What to Expect At Your First Meeting

You will be in a room with about a dozen managing director and CEO peers.  I split my groups into those above £3m turnover and 35 people and those with smaller businesses or who are leading divisions of a large businesses.  We're a friendly crowd and we want to get to know you and your business.

  • Continental breakfast

  • Each meeting starts with a check-in and a review of commitments from previous meetings.  This is not a talk shop - it's about taking action and leading change.  Expect to be held accountable by the group - also be ready to hold others accountable for the promises they have made to themselves.

  • Our guest speakers - six or seven times a year we have a guest speaker to talk on a subject chosen by the group.  These speakers are absolutely world class, covering almost everything from marketing, sales and finance to leadership, personal wellbeing and motivation.  You can see all the UK Vistage speakers here.  Check out my blog to hear from some recent group speakers.

  • Lunch

  • Executive session - this is where the rubber hits the road. Members roll up their selves and set to work on the issues, decisions and opportunities within their business, leveraging the combined brainpower around the table. This is about challenge, inquiry, thought and reflection. It's not meant to be a comfortable experience! Expect to be challenged and to have your thought processes tested by your peers. There's no agenda or oneupmanship - just a desire to get to the heart of the issue and plot a way forward. Equally, you need to be prepared to bring your experience to the table the help with other members' businesses. Everyone's responsible for helping each other make progress.

  • Review, commitments and close - as each meeting starts with a review, each meeting ends with commitments for the next month.  You've got stuff to do anyway, so use this as an opportunity to make sure it's the right stuff and use the group to hold you accountable.

Click here to find out more about Vistage Executive Peer groups in Bristol, Somerset and South Wales. Click here for the Vistage main website.

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