Can I be a member of EA, if I don't reside in Wisconsin?
No. At this time Executive Agenda (EA) only operates groups in the greater metro Wisconsin areas of Appleton, Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee. Vistage International (formerly known as TEC International) offers a similar program called the Key Executive Program (Key, for short) in many other states throughout the US. You can find out more on Vistage's web site (www.vistage.com).
Can CEOs or presidents be members of EA?
No. TEC/Vistage is designed specifically for CEOs and presidents of companies and better addresses their particular needs. You can find out more about TEC/Vistage by visiting their web site at www.vistage.com.
How does my company benefit from my membership in EA?
Your organization should expect improved business performance, time and cost savings resulting from opportunities discovered, problems solved, better decisions, new ideas, and resources recommended. Membership in EA also increases an organization's general management "bench strength."
What kind of issues do members present at the meetings?
Anything is fair game. However, some examples include: how to forecast sales in periods of rapid growth; methods for translating strategic plan to workers; things to consider when integrating an acquisition; how to keep good employees; dealing with unions; what to do to combat rising health care costs; how to deal with a problem supervisor.
Is it true that Executive Agenda member companies outperform non-member companies?
Research has not been conducted on Executive Agenda (EA) companies. However, about 30% of EA companies are also TEC/Vistage companies. Research has shown that TEC/Vistage companies outperform non-TEC/Vistage companies by 10-15%.
How much time will I need to invest?
The minimum requirements are four all-day group meetings (held quarterly) and four personal One-on-Ones (1½ to 2 hours in length) with your EA Chairman. However, EA is one of those experiences in which you get out of it what you put into it. For that reason most members also meet informally with some of their group members to stay connected between meetings.
What if my boss doesn't feel I can afford to take that much time away from the office?
Members who get the most value out of EA don't see the time spent as "additional time." Rather they use the meetings and their "personal board of advisors" to save them time by minimizing false starts, making better decisions, providing insightful feedback on project drafts, and recommending proven approaches and resources.
Is EA a "networking" group?
Executive Agenda is not a social or business development networking organization, but rather a structured, hard-working peer development program. However, for the purposes of learning and developing, members are encouraged to tap into EA's community of over 500 members representing 300+ companies.
How long do people stay in EA?
More than 40% have been members 5+ years, and 15% have been in a group for 10+ years.
Are there female professionals in EA?
Over 30% of all EA members are women, and the number of female professionals who participate continues to increase.
I'm reasonably young. Will I be able to make a contribution?
Age is less important than experience and knowledge. Diversity, an intrinsic desire to learn, and a commitment to others are the cornerstones of the EA experience. When those factors are present in a member, he or she will contribute positively.
What determines the group to which I'm assigned?
The decision is based on a number of factors including geography, diversity, chemistry, and conflicts of interest as competitors or major customers/vendors. The EA Chairman and a small committee of members can meet with you to determine your needs and suitability for a specific group.
How many members and organizations are represented in EA?
Currently EA has over 500 business leaders representing 300+ of Wisconsin's foremost companies.
If I join EA, what is expected of me?
Attendance at the four quarterly group meetings, active participation in the meetings, preparedness for One-on-Ones, a commitment to the group and adherence to strict confidentiality.
What are the characteristics of a first-rate EA member?
The best EA members demonstrate a number of important characteristics. These include: the ability to trust and be trusted, openness, a strong desire to learn and grow, an orientation to act, a commitment to confidentiality, and a sense of responsibility to the group and its members.
What if I join EA and it does not work out?
In the rare instance that you discover that EA is not for you, all you need to do is notify your EA Chairman. He or she will try to help you determine whether it is the particular group or the EA experience in general that is not working for you. EA's membership fees are billed quarterly in the spirit of "pay as you go." There is no long-term contract.
How do I become an EA member?
Call or e-mail Executive Agenda (262-821-3600 or toll free at 877-694-7698 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Where are the meetings held?
Meetings are hosted by the group members. When a member holds a meeting at his or her company, a facility tour or a presentation on one of the company's best practices is featured. New members are encouraged to host a meeting within their first year of membership so other members can become better acquainted with the new companies.
Do the meetings include outside speakers?
Speakers are occasionally included on group meeting agendas. However, the strength and value of EA resides in presenting and working member-specific issues. The EA program does include access to three speaker opportunities each year outside of your group meetings.
What if I have to miss a meeting?
Groups are serious about regular attendance. A single member's absence diminishes the learning potential for everyone. Infrequent absence is tolerated because "stuff happens," but the goal is perfect attendance.
Does EA participation qualify for CPE or CEU credits?
Yes, the four quarterly EA meetings and the three Executive Fuel seminar opportunities offered as part of your membership typically qualify for continuing professional education (CPE) credits. Our understanding is that any program conducted by a professional facilitator that enhances professional development qualifies for CPE or CEU credits.
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