Industry-Focus to Outpace the Competition: Each Round Table is comprised of companies that are industry-focused onhealthcare. The Members of each regional group represent a broad spectrum of the healthcare industry, but none of them are direct competitors. Our CEO Members develop new approaches to pitfalls unique to healthcare companies, while engaging in confidential executive peer coaching. ABL’s Members are committed to seeing their fellow Members succeed, grow and outpace their competition.
Industry Leadership Expertise: Our Members all have one thing in common: in order to emerge successfully, they need to navigate and adapt to the ever-changing climate around them. The industry expertise of fellow Members helps to examine and reshape core capabilities, seek out markets, and acknowledge the need to periodically refocus their businesses. Members are able to stay ahead of the latest trends impacting the healthcare industry and their organizations. They truly define Adaptive Business Leaders, weathering storms and driving their businesses forward.
Peer-to-Peer Mentoring: It is this aspect of ABL that is a necessity for every healthcare business leader. These CEO groups enable you to focus on your business rather than in it and leverage the collective wisdom and experience of your fellow Members. With Membership comes entry into a domain where identifying the solutions to the problems of tomorrow is the focus of today.
Honest Advice & Feedback: Members can vet – safely and confidentially – new lines of business and product offerings with savvy peers, who are firmly committed to helping their fellow Members (and themselves) grow successful healthcare organizations. Discuss “What’s Keeping You Up Nights?,” during which the Members share their opportunities and challenges and get valuable feedback from the group on how they’ve best dealt with similar situations.
Networking: Beyond their monthly CEO group, Members are able to network with fellow Members in the other Round Tables. These connections often lead to new partners, clients and ventures.
Members are able to stay abreast of industry trends that affect their business and keep ahead of the curve in their rapidly changing industry. Connections made within the groups – and throughout the ABL Organization – further accelerate business growth. Members experience full value and a solid return on their investment of time and fees when attending the monthly sessions on a regular basis.
Among the most frequently asked questions we hear at the Adaptive Business Leaders Organization (ABL) is, “How is an ABL CEO Round Table forum different from a Vistage group?” (Variations on this theme include “How are you different from YPO, The Alliance of CEOs,” and seemingly dozens of other “networking” groups.)
The answer is FOCUS. Frankly, not all “contacts” that one makes while “networking” are equal, nor is the quality of their business advice. The better another person understands your industry and its unique competitive, operational, and regulatory ecosystem, the more specific and valuable their executive insights, guidance, and referrals can be.
For over 30 years, I’ve witnessed time and again a Tech CEO pose to his or her fellow Technology Round Table mates a question that only someone at the CEO-level in a tech firm, who’s dealt with similar challenges, could respond to adequately. These include questions like: how to deal with prima donna developers, what are the nuances associated with rewriting programs in a new computer language or on a new platform, what’s the best way to transition from “waterfall” to “agile” development, or how to determine the tax implications of various ways of granting equity?
And, the same thing is true for our Healthcare Members, where in their Healthcare-Industry-Only Round Tables, they can candidly and confidentially discuss how, in each of their sectors, they can survive and thrive under a barrage of changes in legislation, regulations, reimbursement, and patient expectations, while integrating the new Health IT solutions necessary to meet the radically changing requirements and mandates of the marketplace and payer community.
Fortunately for our current Members, our Founding Chairman, Walter Bauer CEO of Informatics General, had been a member of TEC (The Executive Committee, now Vistage). And, while he appreciated the value of hearing about the “general business” issues faced by CEOs in other industries, he noticed that his fellow members’ eyes glazed over when he spoke about many of the challenges he faced running his software technology company. So, in 1983, Walt proposed three requirements to our founding professional facilitators: 1) each Round Table would be composed of only technology CEO Members – or individuals running corporate tech divisions; 2) the sessions would only last half a day (many groups require full-day meetings); and 3) cut the price in half (ABL Membership has typically been less than half the investment of other CEO groups). Six years later, in 1989, we applied the same criteria in the formation of our first Healthcare Round Table – and have for all of our industry-focused Round Tables ever since.
ABL’s current Technology Chair, Dave Berkus, who’s been an active ABL Member since 1988, posted that he finds the greatest value in ABL, in “the constant hearing of stories by these CEOs of how they were able to adapt to changes in their environment and alter the course of their leadership, adapting to external influences that had changed in their industry or the economy.”
