Why you need CEO peers to challenge your assumptions.

As a CEO and business owner, I needed more perspective. I was stale. I felt isolated at the top.

Even worse, no one was challenging my assumptions. Advice was everywhere — and always had an agenda attached.


I knew this: what I was doing was not producing the growth I wanted.

Something had to change.

I needed someone to question my answers.

I gathered with a dozen business owners — a CEO peer group. We met confidentially to share experiences and insights. We described our challenges and opportunities — and greatly benefited from each other’s agenda-free recommendations. We learned, as Daniel Joseph Boorstin said: “The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance. It is the illusion of knowledge.”

The results were substantial: my company became more professionally managed, process driven and — when I was ready — sellable.

This experience also improved my life beyond business. Held accountable by my peers, I allocated my time better. I stopped doing other people’s work. I was able to get home earlier. Life got better.

Want to grow — personally as well as professionally?  
Feeling “isolated at the top?”

I convene monthly meetings of business leaders, meet individually with members, and bring in experts (on topics of management and beyond).

Our groups are for business owners and CEOs; we have groups for key executives (who report to CEOs); and groups for solo practitioners and emerging leaders.

Chuck, let’s chat about whether I would fit in a Vistage peer group.

Can you say I am trustworthy, trusting, smart, ambitious, effective, glass-half-full, coachable, self-aware — and would fit at a table of CEOs, business owners, or key executives.

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