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I AM RENAISSANCE FORUMS: Keith York

October 31, 2018

 

My name is Keith York, and I’ve been leading CEO Peer groups with Renaissance Executive Forums in Boise, Idaho since 2016.

 

It’s funny how people are drawn to one career or another. Having worked at numerous smaller companies in and around Atlanta when I was younger I, quite by accident, landed a short-term job at Coca-Cola.  That short term job stretched to three years and a generous offer to take a full time position – which I refused knowing I wanted to move to Boise, ID.  I’ve always been a bit of a storyteller, though, and remain surprised with the fascination people have when I talk about working at Coke.

 

In Boise, after a stint with a consulting company, I settled into a 15-year career with Hewlett-Packard, evolving from a role in purchasing into a significant strategic planner. One day I explained to a senior executive my belief in the importance of vision in building a corporate roadmap. “Only then will we be able to intentionally go from what we’re doing today to what we SHOULD be doing three years from now.”

 

HP management agreed, allowing me to create a position that did JUST that!

 

Yet as any entrepreneur knows, a steady paycheck isn’t always the key to happiness. After stints with these two Fortune 100 companies and numerous smaller ones, I went in search of something more fulfilling. I discovered Renaissance Executive Forums, affording me opportunities to bring CEOs together and help them do what they do…better.

 

I learned to work with the right people to make myself happy, and in turn I’m able to deliver more of myself for them. Now, instead of working with mega-organizations, I’m choosing to work with smart people in small groups, talking about really important things. I facilitate conversations, and find I get as much from it as group members do.

 

I’ve learned from these community leaders that enthusiasm’s contagious. And that everyone wins when you’re willing to be open-minded, vulnerable, humble, and completely honest. Even when you’re CEO of a $30 million company.

 

Honesty’s the real value from Renaissance peer groups. The most progressive business leaders are opening themselves up to feedback from their peers under a blanket of complete confidentiality. This creates more fulfilling careers and the deepest friendships they’ve ever experienced.

 

I’m pleased to play some small part in all that.

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Learn more today about Keith’s dynamic CEO Peer Groups in the Boise, Idaho region. Come learn more about him, or contact him directly at kyork@executiveforums.com or by phone at 208-871-0678.

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