SXSW 2016 Needs Sessions for CEOs/Entrepreneurs

At this year’s SXSW in March, I had the honor of speaking to a large group of CEOs and entrepreneurs about how to evolve from a founder to a great CEO. For SXSW Interactive 2016, I’ve partnered with my long-time friend and colleague Jim Schleckser, CEO and Managing Partner of the Inc. CEO Project, on a session proposal. The topic – How Should CEOs Really Spend Their Time? – is based on Jim’s work on the roles of a CEO and my CEO methodology, including the five responsibilities of chief executives. We’ll present a framework for what activities CEOs should engage in on a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly basis, depending upon their organization’s growth stage.

If you want straight, strategic advice on your business problem, Jim is your guy. He brings a direct, East-coast style to the table, with a sense of humor that keeps the insights light and memorable. This is a contrast to my Louisiana-bred, Texas-style business savvy (accent and all). Check out the short video below for a sneak peak at Jim’s speaking style and what he would discuss during our session.

With more than 25 years of leadership in technology businesses, mergers and acquisitions, engineering, and sales and marketing, Jim helps leaders grow companies. He specializes in the issues that fast growth firms experience in their business models, talent, processes, and systems as they reach higher levels of performance. At the Inc. CEO Project, Jim and his team work with more than 100 CEOs of high growth companies to identify and obliterate the things that stand between them and continued organizational success. 

Voting for SXSW 2016 ends this Friday, Sept. 4. Please consider voting for our session here (free and quick registration required): Also, for more ideas of business, entrepreneurial, and tech sessions to consider, here is a list compiled by Joshua Baer, Executive Director of the Capital Factory here in Austin (scroll down to SXSW PanelPicker):

For more information about our topic, see the Six Hats of the CEO series I published on this blog. See also Jim’s paper on the “Five Hats: The High Leverage Roles of a CEO.”


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