Network Design and Delivery
Every SkyBridge network is unique, designed to address sponsors’ and members’ specific challenges and opportunities. However, our networks all draw on core principles that enhance trust and build vibrant executive communities. These include:
- Limited size, with membership by invitation only
- No fee for members to participate; a small number of sponsoring organizations provide financial support for each network.
- Regular cadence, with meetings scheduled around members’ availability.
- Agendas developed with member input to address relevant topics.
- Emphasis on active discussion, not passive presentations or briefings.
- Clear confidentiality principles to ensure candor.
Typical network design:
- Networks may be regional, national, or international in scope, and members often represent leading firms in an industry or market segment.
- The ideal network usually has 18–25 members. These members should respect each other as peers and fellow thought leaders.
- Networks may meet in person, virtually, or in some combination. Networks typically convene for many years.
- Networks generally meet three or four times per year, for one to six hours at a time.
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How We Create Value
Most executives intuitively recognize the value of open, ongoing conversations with peers. The world is changing quickly, and leadership is more complicated than ever. Yet few executives spend enough time with those who truly understand their challenges. Time, distance, competitive factors often keep leaders from enjoying the benefits of great peer relationships.
Network members often feel more energized, better informed, more confident, and less isolated. As a result, they deliver more value to their organizations and realize greater career success. As one executive told us: “This is a really important group for me, and the discussions are always enjoyable regardless of the topic.”
Elite vendors and service providers
Vendors and service providers often have limited visibility into clients’ challenges, desires, beliefs, and constraints outside their work together. Networks offer an efficient, effective way to gain proprietary market insights and enhance valuable relationships. After all, there are few other ways to spend six hours at a time with important clients, three times a year, indefinitely.
According to one network sponsor, the investment “helped me to see the challenges of [our clients] on a more granular level. [Thanks to the network] we got a deeper, broader view of all of the challenges that they have. That was really refreshing and something that we bear in mind now. It added more depth to [our understanding].”
Sponsoring a network also sends a powerful, unspoken message: “We care about our clients and want to help build a better future.” It is about listening, not pitching. Sponsors offer something of value with little asked in return. They earn trust and generate goodwill. And since clients are likely to convene anyway, network sponsors are guaranteed a seat at the table as a fellow participant in an exclusive club.
SEE WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT US
“I have found [the network to be] quite helpful, not only to discuss issues of common interest but also to develop personal friendships which enable me to call my counterparts at various firms.”
“There is a huge unmet demand for the types of networks you manage.”
“I was really impressed with the quality of the people involved and the process. The whole concept is something I really get behind. It was a terrific group and they were all engaged.”
“[Sponsoring a network] helped me to see the challenges of [our clients] on a more granular level. [Thanks to the network] we got a deeper, broader view of all of the challenges that they have.”
“I think the diversity of your work makes you more valuable. You have a very unique perspective and can better ‘connect the dots’ in new ways.”
“Once again, this forum got me thinking about different ways to approach my job and I think most others find it helpful in the same way.”