James Millar is the author of BUILDING BRIDGES: The Case for Executive Peer Networks (July 2018). He is the founder of SkyBridge Associates, a company that designs, creates, and leads the executive peer networks that leaders need to build authentic relationships and share valuable insights. He is former director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard Business School.
A peer network can help CEOs deal with their loneliness problem. Moreover, with the right people, addressing the right questions, peer networks can provide many of the benefits common to any strong community: information, cooperation, support, guidance, insight.
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