MD2MD Members

MD2MD is a community of international and operational business leaders, ambitious to become even better leaders.


Operational Business Leaders

We use the term MD2MD to illustrate that the essence of your membership is your relationships with peers. Engaging with other leaders like you Managing Director to Managing Director. (MD to MD)

Our community is interestingly diverse with members based internationally and across different sectors. We use the term Managing Director but actually your role may very well be Chief Executive, Executive Chairman, Senior Partner or Managing Partner. What is critical is that you are the operational leader of a business or business like unit. We welcome members from the third and public sectors too. Some people with other titles such as General Manager or Chief Operating Officer may qualify too. The key thing for being a suitable member of MD2MD is that you are an operation leader.

You are operational if it is your role to develop the business plan and then deliver against it. In planning you’ll be balancing long term investment and short term profit, sales and marketing, operational efficiency and quality and, development and growth. In delivering against the plan you’ll be developing and managing people, structures and teams using policies, processes and systems to deliver financial and non financial outcomes.

This probably means you lead tens or hundreds of staff as if you have more staff than that your role is probably as a strategic leader who employs Managing Directors to do the practical stuff of running the individual business units.

You are the Leader if your challenge is more about getting others to do things than it is about getting things done. Indeed, making that transition is itself a key challenge for many who join MD2MD. You probably gained your first leadership role because you were good at deciding and doing. Many like you join MD2MD when they realise that making that personal transition to leadership is critical to sustaining growth as the business scales. Businesses often plateau when there are too many people and processes for the leader to get things done simply by being good at deciding and doing themselves.

This probably means you lead tens or hundreds of staff as if you have less than ten staff you probably spend most of your time doing: developing, selling and delivering.

Valuing different perspectives

We all know our sector and how it works … and usually have many contacts within it. The value of MD2MD is getting insights and advice from a diverse group of peers.

They may work in a different country or sector; perhaps within a different ownership structure or operational scale, or maybe they are a different age or career stage.

Whatever their situation their role is to provide alternative perspectives whilst understanding the challenges you face as the leader who ultimately has to make the difficult decisions and drive the success of the business!

You will suit 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 real business leaders
  • Are an operational leader managing profit and loss, and making decisions on priorities and people
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And if your organisation is...

  • Sufficiently established that you succeed mainly by leading effectively rather than doing it yourself.
    Usually this means you lead a team of tens or hundreds and you have revenues from £500k to £50m
  • Growing, or you’ve grown in the past and have the resources to get back to growth
  • Are ambitious to drive greater success (however you define it)
  • Leading a private, public*, or third* sector business or business unit.

MD2MD meetings

MD2MD membership includes four valuable meeting formats all geared to the different needs of the modern day operational leader. These include two regular monthly meetings, available online or in-person plus two larger format, annual events.

Speaker-led workshops

Led by world-class practitioners, of a standard rarely available to business leaders in a small group. Experts sharing best practice to provoke you to improve your business by thinking and acting differently.

Peer challenge board

Leaders like you debate in confidence how best to deal with real business leadership challenges. A chance for all to develop thinking on leadership as well as a useful sounding board for the person facing the challenge.

LeaderFest conference

Our annual, flagship event provides a chance 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?

A sample of our Speaker-led workshops

Every week, MD2MD deliver a choice of online workshops led by international standard professional speakers. Speakers of a calibre rarely available to SME leaders in small groups. Places on workshops can also be booked for your team on request or as a specific package (Need to find right working)