CEO Mastermind

This Mastermind is designed to give members the answers to create the biggest impact for themselves, and their organisation, during their time as CEO.

This CEO Mastermind creates an environment of trust where challenges can be shared and solved in the ultimate CEO peer group, leveraging the lived experience, wisdom and advice of individuals who are and have successfully navigated through CEO roles.

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The ultimate CEO peer group

The CEO is tasked with resolving a myriad of challenges on a daily basis; regardless of the support network around them, they are the ultimate decision maker. They are the ones tasked with representing their organisation’s values and performance to their employees, board, regulators, shareholders and the broader community. The role of a CEO can be quite lonely and isolating. In an ever-changing world, the rewards that come with the role of CEO are being offset by the ever-growing scrutiny that each must deal with.

About the CEO Mastermind

The CEO Mastermind is about addressing key concerns for today’s CEO in a facilitated environment. The chair of each a group will be a recently retired CEO of international standing and reputation, someone that has successfully navigated the CEO path. Coupled with the chairman, each meeting will be complimented with Guest speakers who will share their lived experiences on the topic for discussion.

These professionally facilitated Mastermind groups will ensure that business leaders can count on each other to provide fresh insights and perspectives enabling accelerated leadership growth and greater business success.  When placing 12 high performing executives and business owners in a room the possibilities are endless.

From a member's perspective: "The Melbourne CEO Mastermind group members are the only people who I can talk to, who I trust, vent to and ask for solutions to problems without a vested interest and truly understand the pressures and challenges involved in the role offering relatable and best practices from lived experiences"

CEO Mastermind themes

The topics are set for the first year of operation. It is intended that the second year agenda, topics and guest speakers will be heavily influenced by the CEO peer group. The first session topics are designed to be high level enough to allow the focus to shift via facilitation to where our members most need it.

Trust & Disruption

Understand the loneliness yet crowded journey associated with being a successful CEO. Discover who you can trust whilst creating the ultimate peer and support network.

  • Build a trusted professional peer network where you can speak openly.
  • Discover the process to get to the truth of any issue brought to your attention where a potential lack of trust exists or your information sources are filtered.
  • Discover how to be comfortable with your own voice and values despite internal and external influences – trusting yourself to navigate the path ahead.
  • How to not feel internally alone in a role that is quite crowded with people

External Forces

How to effectively deal with your Board, External Pressures, Regulators and the changing community standards.

  • How to prioritise the push and pull from those around you, to ensure you’re only focusing your time and efforts on the direction of the organisation at large. How to carve out the time to work on the business rather than being consumed by it.
  • The tight rope walked by the CEO in managing relationships with political parties, regulatory bodies and the media

Strategy & Trust

How you stay true to your strategy in the face of short-term adversity and challenges.

  • When to stay true to the strategy, or when to act. Short term pressure to get results vs long term timeline for a strategy and outcome to eventuate to get the result. When something isn’t working – when do you kill it? Vs stay with the course?
  • Understanding the crux of the business and its challenges / true picture / what’s going on within the business without the layers of BS
  • How to get a strategy implement seamlessly with and with partial board alignment.

Legacy

This Mastermind will give you the answers to create the biggest impact for yourself, and your organisation, during your time as CEO.

  • How to increase your impact and CEO tenure.
  • How to identify your potential successors, mix of internal vs external and have the Board accept them.
  • Identify your CEO role in the community and the social contract? Identify your approach to and when you have a voice on topical community subjects.

CEO Mastermind Speakers

Mike Smith

Mike Smith - Chairman

EX CEO ANZ Bank

Michael Smith was the CEO of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ) from 2007 to 2015 and following his retirement he remained an Adviser to the Board until July 2017.

Prior to this Michael held several other high-ranking business positions. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Chairman of Hang Seng Bank Limited, Global Head of Commercial Banking for the HSBC Group, and Chairman of HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad.

David Thodey

Chairman CSIRO, Company Director & Former CEO of Telstra & IBM ANZ

David Thodey is Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation and a Director of Ramsay Health Care, Tyro Payments, Vodafone Group UK and XERO.

Previously David was CEO and Executive Director of Telstra, appointed in May 2009. He formally retired from the CEO position on 30 April 2015. Telstra is Australia’s leading Telco with an international presence spanning Asia, Europe and North America. Before joining Telstra, David was CEO, Australia and New Zealand at IBM. During his 22 years at IBM, David held several senior executive positions across Asia Pacific.

Paula Dwyer

Paula Dwyer

Chairman Tabcorp, Director ANZ Bank, Lion & Alliance

Paula Dwyer is the Chairman and Non Executive Director of Tabcorp since June 2011. Paula is also Director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Lion Pty Ltd and Allianz Australia Limited. As well as a Member of the Kirin Holdings International Advisory Board and a Member of the Takeovers Panel.

