You, the operational leader
You’re ambitious so it’s inevitable you will always be busy. It goes with the job. If your business does ever run smoothly, you are already driving the next opportunity.
It’s easy to spin your wheels and fight fires all the time but as a smart business leader, you recognise that you need to find time to get ahead of these fires and prevent them from starting by putting them out before they get the chance!
As a smart leader, we would like you to join our community of other busy, ambitious leaders to take time to work on your business. Make time to think and work on business challenges with other international business leaders like yourself. Learning from the successes… and mistakes of others saves time!
Make time to save time. Work smarter not longer.
MD2MD – an international community of business leaders
We create structured opportunities for you to discuss and resolve leadership challenges in confidence with experienced and practical business leaders like you. These discussions enable you to learn from the experiences of your peers and in return, they learn from you. We also provide you with additional insights into best practice in many areas of business through workshops led by international standard expert practitioner speakers.
This process, alongside informal conversations amongst our business leader community helps you to have more confidence, competence and motivation. As a result, you develop even better strategies, make even better decisions, and engage/enthuse your staff to deliver even greater performance in pursuit of your ambitious vision.
In short, we want to help you on your journey to be an even better leader. We raise your game; we help you build an even more successful business by being an even more capable leader.
Sound good so far? Read on for more information…
You benefit from MD2MD membership if you...
Are ambitious for greater business success and recognise that to achieve that you need to develop your leadership skills to effectively lead the team to deliver more and better.
Have the humility to recognise that everyone – no matter how brilliant and experienced a leader – can raise their game further.
Are willing to challenge and be challenged with alternative views, constructive questions and different insights.
Want to learn from a diverse group of experienced business leaders.
Are an operational leader managing profit and loss, and making decisions on priorities and people.
Leadership Challenge Board
Leaders like you discuss in private how best to deal with real business leadership challenges. A chance to develop your thinking on leadership as well as sound out how others would deal with a challenge you face.
Weekly interactive workshops led by world-class practitioner speakers of a standard rarely available to business leaders in a small group.
Speaker webinars are similar to workshops but have unlimited attendees and are not fully interactive. There is no requirement to have cameras on and interactivity is via the text chat box.
Sponsored speaker briefings
The speaker for sponsored briefings is not funded by your subscription. The speaker is a volunteer or is being paid for by a sponsor with an interest in promoting their angle. Which they are briefed to do appropriately and in the context of adding value to demonstrate their worth!
Trending topics discussion groups
Trending topic discussion groups are an ad hoc chance for members to meet, share and discuss best practice in an area of shared interest with other members with an interest in the same subject.
Special interest groups
Special interest groups (SIG) bring together members who have a common interest based on sector, on role, on ownership model, according to a common challenge or indeed by any ongoing shared interest which members are keen to discuss with others like them, addressing or considering addressing the same situation.
An opportunity for you to hear first hand the leadership thoughts of some very experienced and interesting business leaders whilst discussing business with a hundred or so business leaders like you.
Retreat to advance
A chance for you to take time out at an inspirational venue. Consider where you and your business might be in 5, 10 or even 100 years. Where are you heading, why you are heading there and how will you get there?
MD2MD members are operational business leaders like you.
Leader – Your primary role is to engage and enthuse a team in driving towards a shared vision. You probably have a team of tens or hundreds.
Operational – Your challenge is managing sales, marketing, operations and development to efficiently and effectively deliver the right balance between profit now and investment for future growth.
Ambitious – You are ambitious to achieve more success for your business with less stress for yourself.
Learning – Whilst competent and confident you have the humility to realise you can be an even better leader and have the desire to develop further.
Commitment – You are committed to investing in continuous improvement for you, your team and your business.
If you feel MD2MD sounds a great fit for you and could help you move your business to the next stage, then get back in touch with us via the introductory email we sent to you and we can arrange for one of our Ambassadors to talk you through MD2MD membership in more detail and help arrange a free trial meeting with our compliments.
Our trial includes a guest place on a peer group meeting designed to demonstrate the power of sharing with and learning from other business leaders just like you. As a member of MD2MD participating in our events you will experience many insights resulting in better strategies, better decisions, and greater performance in pursuit of your ambitious vision.
Managing Director - Satellite Applications Catapult"The challenge sessions with my peers always provide insight and actionable approaches to problems that vex me and other C-levels. MD2MD challenges you to be the best leader you can be and never disappoints. "View full case study
Frequently asked questions
Are meetings online or in-person
Time is a precious asset for every business leader.
We endeavour to optimise return on time by blending an online core service that allows members to stay in regular contact efficiently with in-person meetings that encourage the development of the powerful in-depth relationships that make MD2MD work so well.
Do I have to commit to a lengthy contract?
There is no long term legal commitment involved in MD2MD membership.
Membership continues only as long as you choose.
Whilst we’d encourage you to think carefully before joining and most leavers exit gracefully in a planned way with a chance to say farewell, membership can be terminated at any time. You stop paying and you stop attending.
How do I know MD2MD is right for my needs?
If you are an operational business leader and you have the ambition to drive more success for your business and recognise that to achieve that you need to raise your own game as the leader, then MD2MD is very probably right for you.
The only way to know for certain is to try. If you are willing to invest in yourself and even greater success for your business, we’ll invest in you.
We offer suitable and committed prospective members a free trial meeting and then a free trial period so they, we, and our members, can make sure your membership adds value for all.
What is the trial membership offer?
We offer suitable candidates the opportunity first-hand how our meetings work. We invite you to join a demonstration meeting as our cost so you can see how the process provides an opportunity for MD’s to learn with and from other MD’s.
If, after that guest meeting, we mutually agree membership is right we offer you a place in a member group. We then invest in providing the first meeting and a speaker-led workshop with our compliments so you can confirm the reality before your first subscription is due.
Are the meetings confidential?
Yes. Its vital that everyone can talk in confidence with their peers. All members are asked to sign a non disclosure agreement upon joining MD2MD.
Is the MD2MD subscription expensive?
Adding value and delivering a return on our members’ investment in membership is fundamental to us. Doing so isn’t actually that challenging. Our members all have tens or hundreds of staff. A 1% improvement in engagement from a leadership insight gained at a meeting is worth far more than our subscription.
Likewise members often run decisions worth 5 or 6 figures past their trusted but independent fellow members.
Just one better decision easily justifies the subscription. And if one alternative view shared in a meeting helps clarify a better strategy then again the subscription is justified for many years.
Are you a networking organisation?
Not like most are. Whilst revenues are critical to all businesses our members typically employ others to generate leads. Members do get to know, like and trust each other and so sometimes do business together. But arrangements are driven by the ethos of mutual support rather than inappropriate pitching.
Which industry sectors do members come from?
MD2MD recruits from all sectors. Every group is a diverse mix with ownership structures from owner manager to corporate subsidiary and a variety in between, and at all stages of development from start up to scale up, to growth, maturity and exit. The common ground is all face the challenge of dealing with people, finances, strategies, decisions and risks. With differing values, beliefs, experiences and attitudes.
That is deliberate. Business leaders like you know your industry and how it operates and know people in your sector. MD2MD members provide the alternative perspective. You’ll develop your thinking by answering intelligent ‘dumb’ questions from wise and independent peers that approach things differently.
Do I have to be a Managing Director to join?
No. Members come with many titles. It is key that you are an operational business leader and are ambitious for more business success whilst recognising that to achieve that you need to raise your game even higher as the leader of the organisation. You recognise that even with all your experience, you still have things to learn.