The Lazy CEO Podcast

Peer Group Pros Discuss the Benefits of CEO Peer Groups

by Jul 24, 2023The Lazy CEO Podcast

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In this episode, Peer Group Pros Discuss the Benefits of CEO Peer Groups

  • The Lazy CEO Podcast features Jim Schleckser and his guest John Wilson – CEO Global Network, who discuss their experiences coaching CEOs and the challenges they face in the business world.
  • Both hosts run organizations that bring CEOs together in peer groups to foster learning and mutual success.
  • They emphasize the importance of transparency, vulnerability, and genuine connection to establish a high-trust environment among CEOs in their peer groups.

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The Lazy CEO Podcast welcomes Jim Schleckser, the host and founder of the CEO Project, and his guest, John Wilson, who runs the CEO Global Network in Toronto. Both have been coaching CEOs for years and decided to chat candidly about their experiences. CEO Global Network, like the CEO Project, brings CEOs together in peer groups to learn from each other and help each other succeed.

During the conversation, they discuss the top challenges CEOs face. John highlights that the most common issue is related to people and talent. CEOs often regret hiring or promoting the wrong person, and they struggle with decisions on investing in capital and technology like AI.

The hosts also share the three questions they ask CEOs during the interview process to determine whether they are a good fit for their networks. The questions revolve around identifying a past decision the CEO would change, the most critical upcoming decisions, and the number one thing the CEO needs to improve on as a leader.

They stress the importance of transparency and vulnerability in establishing a high-trust environment within their peer groups. Both agree that leaders must be willing to show vulnerability and lead by example. They also use certain techniques, like playing games such as “two truths and a lie” during initial meetings, to create a genuine connection and build trust among the peer group members.

Thank You to Our Guest

John Wilson

Following more than 40 years as an entrepreneur, business owner, and leader, John founded CEO Global Network in 2008 to significantly improve the success and lives of CEOs and executives, their families and their companies. His vision was and still is, to build the most effective leadership development program in the world, and he works every day to achieve this vision.

CEO Global Network brings CEOs together to learn from each other. Every CEO Global Network Group Leader and Mentor shares John’s desire to selflessly contribute to the growth and success of business leaders from both a personal and business perspective.

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