Accelerate Leadership Forum To Host Orientation Meeting on October 27; November 7 Start-date; Invest in Your A Player

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Give your organization a competitive advantage; invest in your most promising team member; prepare your firm's readiness to take on the next level of growth  

In the Accelerate Leadership Forum VIII ( a.k.a. Emerging Leader Forum VIII), we help accelerate the process of transforming good people into good leaders.

The Accelerate Leadership Forum is a ten-month forum, in which members meet for half-days monthly, with a curriculum that combines leadership and management training with peer-to-peer processing of real-life management opportunities.  The program is ideal for quickly-promoted managers or key personnel of mid-sized to large enterprises, owners/CEOs of smaller enterprises, or executive leadership within non-profit organizations.

Give your organization a competitive advantage and invest in your  promising associate that is moving up quickly.   Talk with us about how we might help them fill the gaps.

Please contact:

  • Ed Nicholson at Ed@ceoforums.us
  • Pear Pleetissamuth at Pear@ceoforums.us
  • Tim McFarland at Tim@ceoforums.us

DETAILS ABOUT THE ACCeLERATE LEADERSHIP FORUM VIII (“AL VIII”)

  • AL VIII begins November 7, 2017; enroll now and save your key person’s seat
  • Up to 14 members from different organizations; no competitors or conflicts

Who is best suited to enroll into this program?

  • A learner – Knows the value and importance of being a life-long learner
  • Growth-oriented – Eager to take on all that comes with each step of added responsibility
  • “Semi-rounded”—Someone whose growth trajectory has left opportunities for professional development, leadership and management skills.

Fundamental leadership development  includes:

  • Managing oneself
  • Managing and leading others—360 degrees
  • Adopting a strategic mindset
  • Basic finance and budgeting
  • Communicating with stakeholders
  • Contributing to a positive organizational culture
  • Peer-to-peer processing of opportunities and challenges , which allows members to practice managing diverse, real-life business challenges.
  • Competitively priced – $3,500 for organizations with more than 50 co-workers and $3,000 for those with less; members representing diversity receive $300 reduction
  • The more diverse the members, the richer the experience can be for all; those representing diversity receive a reduced price
  • In this tightening labor market, there is no doubt that your best talent will be recruited by competing organizations and will be evaluating their options. Companies that invest in their employees’ professional development increase loyalty and attain a competitive advantage.

Let us help your  A Player or B Player heading to A Player gain valuable knowledge, perspective and wisdom.

Learn more about the program, click here

ELEVATE PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCES START DATE FOR NEXT EMERGING LEADER FORUM (VII) – MARCH 15 | ENROLL NOW

Accepting Enrollment into Emerging Leader Forum VII

Moving Up Quickly Must Be Managed Effectively

March 15 Start Date

Great people move up quickly inside organizations.

The problem is, they often move up with skills gaps:

Knowing how to manage and lead people.  Knowing how to think strategically, beyond the narrower perspectives of functional excellence.   Knowing budgets and finances.  Knowing how to manage conflict.  Knowing how to communicate effectively, inside and outside the organization.  There are many more such opportunities.

If you’re a good leader, you were likely once there yourself.

In the Elevate Performance Emerging Leaders program, we help accelerate the process of transforming good people into good leaders.

The Emerging Leaders program is a ten-month forum, in which members meet for half-days monthly, with a curriculum that combines leadership and management training with peer-to-peer processing of real-life management opportunities.  The program is ideal for quickly-promoted managers of mid-sized to large businesses, owners/CEOs of smaller enterprises, or executive leadership within non-profit organizations.

Do you have someone who is an Emerging Leader?  Talk with us about how we might help them fill the gaps.

Please contact:

  • Ed Nicholson at Ed@ceoforums.us
  • Pear Pleetissamuth at Pear@ceoforums.us
  • Tim McFarland at Tim@ceoforums.us

 

Details About the Emerging Leader Forum VII (“EL VII”)

  • EL VII begins March 15, 2017; enroll now and save your key person’s seat
  • Up to 14 members from different organizations; no competitors or conflicts
  • Who is best suited to enroll into this program?
  • A learner – Knows the value and importance of being a life-long learner
  • Growth-oriented – Eager to take on all that comes with each step of added responsibility
  • “Semi-rounded”—Someone whose growth trajectory has left opportunities for professional development, leadership and management skills.
  • Fundamental leadership training includes
    • Managing oneself
    • Managing and leading others—360 degrees
    • Adopting a strategic mindset
    • Basic finance and budgeting
    • Communicating with stakeholders
    • Contributing to a positive organizational culture
  • Peer-to-peer processing of problems and opportunities allows members to practice managing diverse, real-life business challenges.
  • Competitively priced – $3,500 for organizations with more than 50 co-workers and $3,000 for those with less
  • The more diverse the members, the richer the experience can be for all; those representing diversity receive a reduced price
  • In this tightening labor market, there is no doubt that your best talent will be recruited by competing organizations and will be evaluating their options. Companies that invest in their employees’ professional development increase loyalty and attain a competitive advantage.

Let us help your key emerging leaders gain valuable knowledge, perspective and wisdom.

About Elevate Performance

Elevate Performance, founded in 2006, is the Northwest Arkansas region’s premiere convener of peer-peer forums for senior managers and emerging leaders. Elevate Performance ended 2016 with 88 members in seven forums for CEOs, middle managers and emerging leaders. In addition to delivering leadership development content, the forums offer members the opportunity to share best practices and process issues and opportunities in deep-trust, confidential environments.

HOW DO YOU MAXIMIZE THE VALUE OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP?

