Buller, John

April 13th CEOtoCEO Breakfast

Can You Survive the Age of Disruption?

John Buller

University of Washington

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

7:30am - 9:30am

The Bellevue Club

Breakfast Details

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CEOtoCEO Breakfast Series

The CEOtoCEO Breakfast Series is an established forum exclusively for CEOs, Presidents, and Business Owners who are interested in collaborating with other leaders sharing their experiences and insights.

The breakfast is held six times a year at the Bellevue Club from 7:30 to 9:30 am.  Breakfast dates for 2014 are January 30, March 27, May 29, July 17, September 25 and November 20.


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CEO Showcase

We want to share with you what one of the Leaders in our area is doing and how they are making a difference in our community.

Allow us to introduce you to Kurt Dammeier, CEO of Sugar Mountain and Beecher’s who has created the Beecher’s Flagship Foundation, providing educational programs on healthy eating to Puget Sound schools.
Read more about Kurt on our blog post, Customers talk to others about the brands they trust.

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Customer Centric Innovation Teams

These groups of about 12 CEOs and Business Owners that come together each month for 4 hours to learn how to create a more Customer Centric organization. We focus on the latest Innovative thinking with specific takeaways to help their organizations become more differentiated and lead their industry. These groups are ALL ABOUT THE CUSTOMER - learning and sharing ideas with their fellow leaders. If you want to be the clear leader in your industry and become a more Customer Centric organization...you will love this group.

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CEO Discussions

We have a "private" CEOtoCEO Discussion Group on LinkedIn. It is designed for members to post questions where they would like to get the insights and input from fellow CEOs and Business Owners. It is also a great place to provide answers to other leaders questions. Sometimes we just share some useful information to the group as well. And sometimes we even conduct a poll just to see how leaders are feeling about a certain topic. No matter what, you will find it interesting and helpful...

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Excerpts from our Blog...
CEOtoCEO Breakfast speaker Benson Porter CEO of BECU shared the “BECU special sauce” that has brought BECU into an era of unprecedented growth in member service, community giving, and technological development.  A key ingredient of BECU’s success is hiring for attitude over skill. According to a groundbreaking study by Leadership IQ, 46% of newly hired employees will fail within 18 months, while only 19% will achieve unequivocal success. But contrary to popular belief, technical skills are not the primary reason why new hires fail; instead, poor interpersonal skills dominate the list, flaws which many of their managers admit were overlooked [more]
The round table question at the February CEOtoCEO Breakfast was “What are the unique qualities of an excellent leader?”  Attending CEOs offered a variety of responses including a compelling vision, active listening, rational decisions and strong relationships were offered by participants. One of our speakers, Karen Lee, CEO of Pioneer Human Services who has previously excelled in leadership positions in government, utilities, education, law and the military offered Courage as the unique quality of an excellent leader. Thought you might be interested in an expert from a post by Bill Treasurer that speaks to why courage is a central quality [more]
Those are among the conclusions of a new CEO Reputation Survey by public relations firm Weber Shandwick, whose respondents included 1,700 senior executives across 19 countries. What are the elements of a solid reputation that can elevate a CEO or company owner and, thus, his company? The executives surveyed offered up this list of 8 characteristics that help determine the difference between a “highly regarded CEO” and a “poorly regarded” one. The executives surveyed attributed nearly half (45%) of their company’s reputation to the reputation of their CEO, and half of them predicted that CEO reputation will matter more to [more]
Key idea from the March 2016 CEOtoCEO Breakfast. Every CEO and business owner has big ideas that promise growth, but too often lead to products and services that don't deliver in the end. Why do so many ideas to add new growth to a business fail to deliver? From my experience working with many companies leaders that disable new growth opportunities ascribe to one of two strategies: Strategy du’ jour, a new strategy for new growth seemingly every day. This “seat of pants” approach creates activity but rarely results in accomplishment.  On the other end of the spectrum is Paralysis [more]
One of the unique features of the CEOtoCEO Breakfast is that it is a very interactive conversation between the CEO speaker and the CEO's participating at the breakfast.  At the July CEOtoCEO Breakfast Kevin Mather, President of the Seattle Mariners, provided an excellent overview of the business of baseball.  Kevin asked the CEOs for ideas on how baseball could attract and retain more young people to their game? As attracting and retaining youth is a relevant challenge to many CEOs Kevin's question sparked a lively brain storming session at the breakfast.  Working with those at their tables participating CEOs generated [more]
A Forgotten Art and Component of Effective Leadership…Listening
When people say the word “Leadership” there are lots of things that come to mind. Usually the comments center on someone who is strong, in control, good communicator, decision maker, and knowledgeable. While these are unquestionably important, there is one skill that truly differentiates the best leaders from average leaders…their ability to LISTEN. Listening in many ways is a lost art today. Everyone has lots to say and most aren’t afraid of telling us what they think. And add into the mix the Tsunami of Social Media adoption by leaders today and you have exponentially increased the volume [more]

CEO Blogs

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How do you find winners in a competitive marketplace?

At last week’s CEOtoCEO Breakfast speaker Bobby Herrera, President of the Populace Group, shared that one of the things that companies with great cultures do is select and hire the best people.  The following are some tips and tools I put together for you to help improve your employee selection process. Know what you are looking for….

Millennials…One Thing They Want More of in Their Culture

There is a lot of talk about what Millennials want and don’t want in the workplace. While there might be a lot of aspects people don’t agree on, one that Harvard Business Review found most do agree on is the need for FEEDBACK and COACHING in the workplace. In a recent article, “Millennials want to…