They vary from members who represent organisations that have $2m revenues per annum (the minimum entry point for The CEO Syndicate program) to members whose organisations have annual revenues of several billions.
Chairmen are carefully selected for their capacity to provide wisdom, leadership and inspiration. They are typically successful business people who have an ongoing range of non-executive business interests. By their nature they are excellent facilitators who are able to lead meeting discussions to ensure outcomes are optimised for members.
The agenda is set by the members in conjunction with the Chairman. Whilst items can and are placed on the agenda circulated prior to meetings, there is plenty of room for discussion of issues brought to meetings by members on the day.
The CEO Institute does not set a formal curriculum but provides expert resource speakers to address issues or subjects identified as priorities by members. Speakers are carefully selected both for their specialist expertise and for their capacity to add value to the Syndicate program.
No, you must make a commitment to attend a minimum of six meetings. The integrity of the program is such that all members make that commitment. In addition, in our view, you cannot fully understand the benefits of membership unless you have been a member for at least six months.
Clearly the more you put into the meetings the more you get out of them. However you are only expected to disclose what you are comfortable with. Over time as trust and rapport grows it is likely you will feel comfortable disclosing more about your business and yourself than you did initially.
If you cannot attend a meeting you should let the Chairman know as far in advance as possible. The Institute also has an 'alternates' provision whereby you can nominate an alternate to attend in your place when you are absent. This is usually a senior executive from your organisation. It is entirely up to you whether or not you nominate an alternate.
Syndicates stay together for years. There are many Syndicates where a majority of the members have been involved in excess of ten years.
It is recommended that you stay in a Syndicate for at least two years unless, which happens very rarely, there is a clear reason for you to move Syndicates. If you are considering moving Syndicates you are advised to discuss the options with your Chairman or, if this is not appropriate, a Membership Director from the Institute.