So you are a new member of one of our Seven Peer Advisory Groups.  Congratulations!  You can create a path toward success that is elevated above the path you were operating along before you became a member.

How do you get the most out of your forum?

There is a lot of value that can be extracted from your Peer Advisory Group.  Take the time to consider before arriving at a forum, how you invest your time when you have 10 trusted advisors in the room worth over $2k an hour combined.  Consider these paths to maximize:

  •  Even when you are not the lead presenter, you will receive a block of time from which to present and receive feedback around an important issue, challenge or opportunity.  Since you are not the lead presenter, your block of time will be around 10 to 15 minutes vs. 45 to 55 minutes.   Consider what fits for this block of time.  What issue, opportunity or challenge could you put forth and they could offer you feedback?  Where is your greatest opportunity?  Which situation is causing you the most frustration or what are you grappling with given that the issue is around an area where you don’t yet have experience?  Put these types of issues forward and ask for input.  You will be amazed at what comes back.
  • Alternatively, until you get in the rhythm of executing #1, process verbally what is most important to you. Remember, you have 10 or more leaders, your trusted advisors, from whom to gain advice.  So, month in and month out, use the advisors well!  To go the “softball route” or by not putting forth your most important “stuff” to the forum is both a compromise to your own career and to your fellow members.
  • Each member is exposed to quite a lot of valuable information and knowledge.  Sometimes, that item can be a nugget for others to learn about and apply.  Bring your nugget of a resource, tool, knowledge to the group when you know it is one that is valuable to all.
  • As often as possible, try to state your biggest challenge or issue for your own good but to make sure you have sorted out what is number one.  When it is your turn to be a lead presenter, which will be in about six months, you will most definitely want to put forth your largest challenge, issue or opportunity.  FYI, we rotate lead presenters each month.
  • Get to know other members via one-on-one gatherings and by attending each forum and adding value to what they present and desire to process.  Because of how much you help one another and how deep you sometimes go in solving challenges or seizing opportunities, you can develop some of your best long-term friendships with your peers in your forum.
  • Consider the Seven Pillars Essential for Leading Your Enterprise and see how well you might score in terms of your ability to execute some or all of each pillar.  No one can know each one to the fullest, so developing our leadership skills will be a lifetime affair.
  • Enjoy, have fun, be open, trusting, non-defensive and non-political but don’t be afraid to help another member get to where he or she needs to be in evaluating from where they are today in their leadership journey.

What might you be missing?

If you are a CEO of an organization or have C-suite responsibilities and desire to become CEO in the future, and your organization generates revenues between $1 million and $1 billion per year and you want to be a growth leader today and beyond, contact us at pear@ceoforums.us and let’s discuss whether membership is a good investment for you and your organization.  We love helping leaders elevate your performance.   Leaders consistently perform better and above their “pre-membership self.”  Commitment and engagement to your forum and to your leadership responsibilities are essential.

Let us help you Elevate your career path and leadership performance.

TAKING MENTORSHIP TO A NEW LEVEL

The dictionary defines “mentor” as an “experienced and trusted advisor.”   As part of the program’s curriculum, we strongly encourage members of the Elevate Performance Emerging Leaders Program to reach out to mentors as “experienced and trusted advisors.”   We know that many of you in the audience today have served in that capacity.  It’s deeply appreciated.

At Elevate Performance, we’ve chosen the term Super Mentor to describe someone who, without demanding attention for themselves, takes that advisor relationship to another level–deeper, farther and broader, influencing many people, in many different ways, and ultimately making our community a better place to live and do business.

Todd Wood was the inspiration for the first Elevate Performance Super Mentor Award, and in the past four years, we’ve honored several other community leaders with the award.

It’s inspiring to watch the work of Super Mentors. It’s difficult to imagine building a great community without them.  So it’s our privilege to honor five more Super Mentors this year with a very nice recognition, produced and provided by our partner, Creative, Northwest Arkansas’ premier promotional marketing and recognition consultants.

Last night at our Inaugural “Giving Thanks” Awards and Celebration, five outstanding leaders were recognized as Super Mentors.  Please click here to learn who was named.    Thank you for all who contributed and attended.

What might you be missing?  Let’s get to what matters most to you.  Contact us to learn more about our Peer-to-Peer advisory groups including CEO Forums, Elevate Forums and Emerging Leader Forums, our one-on-one coaching .  Contact us to learn more – pear@ceoforums.us .

NOVEMBER 17 EVENT – “GIVING THANKS” RECEPTION – FOR OUR MEMBERS, SUPER MENTORS AND SPOUSES

On November 17, we will host a reception to honor our members, leaders and emerging leaders and the great work you all do every day.  Members, special guests, and their spouses are invited.

We marvel at your work.  We appreciate what you contribute to our area and your employees.  This event is in your honor.  As part of this celebration, we’ll also be recognizing 13 bright Emerging Leader Forum V graduates (for a list, click here) and five newly-named Super Mentors (for a list, click here). We’ll also have brief remarks from the incredibly-inspiring Tommy Vanzandt of Sage Partners.

Reception:  5-8pm,  with a brief ceremony at 6pm.

The Emerging Leaders and Super Mentors will receive awards produced and provided by Creative, NWA’s premier promotional marketing and recognition consultants.

Wine, gourmet hors-d’oeuvres from Bordino’s, Mia Tarts and Local Craft Beer distributed by Arkansas Craft Distributors.

You have received your invitation via e-mail from our team member, Pear.

Thank you, Leaders!  You never cease to amaze us!

The Elevate Performance Team,

Tim, Ed and Pear