In my previous post, I focused on the value of tribal ways when discussing the past in terms of how you and your company got where you are. Today, more than ever, we also need tribes to help handle the present, and more importantly, focus on the future. But you have to develop new tribes, made up of members from the outside.
Fortune Magazine recently posted an article by Verne Harnish, founder of a great tribe – The Entrepreneurs’ Organization. In the article, he talks about The 5 strategic trends to ride in 2017.
I’ll continue his “riding” theme in what I hope is not too shameless a plug as two of the trends especially resonated with me. They embody what I believe and build into each and every CEO Ride, and here’s why:
Join a Learning Circle: Peer-to-peer learning has been part of my business life for over two decades, and as noted in the article, is still the best way for us to learn. One of my mentors once put it this way: “The best experience is someone else’s.”
Sitting around a campfire or on the back porch of a cabin in the woods after a great afternoon of riding mountain twisties makes for a deeper and more relaxed exchange of tips, information and ideas. Having the time to hear the back story about the challenges that fostered their solution affords us greater trust when incorporating the same solutions into our business.
Plus, these in-depth, give-and-take sessions create friendships for life and give us a pack of thought partners to call on when tweaks are needed to our plan.
Mix with the Best: When searching for the right tribe, there are a few things to look for in terms of membership. We incorporate these in every CEO Ride, but these traits should be universal to any group you connect with.
- Sharing vs. Taking – There’s no more giving group of people than bikers as we’ll ride for any cause in any weather simply because it makes us feel good and is the right thing to do. Entrepreneurs are the same when it comes to giving of their experience and support, so magic happens when combining those two mindsets.
- Relate – The late, great Peter Drucker once wrote “size does not equal significance,” meaning your true peers come in all shapes and sizes. When first gathering, we’re not sure who we’ll meet, but we know our real peers in a split second as they aren’t there to judge one another or boast of revenue. Instead, peers are more interested in sharing what matters most – life experience, the challenges that have shaped their businesses and how each was handled.
- Diversity – The best come from all over the globe – from Boston to North Carolina, New York to Toronto, Chicago to Grand Cayman and everywhere in-between. That’s the beauty of building a global network. The markets are somewhat different, but the challenges are similar and more often than not, the solutions universal.
- Bonding – There’s a sense of belonging to a true team that helps with the ever present loneliness at the top. Members will take a call anytime or jump onto a plane at their own expense to help a fellow rider work through an issue with only one agenda – to be of service.
In the end, whether you ride or not, finding your tribe is important. And if you do ride, come along on a CEO Ride … it’ll change your life.
As always – These are my thoughts, I could be wrong. So, if you disagree or simply want to add to it, please do so. I look forward to the conversation.
Dwain – CEO Rider