To help you decide if becoming a member of the MD2MD community is the right thing for you we have addressed a lot of the main questions we think you may be asking but if there is anything we have not been able to answer then please contact us via the enquiry form and we will get back to you.
Who, what and why?
Do I have to be a Managing Director to join?
No. It is the variety of knowledge, experience and attitudes which make MD2MD so valuable to you as a member.
Whilst MD2MD operates within the areas described we don’t stop people from outside the area from being members, and this can work if someone travels into the area significantly as part of their role. Indeed, we currently have members who work in London and live the other end of the country! We also have our online option due to the current pandemic, meaning that location is not an issue at all.
What size organisation can join MD2MD?
Membership works best if you run an an established business like our members. To deliver a return on investment your business needs to be sufficiently established that you lead as much as you sell or deliver. That probably means that more than ten people are actively involved in the business and you probably have revenues of £500k to £50M.
I have an MBA. Is MD2MD relevant to me?
You are in the same position as our founder was when he first joined a peer group. He’s now so passionate about peer group learning that he runs it as a business.
Whilst an MBA is extremely valuable, an MBA graduate can also learn a lot from fellow leaders who are ‘street wise’ entrepreneurs learning from the ‘University of Life.’
Can the leader of a not-for-profit organisation join MD2MD?
In some ways yes. Some see a parallel between our leadership challenge board and non-executives challenging the executive team at a company board meeting. Our speaker sessions are sometimes seen as being similar to MBA lectures, although they are typically practical university of life people, not academics. And there are many parallels with Senior Management Development Programmes, Business Coaching and Business Mentoring.
What other types of meeting do you hold?
Believing in continuous learning as we do, we are continually innovating and refining our offer.
We occasionally use other types of meeting including:
Our annual ‘retreat to advance’ at a suitably relaxing and inspirational venue. Over two days and one evening we try to step back from the day to day, month to month continuous improvement process and apply our mutually supportive but challenging approach to our long term goals and plans.
Mini conferences where we bring all MD2MD groups together for a day, and sometimes with other business leaders to interact in ways that can’t be achieved in small groups.
How does MD2MD compare to a Senior Management development programme at a business school?
As business leaders ourselves, we know the importance of being prudent and careful with the cash, as do our existing members. What they recognise is that businesses actually succeed not by eliminating all costs, but by investing smartly in ways that generate revenues and a return on investment.
For most leaders the cash cost to their business of their time in attending MD2MD is more than the cash cost. The opportunity cost is even greater. So as with everything, the real issue is value. Click here for more information.
How do I find the time?
At MD2MD, we believe that you get back the time you give with an MD2MD membership. In the long run, you’ll save time by being a better leader and having a more successful business. You will get a return on investment. Click here to find out more.