Follow the Leaders
Ever wonder what happens in a CEO Roundtable? Sorry. I can’t tell you. It’s confidential. But I can tell you about the process.
Great CEO Roundtables are characterized by discipline and structure. That structure is contained in the meeting agenda, which rarely varies. By adhering to this proven structure, a Roundtable establishes a rhythm that creates opportunities for learning and growth. Here is a sample Roundtable agenda.
3:00pm Review and agree upon agenda
Assign roles (Timer, Scribe, Process Observer)
3:05pm Updates Prep
3:15pm Updates Share (4 min each)
Build Parking Lot
4:10pm Review Presentation Format*
• One Word Open
• Confidentiality Reminder
• Communication Starter (30 sec/person)
• Presenter Purpose (1 min)
• Does Group Understand Purpose/Is It Clear?
• Presenter Presents (15 min max)
• Q&A (30 min max)
• Silence (3 min)
• Experience Sharing (3 min/person)
• Presenter Summary (3 min)
• One Word Close
4:11pm Presentation #1
5:35pm Presentation #2
• Attendance/Tardiness – Inform group of standings
• Scheduling Issues
• Presenter and Coach confirmation
• What worked and what did not
So that’s what happens in a CEO Roundtable. But really, the only way to really know is to join one!
The Virginia Council of CEOs has launched a new program for CEOs of companies with 100 or more employees. The Council has more than 130 CEO members involved in monthly CEO Roundtables. Most of these members have fewer than 50 employees.
Scot McRoberts, Executive Director of the Virginia Council of CEOs said, “We have several members with larger, more complex businesses who wanted to learn from other CEOs like them. The issues facing a CEO with 150 employees and national or international scope are just very different from those of a smaller, local business owner. Our new CEO Forum is the answer.”
The Council has already organized its first CEO Forum, and is talking to a number of CEOs about the next group. CEO Forums are made up of 8 to 10 non-competing CEOs. The Forums meet quarterly for a full day, using the same best-practice model used by Council CEO Roundtables. The quarterly meetings are professionally facilitated and also feature the additional component of a guest expert on a topic of the members’ choosing.
The Virginia Council of CEOs is an independent, not for profit association. The Council connects CEOs so that they can learn from each other.