Greensboro, North Carolina (PRWEB) April 08, 2014
Data from the Executive Coaching Survey by the Center for Leadership Development and Research (CLDR) at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance, and The Miles Group reveals the serious nature of the isolated CEO problem. But it also suggests a possible solution.
In addition to the more than two-thirds of CEOs feeling isolated at the top, the survey also revealed that nearly 100% of CEOs said they would enjoy the process of receiving coaching and leadership advice. More than 200 CEOs, board directors, and senior executives of North American public and private companies were polled for the survey.
“Given how vitally important it is for the CEO to be getting the best possible counsel, independent of their board, in order to maintain the health of the corporation, it’s concerning that so many of them are ‘going it alone,’” says Stephen Miles, CEO of The Miles Group.
There are many fee-based CEO peer groups (also known as ‘executive roundtables’ or ‘mastermind groups’) across the country offering opportunities for owners, presidents, and CEOs to gather with their peers and have dialogue in a confidential open table format. Some are regionally specific and others are industry specific. But there are also some that offer comparable services delivered within the context of an applied Biblical worldview for Christian chief executives who seek to be effective servant leaders and lead life according to the eternal perspective.
One such group is The C12 Group, America’s leading equipper of Christian CEOs with nearly 1400 members from coast-to-coast, leading businesses of $1 million to $1 billion in annual sales, across 75 metro areas and 30 states.
According to Don Barefoot, C12’s President and CEO, “C12’s proven process is beyond simple executive coaching in that it provides challenging lifelong learning materials and professionally-facilitated group and one-on-one counsel to give member CEOs the kind of objective and trustworthy counsel they couldn’t hope or afford to retain in a typical company board setting. In what we’ve come to call ‘The C12 Difference’ our members sharply outperform their industry peers in both weak and strong economic conditions and have proven to be much more resilient and growth-oriented. They also learn to live one life that truly matters for eternity while serving stakeholders in a way that both ministers to them and results in loyal long-term clients. This comes from our unique integrated approach combining applied MBA-level ‘best business practice’ materials, case studies, self-assessments, and ‘iron sharpening iron’ peer discussion within a safe, confidential, setting where Biblical principles guide the conversation."
C12's uncommon focus on the fundamentals of planning, execution, organizational development, stewardship, and finishing strong - no matter the God-given circumstances – results in C12 receiving high ratings from its members, many of whom remain members until they retire or sell their companies to next generation leadership. In fact, a recent national C12 member survey rated C12’s overall service a 9.3 out of 10 with more than 70% of those having prior experience with executive coaching and roundtable organizations saying that C12 provides both superior value and impact.
The C12 Group attributes its continued membership growth to top executives realizing the need for trustworthy peers, lifelong learning, and wise counsel as a counterbalance to the intense sense of isolation that can potentially hinder their ability to be objective and decisive in successfully performing their jobs as leaders and general managers.
C12 membership, a mix of business CEOs, Presidents and Owners, increased 19% over the 12 months ending January, 2014, a continuation of the trend that has seen this Christian CEO roundtable organization grow at a 20% annual rate over the last decade.
As a C-Level Executive, Barefoot understands the pressures facing those at the top. He strongly believes the solution to not feeling isolated and constantly scrutinized, is to become a member of a confidential and trustworthy peer group. Because a peer group free of any conflicts of interest and hidden agendas, can be a powerful process for personal and professional growth.
The C12 Group is America’s leading roundtable for Christian CEOs and Owners ‘building great businesses for a greater purpose’. C12 Members gather monthly for a unique, proven peer forum to engage in worthwhile continual learning, brainstorming, intentional accountability, and to share proven best practices, combined with eternal perspective. Members also receive monthly counsel through one-on-one sessions, an annual business review, and an online library of high-impact leadership tools. Founded in 1992 by Buck Jacobs, dedicated Christian author and CEO, C12’s mission is to change the world by bringing forth the Kingdom of God in the marketplace through the companies and lives of those He calls to run businesses for Him.
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