Imagine having a team of eight fellow business owners and CEO’s consistently meeting together with one goal in mind—to improve your success. They’ve come to know you personally, as well as your business aspirations and challenges, but they’re not directly in your business or industry. This type of interaction brings fresh ideas and an unbiased perspective to your unique challenges and opportunities. They walk alongside you and often point out unanticipated obstacles and speed bumps you might not have considered in your business strategy and planning.
There is no mystery surrounding the topics discussed in our CEO Roundtable, as many of the issues are quite common to business owners and CEOs. Members join our group looking for input on a variety of topics such as “Should I make that next executive hire now or later? What’s the best course of action to stay afloat in a declining economy? Should I take on a partner to advance the business? Is this the right time to sell or acquire another company? What’s the most effective way of incentivizing current employees and leadership teams?” If an issue is keeping you up at night, either from either a negative perspective or potential excitement, the CEO Roundtable is the place to get practical, real world wisdom. As one member shared, “My CEO Roundtable is where I go to get my answers questioned.”
In addition to monthly meetings with your peers, membership in the CEO Roundtable provides you with one-to-one coaching and mentoring with Barri directly. As an experienced entrepreneur and successful business leader herself, Barri helps group members sort through a myriad of demands, questions, issues and opportunities they are bombarded with daily. She helps them make wise decisions about the most important things to focus on or let go of in some cases.
“When I joined the group, my reason was to help with one set of issues. During our initial sessions it became very clear I needed to adjust my focus on other problems that the group helped me surface. Barri and the group have also helped me develop my plan of action, which was to replace two key members of the management team. While the decision was not easy, it has paid off in the areas of company moral, interdepartmental communications, and teamwork which is now at an all-time high. Anyone thinking about a peer group should ask themselves “Do I have challenges that are hard to deal with and I’m not sure what to do?” For me the answer to this question was that I needed to have a group like this, where I could share about my issues, get feedback, and fresh ideas and suggestions. I am grateful to this group of business owners & CEOs.”
Paul Cope, President, Auto-Graphics Inc.
“I have been a member of Barri Carian’s CEO Peer Advisory Group for about a year now and have accomplished more towards growing my business in this last year than I have since I started my business slightly over 20 years ago. Barri’s leadership and dedication to holding members accountable to the goals we set for the year, and each quarter, has resulted in a 35% revenue growth in the last 12 months. Not only have sales multiplied, but we have added two levels of mid-management so that I can spend the needed time strategizing the business for continued growth and expansion. In addition to the accomplished sales growth, next month we will be launching into a new market segment based on the advice, experiences and knowledge of my peers that has taken place over the last year. I welcome any business owner looking to develop business strategies that will take their business in the direction they would like to head, to consider joining this most worthwhile and valuable group.”
Stacy Sagowitz, President, Food Safety Systems