Sun, Jun 30, 2013 — Lonely Job Being a business owner, business builder or CEO can be a lonely job. We often find ourselves surrounded by people. People we care about. People we spend a considerable effort getting to know and people who we actively work to communicate with. And yet, when tough decisions need to be made, when uncertainty looms or when ideas need to be debated, we can’t always turn to our subordinates. Experience of The Many Last week I attended an event put on by Vistage in Dallas. It was their annual Dallas-Fort Worth area All-City meeting that brings together all of the CEOs and executives who are in their peer groups. Talking to business owners and CEOs, some of whom have been in these groups for over 10 years, reminded me of the power of getting many minds together to discuss, debate and process issues, with us few, often for the benefit of one, a CEO. When I asked these very busy and driven CEOs why they spent a full day a month meeting in these groups of 12-18 CEOs, they said they found it the most effective day of the month. These tight peer groups allow a CEO to get feedback, discussion, debate, knowledge and experience of The Many.