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Cardiff Alpha Group
Wed 19 October 2016, 07:30 – 12:30 BST
What to expect at a Alpha Group meeting ?
The business leaders sat around the table were very professional, successful and from very diverse businesses. I would mention them, but a key pre-requisite of Alpha is discretion, so I won’t. The point is, however, that a scenario was unfolding before me, which provided CEO’s and MD’s with access to other CEO’s and MD’s capable of providing mutual support and strategic advice on helping them solve challenges, seek opinion and find new angles for growth and opportunity. This in itself is not unique, but the mutual trust, the communication and the way that the members were encouraged to interact and create outcomes, was.
The focus of Alpha is always on Growth. How can you grow your business? Cindy guided us through a workshop focussing on our own businesses. We shared our thoughts with the group along the way, but not digressing as often happens when people get creative. The exchanges were fascinating as one business looked at its own opportunities in a very different way to the next. The group was entirely open and transparent. There was a huge degree of trust in the room. It felt as if everyone was working for the common good, a common good that would, of course, benefit each member too. Time is money, after all and successful people don’t like wasting it.
Cindy kept the group focused and on making sure we would follow up on the outcomes we had identified. It’s like an obligation to the group to make sure you put in place the ideas and plans that have been highlighted as ways forward for your business. I noticed this at the very outset, when one of the members, was asked if he had implemented the plan that was agreed from the last meeting. Not only was there an implementation plan, but time scales to go with it. I felt there was a commitment to the group and huge mutual respect for their individual achievements and contributions. A camaraderie.
It did make me think that the meeting must have a significantly high value to the members, especially, busy very driven people.