Survey – Top 15 Best Practices for Recruiting and Hiring Great People

Members of the CEO Forums were asked to nominate Best Practices  for recruiting and hiring great people.  Then members were asked to rank those best practices.  Below are the results.

  1. Seek people that are first a cultural fit
  2. Hire people that are smarter than you
  3. Look for great talent and hire them; first who and then what
  4. Use trusted network / referrals
  5. Start with internships when possible
  6. You have to be recruiting all of the time
  7. Ask the question, “would I follow this person?”
  8. For managerial positions, utilize situational interviews
  9. Utilize pre-screening to make sure they are real candidates
  10. Use personality profile tools to assess the individual on many fronts; Caliper profile and Assess are two we have used; these are used to trigger red flags such as aggressive tendencies, high ego, low analytical ability, etc; used for who not to hire
  11. Strive to evaluate the “emotional quotient,” hard to discern in interview yet one can now purchase EQ tests at Barnes and Nobles or online
  12. Never hire someone when you need them/ work on great people long-term
  13. Always be observing and when one finds impressive people, seek them out
  14. Before process begins, first define what you believe is a “great person” or an “A Player”
  15. The best people we brought on were not looking when we recruited them

Elevate and CEO Forums strive to create the best learning environments for leaders through Peer Group Forums, the Elevate Speaker Series, Advisory Services & Toolboxes / Content important to your success.

12 Leaders | 1 Board Room | Peer Group Forums

Elevate is expanding its Peer Group Forums during 2013 from 3 to 6.

Each member gets the opportunity to:

  • invest three hours a month of “theta” time in a trusting setting with peers to process issues and opportunities and learn new and better ways to execute.
  • benefit from the collective wisdom of the experienced leaders whose combined value is estimated to be over $2,000 per hour, your alternative board of directors

Let us know if you or someone you know might benefit from joining a Peer Group Forum. Membership is by invitation.

Learning from Rockline Executive Nick Santoleri

Please enjoy learning from Nick Santoleri, executive of Rockline Industries.  Nick was a recent speaker at the Elevate Speaker Series by CEO Forums.  This post highlights the first three clips of Nick’s presentation via the “CEOForums” channel on YouTube.

Who is Rockline?

Rockline is a global, world class manufacturer of premium quality products for both branded and private label categories. From coffee filters to wet wipe products, Rockline offers a comprehensive line of products for your everyday lifestyle. Rockline is a recognized leader in innovation, product development, research, design, and manufacturing.  Learn more here:  www.rocklineind.com

What Can We Learn?

Nick’s topic is “Growing with Underdeveloped Resources.”  This is the challenge for all growth companies as at each stage the larger company needs new resources and desires to respect the talent and resources that got us to where we are today.

Part One, learn about:

  • How to think about Space
  • Growing with underdeveloped resources
  • Facilities around the globe
  • Unique Vision

Click here to watch:

http://scrbe.us/u2

Part Two, learn about:

  • Recruiting
  • Driving without a spare tire
  • Defining Stakeholders
  • How Can Companies Grow?

Click here to watch:

http://scrbe.us/u3

Part Three, learn about:

  • example comparing people and the train
  • clarity
  • how to work smarter – example starring Tom Porterfield
  • high performance organizational chart / high performance teams

Click here to watch:

http://scrbe.us/u4

We will highlight part’s four through six in a different post but they also are now available for your viewing and learning.  Thank you Nick for investing the time to prepare and present such valuable content for those leading organizations.   

Elevate strives to create the best learning environments for leaders through Peer Group Forums, the Elevate Speaker Series, Advisory Services & Toolboxes / Content important to your success.

12 Leaders | 1 Board Room | 6 Peer Group Forums

Elevate is expanding its Peer Group Forums.

Each member gets the opportunity to:

  • invest three hours a month of “theta” time in a trusting setting with peers to process issues and opportunities and learn new and better ways to execute.
  • benefit from the collective wisdom of the experienced leaders whose combined value is estimated to be over $2,000 per hour, your alternative board of directors

Let us know if you or someone you know might benefit from joining a Peer Group Forum. Membership is by invitation.

Learning from Donnie Smith, CEO of Tyson Foods

We recently had the opportunity to learn from Donnie Smith upon hearing him speak at The Summit a couple of weeks ago (http://vimeo.com/channels/summit).

What inspired us is how, in our opinion, Donnie’s recommendations for leading can apply to any leader at any size organization.  Let’s see if you agree.  In this first post, we will include 10 things we learned from Donnie. While the descriptions are pretty exact, they are not exact quotes.   There are many more so look for future posts.

