Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in leadership development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Philip Burns, Co-Founder of Chief of Staff Roundtable, located in Smyrna, GA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

The Chief of Staff Roundtable exists to be the definitive source and trusted community for every Chief of Staff in the world.

Our primary customers are aspiring and current Chiefs of Staff from all company sizes, industries, and geographical demographics. We develop and deploy robust, inclusive, and accessible programs and services to help every Chief of Staff succeed.

Our primary offerings include collaborative forums, a community resource portal, peer-led learning cohorts, training and certification programs, and custom enterprise initiatives.

Tell us about yourself

I am passionate about two things. A creator at heart, I love building things, and I love working alongside good leaders to actualize a vision that helps others reach their potential and make the world better. I have spent my career partnering with senior leaders to build teams and launch products/programs that elevate the human experience.

I've been in the Chief of Staff space for almost five years. When I started my first CoS role, I had no idea what I was supposed to do, and I had an acute awareness of how isolating the role can be. To address these issues, I interviewed dozens of Chiefs of Staff and found they shared nearly identical experiences. I decided to start a monthly forum to provide Chiefs of Staff a safe space to process their challenges and exchange best practices, and... BOOM! The Chief of Staff Roundtable was born!

Fast-forward almost 4 years, and our global audience has grown to over 230+ cities across 30+ countries. The Chief of Staff Roundtable has become the #1 resource for those who need definitive resources and a trusted community for an often confusing and isolating role.

The opportunity to help Chiefs of Staff succeed motivates me every day. As the role becomes more and more popular, I can't wait to see how the CoS community will help more leaders build healthy teams and launch products, programs, and services that make the world better.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Not allowing my perfectionistic tendencies to stop me from starting something meaningful.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Managing personal greed / self-ambition vs. helping others succeed and realize their potential

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Build a product or service that will outlast you and make the world better.
  2. Cultivate a bias toward deliberative action vs. impulsive action.
  3. Build systems to hedge/protect yourself, your team, and your company from your blind spots.

Where can people find you and your business?


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