Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma's the President's Forum Offers a New Training Program, CEO College

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma's the President's Forum Offers a New Training Program, CEO College

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Your talent, skills and hard work have finally paid off. You've made it to the top spot: the chief executive officer. Unfortunately, you soon discover that the role requires an entirely new set of skills - skills you don't have.

It happens far more often than many people expect, according to Toni Taylor, president and executive director of The President's Forum. Classes for CEO College, a new training program offered by The President's Forum, will begin in January.

Most of the people who rise to the head of the company don't know what the role is really about, said Taylor. They're good at what they do, or they inherit the company. But they lack knowledge about how to work on the company, not just in the company.

Many have taken on the CEO role in a family business, or their start-up business has grown as far as they can take it with their current resources, said Phillip B. Glenn, founder and chairman of The President's Forum. They feel stuck, frustrated and don't know where to go for answers.

While large corporations provide this kind of training in-house, until now no options have been available to Oklahoma's small business, Glenn said.

CEO College allows both current CEOs and those being groomed for the position in the future to learn from a faculty of experienced CEOs. Michael Smith, Rick Simpson, Ronald Kozak and Mark Robertson all possess numerous degrees and years of experience as CEOs of companies in various fields.

It is highly experiential and includes practical application workshops to immediately incorporate new information into their businesses, said Glenn of the CEO College curriculum. Unlike a seminar, the CEO College curriculum is shaped by participants' needs and questions, said Glenn.

Glenn said he'd been coaching CEOs informally for years before he founded The President's Forum in 1994. With 25 years of experience as a CEO for distribution, seismic exploration and technology companies, Glenn found himself counseling numerous new CEOs as a forum moderator with the international Young President's Organization.

Glenn was serving as CEO for Norick Software when the company was sold in the early 1990s, he said, and at that point he knew he didn't want to go on to another CEO position. …

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