Executives Club of Chicago - New Leaders Circle - An Evening with Bill Doyle

October 3 2007

As part of my personal goal of doing more networking and pushing myself more into the executive side of the technology world, I am attending a few new organization's events. One of them is the Executive's Club of Chicago. The ECC has a young leaders program, called the New Leaders Circle. They have 5 development events a year that focuses on topics that effect the new leader. Last night, on 10/2/2007, I attended the 2007/2008 season's first event.

The event was a forum with Bill Doyle, Chairman and CEO of PotashCorp. Mr Doyle spoke about his rise from Sales Trainee to CEO inside PotashCorp. I found him to be very open, sincere, and engaging. He shared lots of good information and told a couple great stories. Below is a few of the things that stood out for me:

  • "It is not about the destination, it is entirely about the journey" - love this quote ...
  • Meritocracy is the only way to run a company and grow leaders - let people earn their promotions by their skills and their actions, not who they know
  • The 3 H's - Hunger, Humility, Humor - the basis of any good executive
  • #1 job of a CEO - leave the company in better shape than it was when you became CEO, to a better person

I want to talk more about why I am going to these kind of events, but that is for another blog entry. I have been writing it for a while, just need to finish it. It is called "The brand of John Head ... my efforts to make the brand stellar"