Here’s another way to not be the “old boss”: Get your ass out of the room! I sat through an annual CEO 360 review at a company that has been very serious about executive development since inception. It reminded me how powerful this is when it’s done correctly.

In this particular case, the entire board and management team had an hour-long facilitated discussion without the CEO in the room. The facilitator is not an employee of the company but has worked with the entire management team on executive development as they’ve grown over the past 5+ years.


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Here’s another way to not be the “old boss”: Get your ass out of the room! I sat through an annual CEO 360 review at a company that has been very serious about executive development since inception. It reminded me how powerful this is when it’s done correctly.

In this particular case, the entire board and management team had an hour-long facilitated discussion without the CEO in the room. The facilitator is not an employee of the company but has worked with the entire management team on executive development as they’ve grown over the past 5+ years.

This company is doing extremely well and the CEO is excellent. What makes the situation extraordinary is the fact that he’s comfortable enough with himself (and his team) to step out of the room and allow us (board and management) to have a candid, direct, confidential discussion. It is an important message to everyone.

Most interestingly to me was the value of the conversation. Even though this group has worked together for a long time, the company continues to evolve and the CEO knows he has opportunities to continue to grow. By having this type of a candid conversation across the team and the board, it creates real clarity around where the personal growth opportunities for the CEO are.

A minority of the companies I’m on the board of do this, but this particular CEO 360 Review motivated me to rethink that and encourage it in more cases. Do you have the guts, honesty and commitment to excellence to embrace this process? If you want to be a burning entrepreneur, you’d better!

Comment by Carl Robinson, Ph.D.
I conduct CEO 360 reviews on a regular basis for both developmental purposes and to get a read on, "is this CEO cut out to lead this company into the future?" It takes guts to go through one of these and, frequently, the results are not what the CEO wants to hear, but are what they need to hear. CEOs with healthy egos can use this type of assessment to help them accelerate their growth, if they are willing to use the data to fine tune how they go about leading. I concur with the idea that it would be great if the board would also subject itself to a review of this type. I can't tell you how many times I've heard CEOs lament about the challenges they have trying to get their board members to work more effectively together, but the board members never ask, "What can I do differently to help the CEO or the board work more effectively?"
December 2010
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