Cisco Monthly Breakfasts with Chambers

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August 25, 2006

Cisco Monthly Breakfasts with Chambers


Several years ago I came across the Cisco website and was so impressed with a CEO monthly calendar that kept track of employee breakfasts. As a keeper of all things large and small when it comes to CEOs, I used the calendar in presentations to show how good CEOs communicate internally. It has been several years since I thought about that calendar.

In a recent interview with with CEO John Chambers in Fortune (August 21, 2006), I found this quote: “As for how I hear about employees, I host a monthly birthday breakfast. Anybody who has a birthday in that month gets to come and quiz me for an hour and 15 minutes. No directors or VPs in the room. It’s how I keep my finger on the pulse of what’s working and what’s not. It’s brutal, but it’s my most enjoyable session.”

That’s alot of monthly breakfast with employees. Good to hear that Chambers keeps it up. It’s a great best practice for CEOs.

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