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Meeting with C-Suite Leaders…

Meeting with C-Suite Leaders…

...Is as easy as counting to 10.

From the Note Pad of Nichole McDonald, SPHR

First, you must know why you are having the meeting.  For example, are you selling an idea, solving a problem or introducing an innovation?  You may have Meeting, C-Suite, Value, Effectivenesssecured a 30 minute meeting with a C –Suite leader.   However, the really, really, is that you have only the first 10 minutes to get the attention of a C-Suite leader.

Therefore, you must make every minute count.

Here is how it works;

  • 1- minute, state the reason for the meeting,
  • 2-5 minutes outline the idea, problem or innovation,
  • in 6-9 minutes indicate your recommendations and 1 minute wrap up the conversation, gain commitment or prepare to provide additional information.

If you stay within this time frame you will have a recurring role in the C-Suite!  I will see you there.



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Nichole McDonald, SPHR

Nichole C. McDonald, SPHR senior vice president, Human Resources, has more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles in human capital management. She is responsible for leading Laureate Higher Education Group’s human capital management strategy. This includes managing the areas of talent acquisition, talent development and organization effectiveness and retention. Throughout her career, she has worked in strategic positions where building teams, systems and processes have been of critical importance to organizational growth. During her tenure at Laureate, Nichole has led the people integration process for 14 acquisitions, growing the workforce to over 7,800 employees worldwide. This includes 9 locations in North America and sites in the Netherlands, Poland, Australia, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and New Zealand. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for New School of Architecture & Design in San Diego, CA. Nichole holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management.

One Comment

  1. I love an article that models its key message! I used to ask my employees to resist telling me everything you know on a particular subject. Rather, tell me just what I need to know in order to make a informed decision.


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