Unquestionably, these stories are all the more meaningful because they’re from fellow Technology CEOs, who reside in a similar tech-focused environment. And, the same is true for our Healthcare Members as well.
"ABL offers a wonderful opportunity to engage with a broad range of industry professionals that otherwise we wouldn’t encounter."
"Every meeting fills in another blind spot in my knowledge about the healthcare industry. There is no forum that brings together the broad spectrum of perspectives on health policy so well."
“ABL offers great insights from a diverse group of bright successful executives.”
"I always come away from ABL meetings with new ways of thinking about things relevant to me."
"ABL has been a wonderful fulfilling intellectual and pragmatic exercise in expanding my knowledge and perspective in health care."
"ABL Presentations and included discussions are awesome!"
“I am not alone! The connections made across Round Tables are invaluable. I learn something new that's relevant to my field at every meeting. It's my think tank family.”
"ABL provides mind stimulation & professional, high-level intellectual discussions."
"ABL meetings cause me to both learn and think about issues that are not necessarily in my lane."
"ABL is terrific & informative!"
" ABL's CEO Groups provide regular and valuable insight into the many different sectors that compromise the healthcare delivery system."
"I am learning new ways to lead from my fellow ABL Members."
"ABL always provides thought provoking discussions among varying professionals."
"I look forward to the high level conversations, and learning new concepts. Very enlightening big picture presentations….providing outside concepts from my day-to-day."
"ABL has been a wonderful association of truly bright, exceptional and caring professionals who do make a positive societal difference."
"The networking with leaders and socializing with brilliant people is just a fraction of the benefit I get out of it."
"The primary benefit is the education, timely information, and varied perspectives that are shared by high-level healthcare industry leaders. "
"I rarely miss ABL; this is where I get my Brain Food. It helps to keep my day-to-day decisions in a larger perspective."
"ABL can really be life changing, thank you for making it possible. I can’t believe how much I learn from all of you. Mimi should hand out diplomas!"
"Great discussions and networking. Thought-provoking dialogue - challenging insights."
"One of the most valuable aspects of ABL is the broad perspective of what’s happening in the industry."
"The draw for me is the ability to connect with people who are grappling with the challenges that we face in healthcare and an opportunity to bring your problems to a knowledgeable group of people and get good advice and counsel."
"ABL gives me an opportunity to get input from a cross section of healthcare leaders. Knowledge and ideas are shared across the spectrum."
"ABL is an environment that always provides great (and current) information and makes me think. A welcoming group of very smart, committed and terrific people."
"ABL provides an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and expertise on the most current issues in the healthcare industry."
"Setting aside time from my daily responsibilities at the office that allows me to learn and think about trends in the industry and how they may influence or impact my organization."
"Both speakers and Members provide valuable insights and trigger deep and broad discussions and follow-up explorations."
"ABL provides exposure to relationships with a “brain trust” of knowledgeable, thoughtful & innovative leaders in the healthcare world. Both speakers and Members provide valuable insights and trigger deep and broad discussions and follow-up explorations."
"I find the networking and attentive perspectives from people with different stakes in the system to be very valuable."
"ABL Round Tables help me to stay informed in this era of remarkably rapid change in healthcare service and payment."
"ABL has made me a more thoughtful and effective leader in my business. ABL's brought my attention to important ideas that are circulating in other sectors of healthcare that we can put to work."
"What I really like about ABL is the chance to bounce ideas off of other people and see their reactions to the various issues that I am facing in my healthcare business."
"ABL is like being in an Executive MBA class at Wharton, except it’s a little bit better, because it’s really just all the professors talking about the problem."
"I got my MBA at university and my PhD at ABL. Some of my closest friends are people I’ve met at ABL. It has opened the door to parts of the Healthcare world that would have been closed to me!"
"I’ve been a Member of ABL for over a decade. It’s a terrific organization for healthcare leaders who want to accelerate the process of creating valuable organizations."
"I value the chance to step outside of my networking environment to gain new ideas and perspectives from leaders in the health field."
"ABL is a wealth of information, knowledge, and camaraderie. You really get to trust the other Members, and you become more than business associates that meet once a month – you become friends."
"I love these meetings. Being able to see and hear what is on others minds is invaluable."