Giant Leap hosts peer mentoring groups for business owners in Vancouver, BC, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The CEO Council serves as a confidential forum of company presidents and CEOs who support one another in grappling with difficult business issues and considering whether and how best to capitalize on potential opportunities. The Council is a valuable sounding board for new ideas before the CEO introduces them to his or her business partners, management team or board of directors.
There are a number of good peer mentoring organizations active in North America. What makes Giant Leap stand out is that we focus on the whole person, in keeping with our core purpose of helping entrepreneurs create the lives they want to live.
Our presentation methodology ensures that Council members get the most for their time and money invested in the experience. We also excel at helping business owners apply research-based business learnings in a practical way in their own companies.
If you feel that it really is lonely at the top, and you want to become a more confident and competent leader, contact us about joining a Giant Leap CEO Council near you.
The CEO Council
The CEO Council serves as a personal board of directors for business owners, presidents and CEOs who want to improve their business results. It is a place for learning, problem solving and relationship building in a confidential setting. Council members come away from their time together with greater clarity and motivation. Peer mentoring, trust and mutual accountability are the foundations that make the CEO Council a powerful experience.
Council meetings are facilitated by George Noroian, business mentor and president of Giant Leap Management Solutions, or another Giant Leap mentor with extensive business experience. The work of the Council draws on the following:
Presentations – Members bring business and personal issues and opportunities to the group for feedback. Using a structured presentation methodology, the group quickly hones in on the heart of the issue and provides valuable insights and advice. Ad hoc presentations or meetings can take place outside of regular meeting times if a member has an emergency issue or opportunity on which he or she would like feedback from the group.
Monthly Updates – Council members update each other on their businesses’ financial results, challenges and opportunities, as well as key aspects of their personal lives – self, relationships and community.
Accountability – Each member selects an accountability partner from the group, to help keep each other focused on achieving their quarterly priorities between meetings. The accountability pairings change every four months.
Brainstorms – The Council shares knowledge on subjects of mutual interest by tapping into the brain trust that exists within the group.
Learnings – The group chooses topics it wants to learn more about. The content is delivered by the mentor or outside subject matter experts. Members often present on areas of their own interest or expertise, including reading business books together and sharing insights with other members.
Annual Offsite – Each year the group travels to a mutually agreed upon location for three days of learning, relaxation and bonding. Since the locations can be quite nice (such as Hawaii, Laguna Beach, California Wine Country, Whistler), members are encouraged to extend their trips and invite their spouses. Although spouses are not permitted to attend any of the working sessions, group events take place to bring everyone together. Members agree that the offsite is the most important event of the year and is the time when the best insights are reached and lasting relationships are formed.
CEO Council members find the experience an excellent way to get grounded, stay connected and take their game to the next level. Things commonly heard:
“The Council is a safe place to test ideas.”
“My group has my back.”
“The group helps me expose my blind spots.”
“The Council is a great place for my continuing education.”
“I really like the connection I feel with the others in my group.”
The format of the Council is as follows:
- Each group aims to have 10 members maximum. Members are business owners from a variety of businesses and backgrounds. A diversified membership group is a priority for the Council.
- There are ten meetings a year between September and June: six half-days, three full-days (in the fall, winter and spring) and one three-day offsite.
- Members host regular meetings and provide breakfast or lunch
- Each meeting has a predictable but flexible agenda.