1. First, we must get real honest about where we are (find the truth).

2. Covey says, “Begin with the end in mind.  What would it look like if done well?”

3. On the past:  Let’s not focus too much too much on how we got here (challenges that preceeded Donnie’s tenure as CEO).  There is a reason our rear view mirror is so small and our windshield is larger.  Let’s quit looking in the rear view mirror and focus on what is in front of us and especially what we can see out of our front windshield.

4. We want to get customers to fall in love with us.

5.  We set goals to be in the top quartile of performance in every major area in which we operate.

6.  Then we went to work on building the momentum to bridge the gap.

7.  MTMTTMT – Make the main thing the main thing; in our case the main things were focus and speed.

8.  On focus, what are the five or six things we need to do?  It is all about prioritization.  The most important thing we do at Tyson Foods is manage distractions.

9.  In order to execute better, we chose to focus on our team and our customers.  Which one did we focus on first?  Most people answer customers.  We actually began with our people.

10.  If we take care of our employees, they will take care of the customers and that will take care of our owners (shareholders).

Great leaders likely don’t want to be put on some pedestal but we sure think Donnie Smith is a worthy person for whom to study should we be leading a small company, a division, a charitable cause or even a large company.

As always, we hope you find this of value.

Never Stop Learning | Make Better Decisions | Join A Peer Advisory Group

Should you or someone you know have an interest in joining a Peer Advisory Group or a CEO Forum, please contact us at tim@ceoforums.us.  Membership is by invitation and we are currently in an expansion mode.  Thank you.

 

 

 

How Much Does Leadership Matter? Steve McElhanon

How much does Leadership Matter?  Please consider listening to one of the best presentations we have heard on why leadership does matter.

As an example, Steve McElhanon shared the following with us,

“As a leader, a lot of things are entrusted to your stewardship

  • Trust that the customers place in you
  • Financials of the company
  • Investors
  • Most importantly, the careers of the people who work for you”
Listen to how Steve describes why “Leadership Matters” via his valuable presentation at the Elevate Speaker Series by CEO Forums via this link:
Thank you Steve for your great presentation and investing time to help our members and friends learn how to better lead our organizations.

Rockline Industries’ Impressive Sustainability Record

Please find below a link to an article about Rockline Industries’ most impressive record on Sustainability.  In getting to know Rockline Industries as an organization and an exceptional leader, Nick Santoleri along with Super  Engineer / Leader in Training Gabriel Macahdo, members of CEO Forum I and III respectively, we have learned just how world class this organization is and it’s people are!

Congratulations, Rockline, for your impressive record in Sustainability.  See article here:

http://scrbe.us/s8 

 

CEO Forum I Strengthened by New Members Van Zandt & Blair

So we took the chance of inviting Tommy Van Zandt to join CEO Forum I, just in case he would want to join & it might add value to his month.  We knew it would ours!  He accepted our invitation & today we had our first CEO Forum I together.  It was a meaningful one!

Here is why:

1.  Tommy added so much today in valuable input as we met and processed issues, opportunities and challenges in a trusting setting among peers.

2. And there was a bonus to today’s CEO Forum I.  We also talked Lynn Blair, with no pressure….. yet to engage all she would like, into becoming a full fledged CEO Forum I member.  And yes she has already added value to the dialogue.

Thank you Tommy and Lynn for investing time with us and adding value in day one, Forum I.  And there is no doubt that both of you have strengthened CEO Forum I.

Tommy’s experience and wisdom in commercial real estate dating back to all that one can learn from the ups and downs of the high growth market like Dallas in both the 1980′s and 1990′s, is almost unmatched.

And Lynn’s experience as a pharmaceutical professional, the most professional manner in which she carries herself, on top of the fact that she has chosen a career path of being a care giver for one of NWA’s Hero’s of Gratitude, Tommy V, is rich.  Furthermore, Lynn and Tommy’s wonderful spouse, Robyn, were college classmates and have reacquainted in a most meaningful way.

We hope the CEO Forum can add to the richness of both of your lives, Tommy and Lynn!

CEO Forum I Meets with New Members Blair and Van Zandt

Park Anders, Tom Porterfeild, Mike McFarland, Tommy Van Zandt, Lance Johnson, Scott Van Laningham, Alan Fortenberry, Tim Mc, (not in photo is Alex Lostetter, Nick Santoleri, Ted Belden and newest member Lynn Blair)

Please welcome and congratulate our two newest CEO Forum I members, Tommy Van Zandt and Lynn Blair.

 

 

“How to Manage When You Have No Clue” from CEOU.ORG

We found this article from CEO University particularly enlightening.

We hope you do as well. It is titled, “How to Manage When You Have No Clue.”

Here is the link:

http://scrbe.us/rx

Bright, curious, engaging leaders who never want to stop learning find Peer Group Forums to be extra valuable for your career development.  Never stop learning, join a Peer Group, An Elevate Forum by CEO Forums today.    Contact us at tim@ceoforums.us.

Thank you CEO University for the great information!