Visiting us for our September event is our esteemed guest, Robert Sher, CEO, Coach, and Author of Mighty Midsized Companies: How Leaders Overcome 7 Silent Growth Killers. He will present key concepts from his new book, then lead a Q&A session for this CEO Club of Marin special event on September 8th.
Robert is a national columnist at Forbes.com and CFO.com, and recently had seven articles (one per growth killer) published in Harvard Business Review online. Prior to consulting, he was the chief executive of Bentley Publishing Group from 1984 to 2006 and steered the firm to become a leading player in its industry (decorative art publishing).
Mighty Midsized Companies has been endorsed by management and leadership greats Ken Blanchard, Warren Bennis, Stephen M.R. Covey and others. It is full of examples of how companies like yours have grappled with these growth killers…some won. At CEO Club of Marin, we want to help companies succeed, so when we see top-flight thought leadership that will help companies grow, we share it. Read more about the book and watch the short trailer here to get a feel for our author, Robert Sher.
To get the most out of the event, read this short article to kick start your thinking ahead of time. It will give you the opportunity to ponder the subjects that will be presented that day, and reflection time about how you can make your midsized firm mightier. We’ve retained this thought leader for this one session and it will be your chance to ask the questions that will help you and your company the most.
We will be using this workbook to follow along with Robert’s presentation and gather notes that we can share with our colleagues and reports. If you’d like to take a step further and explore some of Robert’s assessment tools, take a look at his Mighty Tools online at no cost.
To register, visit our calendar page.
Mighty Midsized Companies: How Leaders Overcome 7 Silent Growth Killers
Robert Sher | CEO to CEO
Robert Sher is founding principal of CEO to CEO, a consulting firm of former chief executives that improves the leadership infrastructure of midsized companies seeking to accelerate their performance. He was chief executive of Bentley Publishing Group from 1984 to 2006 and steered the firm to become a leading player in its industry (decorative art publishing).
From 1984 to 2006, Robert was CEO and co-founder of Bentley, a privately held firm based in Walnut Creek, Calif. Early in the business, he and his partners identified a gap in the fast-growing market for framed artwork: high-quality yet affordable prints perfect for the decorative market. Sher and his partners bootstrapped the business, but key successes breathed new life and cash flow into the business. He led the acquisitions of four competitors between 1999 and 2004 and left Bentley two years later. The firm merged with Global Arts in 2011 to form Bentley Global Art Group.
He is involved in two Northern California associations as a Director of the Alliance of Chief Executives since 2007 and President and Board member of the Association for Corporate Growth San Francisco.
Robert speaks frequently, and has published extensively on the successful leadership traits and skills of CEOs of midsized companies. He is a regular columnist on Forbes.com, has numerous posts on Harvard Business Review online, Entrepreneur.com and CFO.com. He authored two books, the first book, The Feel of the Deal; How I Built a Company through Acquisitions (1toPonder, 2007) and his newest book, Mighty Midsized Companies; How Leaders Overcome 7 Silent Growth Killers, (Boston: Bibliomotion, Sep. 2014). He also publishes his own newsletter, The CEO Insomnia Factor.
Robert received a B.S. degree in business administration from Hayward State University in 1986 (during which he ran a small business), and an MBA degree from St. Mary’s College in 1988, where he was the recipient of the Jack Saloma Award for student citizenship. From 1995 to 2000, he taught MBA and executive MBA courses at St. Mary’s on growing entrepreneurial businesses
Robert and his wife Renee have two children, Ben and Jessie, and live in Northern California. They love sailing and travel.