In this episode, Mitchell Levy introduces his co-host for the month of March, Jim Canfield, who is the CEO of Renaissance Executive Forums, a membership organization that helps companies become successful. Along with this episode’s guest, Bruce McLennan, Jim providesinsights on how forum groups can help top executives become better leaders and managers, make better decisions, and get through what is called “being lonely at the top.”Having organized a couple of CEO forums himself, Mitchell notes that such groups can havea powerful impact on its members. Bruce agrees, saying that he was amazed with the depth of what he could take away from the dialogues. He also narrates how forum groups helped him and his company get through dark times by providing support and guidance, as well as fresh ideas and perspectives.
Being part of a forum group means having informal accountability partners, people you respect askingabout where you are now and where you want to gonext.You will have people in the forum who will tell you straight up,”Look,you’re doing it the wrong way,” and check on your accountability in a good, friendly way. Jim also notes that, in executive forums, you get a genuine, objective third-party view of issues. Although members of the forum come from diverse backgrounds, Bruce points out thateveryonehas commonality in the issues they face every single day. According to Jim, because all of us are smarter than any of us, the idea that we can get a good collaborative group together,andcome up with a better solution thanwe would have on our own, should be important to every executive out there.
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• It’s nice to be able to sit in a closed room witha group of peers who really understand what you’re doing. @FarnsworthGrp#TLL
• Finding accountability partners is always relevant. @happyabout #TLL
• It’s really important for a CEO of an org to have a point of view. @jimcanfield #TLL
• All of us are smarter than any of us. @jimcanfield #TLL
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