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CEO Roundtable Intensive: Can Your Successors Handle the Complexity?

Thursday, October 29, 2020 (8:30 AM - 9:45 AM) (CDT)


How many managers really want to see the big picture?

I'm not a pastry cook, but I've had to learn a certain amount about it. I'm not a baker, though I've had to learn how to do it. I'm sort of a general cook.  -  Julia Child 

Forcing specialists to become generalists is a recipe for managerial meltdown.  Chief executives naturally assume others have their passion for connecting people and ideas.  But what percentage of your managers are genuinely curious about how departments relate?  Do they enjoy working with different specialists—and can they get them to collaborate?  This Intensive will explore spotting and nurturing that rare talent for cross-functional work.

Setup speaker: Brian Baker

Brian is President and CEO of Sentry Equipment Corporation, a 180-person firm providing services and equipment to condition, sample and measure gas, liquid, slurry, powder, solids, steam and water in production environments.  They have facilities in Wisconsin and Texas and sell globally.  Brian has an MBA from UW-Whitewater and is a CPA. Sentry is a 100% ESOP, which he passionately believes is the most successful governance model.  Brian is on the board of Protanic and the Waukesha County Business Alliance.  He volunteers with the United Way.

Facilitated peer discussion

  1. Who did a surprisingly good job in their first generalist role?
  2. What three characteristics do you look for in a new generalist?
  3. What percentage of time do executives spend as generalists?

 We're delighted to have Michael Best again be our sponsor!


$75 for members and $100 for non-members (non-refundable).

The Wisconsin Club
900 West Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233 United States

The Deutscher Room, 1st floor.

Event Contact
Derrick Van Mell
(608) 260-9300
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