Executive Peer Group Collective Wisdom
THE POWER OF INTERDEPENDENCY
I have been a fan of mastermind/peer groups for many years. It’s hard to believe that I joined my first group back in 2000. With the help of my peers, I learned what a servant leader was, and my role when leading. Along the way, I modeled the behaviors of visionary leaders, and learned how they were still able to keep their egos in check. I made much wiser financial decisions as a result of the group and I also gained necessary insights on when to exit a business endeavor.
Back in 2006, I started a business networking group called Owner's Ally Council. We had an excellent core group of people that wanted more, so we started a mastermind. I am very grateful to those members that helped me to get into the field of executive coaching. I love what I do, and their encouragement helped me to finally find my purpose.
THREE SUCCESS STORIES OF THE MASTERMIND
UNBIASED SUPPORT AND MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS
I had created a culture in my business of collaboration and trust with my teams, but wanted to meet regularly with successful colleagues outside my business that could give me unbiased input and support. So, I began reaching out to find people like me, who were successful and that I respected. I explained what my goals were and why I thought it would be advantageous for each to join me. To my surprise, most said yes immediately. Each of these leaders were looking for the same type of support. One of our main goals was to help each other dramatically increase sales revenues.
Since we joined Owner's Ally Council, we’ve met monthly via Google Meet and sometimes daily in the Facebook group. Not only have we become friends, but valued business advisors and collaborators. We share our best resources, practices, marketing ideas, systems, and connections. We’ve done numerous joint ventures with each other and all of our businesses have grown substantially.
SUCCESS IN REDUCING EMOTIONAL STRESS
I am the CEO and joint owner of a tech company. I was laboring over the decision of laying off a large number of employees in the company in the very near future. I shared with the my OA Council group the managerial and emotional challenges I was facing. I was very concerned about having to dismiss so many people; it was something that did not sit well with me and my values as a manager, a leader, and a human being. Many of my team had been with me for years. Some have disabilities, others are advanced in age, and still - others are actually family members.
The group was very supportive and gave me great feedback in making this tough decision. There were a few that faced similar challenges and had solid advice to give. I was scheduled later that day to have my one-on-one coaching session with Eric Miller. He helped me to push through the emotional labor as Eric puts it, so I could tap into my intelligent mind and not be stuck in the emotional states of depression and anger. I was given resources in the session that grounded me, and I was then able to re-channel my emotions and move forward.
Technology CEO, and Counsel
INCREDIBLE SUPPORT WHILE BEING FREE TO BE ME
I think what is most important about the Owner's Ally Council peer group is that I’ve learned and continue to learn how to belong to a community with varied life experiences, perceptions, and beliefs, and still, stay true to who I am.
I like these people. They are smart, open, collaborative, focused, and successful. They don’t make excuses; they are confident. I’ve learned so much from them, and I hope I’ve given as much in return. When we are stumped or have a business problem, we have a place to go to get honest feedback and direction.
Window Manufacturing CEO
RESTART IN THE WAKE OF COVID 19
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