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How Firms Can Create a Mighty Leadership Team

Please note:  Extended lunch presentation from: 11:00 a.m. – approx. 3:00 p.m.

Topic:How Firms Can Create a Mighty Leadership Team

At the core of the most successful companies is a stellar leadership team. With such a “mighty team” in place, firms can deliver profitable growth, year after year, in good times and bad. However, when even one member of the team is dysfunctional, companies can’t hope to have a dream team. They don’t have the luxury of a large leadership team to support weak links in the executive chain.  This presentation drawn from four of the chapters of the Robert Sher’s book, Mighty Midsized Companies: How Leaders Overcome 7 Silent Growth Killers.

CEOs of companies who tolerate dysfunctional leaders weaken their business’s ability to avoid and fight off seven silent killers of growth.

This talk reveals the underlying issues that causes company leaders to accept a mediocre leadership team and how to counteract them.  A collection of great leaders does not make a team.  Robert Sher will explain why the way those leaders communicate, meet and plan determine the issues they discuss and how well they resolve them.  Robert also explores role definitions, visibility of results and approaches to creating accountability.

What you will learn:

  • Why dysfunctional leaders are tolerated, and how to counteract it
  • How a leadership team can set the ideal communication cadence
  • How to institute crucial planning and project management disciplines that keep the team in sync
  • How to hold leaders accountable in a positive yet firm approach
  • How to ensure that acquisitions and operations are well-led

About the Presenter:


Robert Sher is founding principal of CEO to CEO, a consulting firm of former chief executives that improves the leadership infrastructure of midsized companies seeking to accelerate their performance. He was chief executive of Bentley Publishing Group from 1984 to 2006 and steered the firm to become a leading player in its industry (decorative art publishing).

Robert speaks frequently, and has published extensively on the successful leadership traits and skills of CEOs of midsized companies. He is a regular columnist on Forbes.com, has numerous posts on Harvard Business Review online, Entrepreneur.com and CFO.com.  He authored two books, the first book, The Feel of the Deal; How I Built a Company through Acquisitions (1toPonder, 2007) and his newest book, Mighty Midsized Companies; How Leaders Overcome 7 Silent Growth Killers, (Boston: Bibliomotion, Sep. 2014). He also publishes his own newsletter, The CEO Insomnia Factor.

Robert received a B.S. degree in business administration from Hayward State University in 1986, and an MBA degree from St. Mary’s College in 1988, where he was the recipient of the Jack Saloma Award for student citizenship. From 1995 to 2000, Robert taught MBA and executive MBA courses at St. Mary’s on growing entrepreneurial businesses.

Robert and his wife Renee have two children, Ben and Jessie, and live in Northern California. They love sailing and travel.

Cost: $25.00 Per Person, includes box lunch.   RSVP to: LEdwards@aiare.org | (707) 981-4188

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