Personal and Professional Growth

A few years ago I started looking to expand my personal growth plan. In addition to the books, magazines, blogs, and conferences I was reading and attending, I put together a networking plan. A typical addition to the growth plans of most aspiring leaders.

For starters, I wanted to not only access other peer professionals, but I had also hoped to reach out to C-Level executives and learn from them as well. You can’t just email people out of the blue and expect stellar results. You need a calling card of sorts and so this blog was birthed.

This blog has served me well allowing me some great opportunities. In addition to writing a few book reviews and making contact with Michael Watkins (author of The First 90 Days), I’ve been able to meet with 3 local CIOs, 1 CMO as well as 3 CEOs. I’m hoping to make contact with many C-Level executives throughout the rest of 2010, but now it’s time for another growth challenge.

Recently, I met with Steve Hayes of Human Capital Group who referred me to the C12 Group (a leadership training system). The C12 Group puts you into a group of 12 CEO/President/Significant Business Leaders. You commit to meeting and helping each other by being available. Wise counsel. I’ll be looking into this a bit more in the coming weeks. Initial reviews look promising.

I will also be looking into other leadership groups as well. Suggestions welcome.

C12 Business Group

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Tony graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1993. He spent six years at a small business manufacturing company doing engineering and network admin work. He made the jump to a full time Internet junkie in March 2001 when he joined Dave Ramsey, noted author, radio talk show host and entrepreneur. Currently, he's serving as VP of Internet Business and Technology for, and other online initiatives for Dave Ramsey's organization.

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