Ms Dwyer was the former Chairman of Healthscope Limited and a Director of Leighton Holdings Limited, Suncorp Group Limited and Foster’s Group Limited. She is a former member of the ASIC External Advisory Panel and the Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority and of the Victorian Gaming Commission.

Malcolm Jackman

Malcolm Jackman

Chairman Force Fire, EX CEO SA Fire & Emergency, Defence SA, Elders, Coates Hire, Manpower

Malcolm Jackman joined publicly listed Coates Hire in 2003 as CEO. In September 2008 he was appointed as the CEO of Futuris Corporation which changed its name to Elders Limited in April 2009.

In late August 2014 Malcolm returned to Adelaide to become Chief Executive of Defence SA. Defence SA is South Australia’s lead government agency for all defence matters and the nation’s only stand-alone state defence organisation. In July 2015 he moved within the SA Government to become CE of SAFECOM.

Gail Kelly

Gail Kelly

EX CEO Westpac Bank and St George Bank

Gail’s banking career spans 35 years, split equally between South Africa and Australia. While in South Africa, Gail held a number of senior executive positions in the Nedbank Group.

Gail served as the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of two banks in Australia – St.George Bank from 2002 to 2007 and Westpac from 2008 to 2015. In 2008, these two banks came together under Gail’s leadership in what was the largest in-market merger in Australian financial services. At the time of her retirement in February 2015, The Westpac Group was the country’s 2nd largest bank and the 12th largest bank in the world, in terms of market capitalisation.

Richard Goyder

Chairman QANTAS Airways, AFL & Woodside Petroleum

Richard Goyder AO is the chairman of Woodside Petroleum Ltd, Qantas Airways Ltd, and the AFL Commission. He also chairs JDRF Australia, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and the Channel 7 Telethon Trust. Formerly he was Chairman of the Australian B20 (the key business advisory body to the international economic forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies).

Richard was the Managing Director and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited from July 2005 to November 2017.

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In 2007, Richard transformed Wesfarmers with the successful acquisition of the Coles Group of companies. At more than $19 billion, this purchase was, and remains, the biggest transaction in Australian corporate history. Wesfarmers became a top 10 Australian company, with more than 500,000 shareholders and with a workforce of more than 220,000 people, it became the country’s largest private sector employer.

He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2013 for distinguished service to business through executive roles and through the promotion of corporate sponsorship of the arts and Indigenous programs, and to the community.

CEO Mastermind Members

Sheena Jack

Sheena Jack

CEO HCF

Health Fund Industry

Roberto Scenna

Roberto Scenna

CEO CCInsurance

Insurance Industry

Mike Foster

Mike Foster

CEO Fujitsu

IT Services Industry

Vin O'Halloran

Vin O'Halloran

CEO Visy

Paper Packaging Industry

Joe Barr

Joe Barr

CEO John Holland

Construction Industry

Greg Keith

Greg Keith

CEO Grant Thornton

Accounting Services Industry

Jimmy Wilson

Jimmy Wilson

CEO CBH Group

Grain Industry

Claire Rogers

Claire Rogers

CEO World Vision

Charity Industry

Keith O'Sullivan

Kevin O'Sullivan

CEO UniSuper

Superannuation Industry

Stephen Rue

Stephen Rue

CEO NBN Co

Telco Industry

Sally Capp

Sally Capp

Lord Mayor Melbourne

Government Sector

Dean Carroll

Dean Carroll

CEO Brown Family Wine

Wine Industry

Eid

Simon Eid

VP Splunk

Software Industry

Jacob Varghese

Jacob Varghese

CEO Maurice Blackburn

Legal Industry

Pat McCafferty

Pat McCafferty

CEO Yarra Valley Water

Utilities Industry

Robert Iervasi

Robert Iervasi

CEO Asahi

Beverage Industry

Karen Hayes

Karen Hayes

CEO Guide Dogs

NFP Industry

Margaret Zita

Margaret Zita

CEO My Room

Charity Industry

Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman

CEO AFIC

Investment Industry

Melinda Crole

Melinda Crole

CEO YMCA

Recreation Industry

Christine Kilpatrick

Christine Kilpatrick

CEO Melbourne Health

Hospital & Health Industry

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

CEO Citywide

Environmental Industry

Clark Kirby

Clark Kirby

CEO Village

Leisure Industry

Audrey Zibelman

Audrey Zibelman

CEO AMEO

Energy Industry

Structured membership

  • Annual Membership
  • Group Chairperson
  • Expert Facilitator
  • Guest Speakers
  • CEO Peer Group

Current CEO groups

  • Melbourne (subscribed)
  • Melbourne (2nd group active)
  • Sydney (active)
  • Brisbane (active)

Membership enquiry

Mastermind groups are limited to a maximum number of participants and are invite only or following a successful application. Applicants are vetted by The Mentor list team, Chairman, Facilitator and finally by the existing members in the group.

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