This month I am launching our first Thought Leadership Boardroom Program. Twelve senior leaders from one of the world’s best fast moving consumer goods businesses will be spending a year focusing on developing a growth mindset (their strategic focus for the year). Next month we launch our second program, for a global professional services firm, with quarterly meetings designed around their themes.

My guests for the first program include a psychology specialist contrasting acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy, a learning culture expert, and the country’s number one collaboration expert. I will be holding the space for the leadership team’s journey over the year.

This is going to be a great way to introduce new ideas to the leaders of the business in a way that is engaging, effective, relevant and meaningful. Great leaders need to have a strategy around opening their own minds, developing novel insights which allow them to join the dots and make sense in a rapidly changing world.

Great leaders need to have a strategy around opening their own minds.

What’s your growth plan for the next 12 months? What lectures will you attend, what books will you read, and what conversations will you have which open your mind? Like physical exercise, it’s not hard to do, but it’s easy not to do. So make a commitment to expand your mind this year, expose yourself to idea viruses. Sit in conversations that make you uncomfortable. Grow.

Sit in conversations that make you uncomfortable. Grow.

My eight tips for launching your own leadership boardroom (with or without me 😉):

  1. Pick a theme for the year and chunk that down to sub themes per quarter.

  2. Make it an express book club. Develop a reading cadence built around book summaries and abstracts.

  3. Get a trusted, connected, savvy facilitator who can curate the experience and act as the continuity anchor for the experience.

  4. Spend time making ideas relevant to the leadership team’s agenda.

  5. Focus on conversations, not just presentations. The discussion is as valuable as the ideas.

  6. Start each meeting with a question and finish with decisions.

  7. Don’t go too long. Three hours a quarter should do it.

  8. Eat together afterwards.

And of course if I can help you run your program I would be honoured.