Staff Discussion with Mike Scricca

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Staff Discussion with Mike Scricca

  1. 1. <ul><li>Who has Peer to Peer Tracks in TECNA Family? </li></ul><ul><li>Communitech </li></ul><ul><li>Pittsburgh Technology Council </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Association of Georgia (Societies) </li></ul><ul><li>Colorado Technology Association </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council </li></ul><ul><li>Connecticut Technology Council </li></ul><ul><li>Others? </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Great “Value-Add” for the Members </li></ul><ul><li>You are the “Great Facilitator” </li></ul><ul><li>Like-type professionals want to be organized and interact regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Another means of professional development for the participants </li></ul><ul><li>Good Source of intelligence for us </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>We had HR Managers and CFO’s Peer to Peer 10 years ago that fizzled as participation declined. It was sponsor driven and funded. </li></ul><ul><li>Model was simple: Planning Committee from among participants, meet quarterly, sponsors attend, but “quiet” participants </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>We decided to jump into Peer to Peer again in 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>TECNA was the primary inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>Our annual CEO-only dinner was also a factor </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Tech Company CEOs > $3 Million </li></ul><ul><li>Meet in nice digs </li></ul><ul><li>Middle of the state </li></ul><ul><li>All verticals invited </li></ul><ul><li>2.5 hours in the morning once a month </li></ul><ul><li>15 participants-settle on a maximum </li></ul><ul><li>Professional facilitator- hire one or you </li></ul><ul><li>Modest fee-$1,000, but thin through pricing (lots of Competitors in CT) </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Process is Important CTC Hybrid </li></ul><ul><li>Take the pulse first thing- Three minute drill </li></ul><ul><li>Then we “Process Issues” </li></ul><ul><li>Collective wisdom, experience, knowledge applied to the business issues </li></ul><ul><li>Debrief-10 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>SME’s Subject matter experts occasionally </li></ul><ul><li>CEOs or I select the SME topics/speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Confidentiality is important- No sponsor </li></ul><ul><li>Peerspectives®- Edward Lowe Foundation Roundtable, a good model </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Constant nurturing required </li></ul><ul><li>You are always recruiting new participants </li></ul><ul><li>Be sensitive to inviting competitors </li></ul><ul><li>Run a tight meeting (Use a Big Clock!!) </li></ul><ul><li>You can do it yourself-get trained </li></ul><ul><li>You are not going to have the answers in most cases </li></ul><ul><li>You learn a lot about your members </li></ul><ul><li>Vertical Disparity Issue </li></ul>

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