Roundtables

Recognized nationwide as an expert on peer learning, we understand the value of interacting with and learning from colleagues who often face similar leadership and business problems. That’s why we developed and license the PeerSpectives Roundtable System, an innovative peer-to-peer learning tool using a proven format that focuses on sharing experiences instead of giving advice.

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    If you’re looking for a new high-value/low-cost program that promotes and strengthens your entrepreneurial community, PeerSpectives Roundtable System (PRS) may be just the thing you need. We believe strongly in the power of peer learning, and in the value of our unique PRS protocol that focuses on sharing experiences rather than giving advice.

    The PRS protocol brings consistency to the quality and timeliness of topics and ensures a balanced discussion not dominated by any one issue or individual. While the procedures may sound strict at first, they have been proven time and again to help the group retain its focus and to help the entrepreneur really get to the core of his or her issue.

    The PRS protocol was originally designed with the leader of a second-stage company in mind. Over the years, we’ve found it works for many professionals who find themselves in a position of leadership and possess final decision-making authority. These leaders, regardless of their position or business focus, often encounter decisions they have never faced before.

    These tough decisions involve various stakeholders, including:

    • Business associates
    • Family members
    • Employees

    Issues may revolve around such topics as:

    • Company culture
    • Personnel decisions
    • Customers
    • Direction of the organization
    • Marketing
    • Product development
    • Succession planning
    • Finances

    As a leader of an organization you may wonder where to turn for help. It’s not always appropriate to take certain issues to family members, boards or even a business adviser. By being part of a PeerSpectives roundtable, you can rely on your peers, who are either currently “living it” or have already “been there, done that.”

    PRS is a great complement to recognition efforts and Economic Gardening programs (EG) as it keeps those entrepreneurs engaged beyond the initial point of impact. Don’t have a local recognition or EG program in your area? No problem! PRS has proven its worth as a stand-alone program, too. Take a look at the list of our current licensees.

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  • Why It’s Important

    We know there are options when it comes to CEO roundtables, but we are confident that when it comes to providing value for time, leaders of second-stage businesses will fully embrace the PeerSpectives Roundtable System (PRS).

    Anyone leading a business knows that each day presents unique challenges–particularly to the stage of growth the company is in. As business owners participate in PeerSpectives roundtables, they will find tremendous value in learning from the experiences of their peers. When they walk away from a session, they do so with a sense of clarity and ownership, knowing they made the best decision on how to deal with their issues.

    We know the system works because we’ve seen the results first-hand in tables running across the country. Its power to initiate discussions and end with solid solutions continues to amaze us as we watch one person after another find “aha” moments using this process.

    PeerSpectives roundtables are currently running across the United States. Find one near you.

  • Implement Programs

    The PeerSpectives Roundtable System (PRS) is licensed to nonprofit membership and economic development groups, educational institutions and for-profit consultants looking for a new resource to offer their members, alumni, clients and customers. Research shows that PRS has greater potential for success if you already have existing relationships with your local business owners.

    Renewable each year, the license is non-exclusive, meaning different organizations may run concurrent tables throughout a single region or state.

    One-year PeerSpectives License Fees

    Nonprofit organizations: $700

    For-profit organizations: $1,000

    (All licenses are renewable on a one-year basis at the above costs.)

    What you’ll get:

    • A three-day, two-night professional facilitator training course at Big Rock Valley.
    • A step-by-step guide to lead you through the process.
    • Marketing materials.
    • A companion DVD to see the PRS protocol in action.

    The licensing process is easy! Just contact Rita Phillips to get started!

    In the meantime, start talking to your stakeholders about this exciting new opportunity to build stronger relationships with the businesses that are already in your backyard. When they grow, your whole community reaps the benefits!

What People are Saying

PeerSpectives has been a great way to navigate difficult issues in a down, fearful market. Typically owners of second-stage businesses don't have a lot of people they can talk the difficult issues with — especially for those that don’t have a board of directors or advisers — and the roundtable is a great place to bring up sensitive issues.
Brian Sutherland, president of Highland Solutions, a Chicago-based technology company

Roundtables Team

  • Rita Phillips

    Rita Phillips

    If you’re looking for help with your PeerSpectives roundtable license or need information about retreats, contact Rita.

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    Joy Kitamori

    Recognition takes many forms, and Joy can help you bring attention to your entrepreneurs via YourEconomy.org, PeerSpectives Roundtables or Companies to Watch. Contact Joy.

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