The afternoon started with a group lunch and an engaging conversation facilitated by the CEO Intronet host, John Page. The discussion challenged each of the CEO’s to answer the question, “How do you serve as the moral compass for your business?”
Some of the answers:
- Write down a set of guiding principles or core values and reward those who live by them.
- Be a good example by living the ethical/moral life you require of your team.
- Use questions like “Would I do this if my client were watching?” and “Would I be proud to tell my grandmother about what I’m about to do?” to make sure you are on the right path.
- Empower employees to keep you accountable. Feedback should freely flow from employees to the CEO, as well as from the CEO to employees.
- Celebrate failures as a step on the way to success, so employees are less inclined to hide them until they become unmanageable.
All participating CEO’s were in agreement that an organization is a reflection of the CEO, and culture needs to be intentionally managed. After lunch, Alex had his individual interview followed by a roundtable discussion with Dan Gartlan, President of Stevens & Tate and host, John Page.