Two big events prompt today’s conversation about friends and family – the Washington Nationals won the World Series and Leo got married. Whether it’s a major private event like getting married or winning a championship with the whole world watching – it’s the friends and family who surround us who make the difference. Join us for the conversation!
Leo was recently asked to pinch hit as a keynote speaker at a conference in San Diego for a highly specialized audience. Realizing his “power of peers” message had little to do with what the conference was all about, he understood it had everything to do with why they were there – to learn, connect and grow. This inspired him to create a new keynote titled, Maximizing the Value of Your Conference Experience. During our conversation today, we talk about how to tap into the greatest resource at these kind of events – your fellow attendees.
We also touch on the Washington Nationals sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals and the value of the special people who make a difference in our lives.
Today’s show isn’t about partisan politics. It’s not a conversation intended to further the polarization within our country. Quite the contrary, it’s about the power of collaboration and all the benefits we may be missing in our collective failure to wake up and figure this out. Today’s topics include compassion, forgiveness, consideration, cooperation, and collaboration.
Today, Leo and Randy discuss working together. This conversation was prompted by Leo’s upcoming trip to Oslo, Norway where he’ll speak, then serve on a panel discussion at the Executive Growth Alliance.
Craig Weber – author of Conversational Capacity: The Secret To Building Successful Teams That Perform When The Pressure Is On (and a new book, Influence In Action: How To Build Your Conversational Capacity, Do Meaningful Work, and Make A Powerful Difference)
Leo’s books – The Power of Peers and What Anyone Can Do
Leo wrote a piece for CEOWORLD Magazine titled, How Great CEOs Maximize Peer Relationships. Today, we talk about the natural progression of business relationships and how we engage with others: we connect, network, optimize and accelerate.
Whether we’re part of a team or a group, we can all learn how to take greater advantage of our opportunities with others. That’s the point of the work we do at Peernovation and it’s the point of this podcast – doing the things anyone can do, but the things most of us never will.
It’s funny how language can inspire aha moments. I love Sekou Andrews‘ work for that reason, because for me, he offers much more than clever turns of phrase. When you unpack his brand of poetry, there’s always such rich meaning to be extracted if you take the time to do so. He has since inspired me to look for that deeper meaning no matter who mouths the words.
So during a workshop I conducted for a Vistage Emerging Leaders Group in San Antonio today, one of the members shared that the group was incredibly effective because the members had grown to develop a “vested interest” in the outcome for each of their member’s actions. I immediately asked, “What do you mean by that?”
To digress for a moment, I’d like you to consider my frame of reference for asking the question. When I grew up learning this stuff during my early days with Vistage, part of the value proposition was that CEOs and business leaders could meet with peers who had no “vested interest” in the outcome – meaning they had no financial or professional skin in the game. The point was that they could receive impartial advice from people who knew exactly what it was like to sit in their chair and who had nothing to gain one way or the other.
The vested interest the member was referring to today was quite different. It was vested interest of a higher order. It had nothing to do with personal gain. It had to do with the emotional connection they’ve developed for one another when it comes to wins and losses. While members may join a group without having a vested interest in their fellow members’ outcomes, one could argue that, over time, acquiring this brand of vested interest makes the group that much better. If you think about it, this is exactly what every peer group should be shooting for.
Sekou says, “Tapping into the collective intelligence makes our whole greater than the sum of our smarts.” I learn something new every time I work with a new group. That’s why I love doing it so much! A big thanks to Sekou Andrews and to everyone who challenges us to think about the world a little differently.
Meet Jennifer Vessels, CEO of Next Step. Her latest initiative, called Executive Growth Alliance (EGA), works to assemble and facilitate groups of peers who are part of a common ecosystem (transportation, health, etc.). Jennifer’s proactive, systems thinking approach to future-readiness is among the topics of our conversation today!
For information about the Executive Growth Alliance Summit in Oslo (late August, 2019), you can contact Jennifer directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and 1 650 218 0902 or 47 90230982.
Ronan Leonard is The Mastermind Guy. He connects small business owners to support groups through the innovative concept of virtual masterminds. Ronan believes there is high value in making real peer-to-peer connections. You can find out more about Ronan and his work by visiting Eccountability.io.
Yesterday, I spoke to an audience of CEOs and business leaders at the Vistage Executive Summit in Washington, DC. I was doubly excited about having been invited because I not only knew it would be a great event, but I’d also get to visit my youngest daughter who lives in DC. I arrived a day early where we met for a lovely lunch, enjoyed a trip to the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, and took in a Nationals game. For the purpose of this post, I’d like to focus on the Renwick Gallery.
The featured exhibit is called Connections, and I was struck by the first paragraph of its description painted on a wall:
“The Internet has fundamentally transformed the way we think over the last quarter century. We now see the world through an infinite web of “hyperlinked” ideas. We have information at our fingertips like never before and our attention has shifted from the data-driven to the interpretive, seeking out patterns and cultivating relationships. Connecting is at the heart of modern life, and the connections we make whether factual or fantastic, tell us stories about ourselves and the world among us.”
I was also intrigued by a quote I discovered later during our tour of the exhibit:
“Everything eventually connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” – Charles Eames
When we talk of peer advantage, we mean people connections with individuals and in group settings. I incorporated what I saw at the Renwick Gallery into my presentation to the CEOs and business leaders at the event the following day. As you might imagine, it added a certain weight – a special brand of gravity to the value of the people we surround ourselves with and how and why they matter so much. It’s these connections that so often either lift us up, drag us down, or hold us at bay. Food for thought for the weekend, as you are hopefully spending time with those whom personally lift you up the most.
*The featured image is from the exhibit – a woven sculpture by Janet Echelman. I invite you to read its description here and check out her amazing work by clicking on her name.