Recently I met two very nice men. Both CEOs work in the same industry and both I asked out for coffee to share ideas on how to help people.
Both said yes.
Since then one CEO I have almost daily contact with. We have yet to share coffee because of schedule conflicts, but he is very open to new ideas. I have shared coffee with a member of his marketing team and we soon will all be breaking bread together.
The other CEO schlepped me on to someone else and they in turn schlepped me down the food chain to another person until the door was completely closed. Not one idea was shared! It might not be the CEO himself but the people around him making these decisions. Insecurity breeds fear and fear creates walls of isolation. Obviously they are not open to any outside thoughts.
Which CEO leads a healthy organization that genuinely wants to be more effective?