What If I Can’t Today?

June 17, 2018 at 3:30 am

We as leaders are told all the time that everyone is always watching us. A smile, a frown, silence, all are interpreted as “a sign”. And since most of us think in terms of impact on ourselves, our followers interpret these “signs” as a sign of something that impacts them. […]

How Do You Know If Your Team Is Living Your Core Values?

June 10, 2018 at 3:30 am

These days, most companies have stated core values. Many CEOs intentionally initiate conversations within their companies to ensure these values are front and center in their dealings with customers and employees. When difficult decisions are before us, we often ask ourselves, “what is the right thing to do?”; “how does our value […]

Here’s To The Crazy Ones…

June 3, 2018 at 3:30 am

As my regular readers know, I collect quotes, share them here and on my website. Typically I publish one quote a month, but this month you get a bonus quote. In the last few weeks, I have been writing about listening. The quote below from Steve Jobs is a wonderful […]

Leadership Quote: The Best Way…

May 27, 2018 at 3:30 am

This month’s leadership quote: “The best way to keep a good employee is to fire a bad one.” –Bob Thomson   Why Vistage Works Elisa K. Spain

It’s All About the Experience

May 20, 2018 at 3:30 am

My husband and I are both foodies; we love to cook and to experience food events. Recently, along with another couple, we signed up for an “underground dining experience”. We had attended one of these in the past with a young chef who was relatively new on the restaurant scene […]

Vistage Confidence Index Chicago Update

May 13, 2018 at 3:30 am

As reported earlier in April, CEOs nationally continue to voice optimism about their future financial prospects and plan to increase their investments and expand their labor force. Although the Vistage CEO Confidence Index retreated from the decade high recorded at year-end 2017, it remains quite favorable. Here in Chicago, while CEO’s […]

Planting The Seed

May 6, 2018 at 3:30 am

Today’s post is offered by guest blogger and fellow Vistage Chair, Steve Larrick.  As leaders, we develop our own styles, and ways of getting things done over our careers. What works against us at times is that early success in leading others and in getting things done convinces us that […]

Leadership Quote: It Doesn’t Make Sense…

April 29, 2018 at 3:30 am

This month’s leadership quote: “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” –Steve Jobs Why Vistage Works Elisa K. Spain

Listen, Please

April 22, 2018 at 3:30 am

As leaders we are problem solvers. In fact, problem solving is a key strength required in a leader. And yet, sometimes, the best solution is to simply listen. When I first began working as a leadership coach, I believed that my role was always to motivate my client toward action. […]

Why Work with a Coach?

April 15, 2018 at 3:30 am

For CEOs, the answer to this question is usually easy, the personal and professional gains a CEO expects from coaching usually have a direct correlation with results in their business. For a senior executive, the question is more complex, because in addition to the relationship between the coach and the executive, there is […]