Staff Discussion with Mike Scricca

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Staff session, August 3, 2011

Staff session, August 3, 2011

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