The talented CEO of a global company was challenged on multiple fronts as he continued to grow his organization. Strategy questions, organizational design issues, board relations and executive performance issues became more prevalent and complex as the company continued to grow. Although he had a talented board of directors, they expected him to come with answers and plans, not questions and problems. He wanted access to a thought partner with C-level experience who could help him think through the tough issues.
The CEO asked me to meet with him on a regular basis for face-to-face confidential conversations to address the key questions and help him arrive at solid solutions. Our agreement also allowed for frequent “quick hit” phone calls to resolve smaller issues as well as availability for projects such as mergers and acquisitions, executive coaching for his senior team and other strategic issues on an as needed basis.
The company had consistent growth and record profits throughout this 7 year period even though their industry was declining. Tough performance issues were addressed much more quickly and effectively; organizational design issues were vetted confidentially before being implemented. Strategic questions were explored prior to board meetings and the CEO increased both his effectiveness and confidence. Over the course of this relationship, several “million-dollar moments” resulted from our conversations; ideas or directions that we uncovered that resulted in over a million dollars in positive impact for the company. The CEO is recognized by his board as an outstanding leader, with one board member—a managing partner in a private equity firm—saying that he is the most effective leader he has worked with.
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