Executive Events

Purpose

It is not unknown for organisations to recruit a group of highly talented individuals to the Director roles but fail to get the individuals to work well together as a collective. On the other hand, organisations can also fall lucky and have high-performing Executive Teams. This risk with this scenario is that a high-performing team can crash if key individuals leave.

The purpose of an Executive Event is to take the chance out of this. It is well established that the best way to develop a high-performing team is to put people in a room together and give them something they have in common to work on. An Executive Event lifts this idea up to an organisational and strategic level.

The ultimate aim of an Executive Event is to develop the Corporate Brain of an organisation. The signs of an effective Corporate Brain are that it:

(1) Takes direction from the leader
(2) Is able to debate issues of organisational importance with balanced participation and input from each member and come to a jointly accepted, sensible and strategic conclusion
(3) Is able to do Real Work quickly and efficiently, i.e. dissect something of organisational importance, identify issues, evaluate options and decide a way forward
(4) Thinks strategically and doesn't get bogged down in detail
(5) Prefers data over anecdote and opinion
(6) Talks with one voice back in the organisation
(7) Goes away and makes the decisions made and actions agreed happen
(8) Is able to take crises in its stride
(9) Is able to deal with changes in team composition without losing pace and performance
(10) Focuses on the customer

Running regular Executive Events will lead to all of the above.


     

Format and typical contents

These events are best run over 2 days at an off-site location conducive to strategic thinking. To really develop the Corporate Brain, the frequency needs to be a minimum of annually or, even better, 6 monthly.

Typical contents include:

Individual Work - high-level review
Leader Speaks
Getting to know each other better
Real Work
Strategy review

Who should attend?

(1) The Chief Executive/Managing Director
(2) Directors, i.e. direct reports

Download

Click here for the the Executive Events Briefing Note.