Meditate On It

February 18, 2018 at 3:30 am

What Do You Do When You Get Stuck? We’ve all been there. Working on a project and we just can’t seem to get to completion. Or at least not to a completion we are satisfied with. The project could be something short term, an assignment for a client, writing the […]

Which Kind of Leadership?

February 11, 2018 at 3:30 am

Some situations require a general to inspire us to “take the hill”. Some situations require someone from the group to lead, an informal leader. Some situations simply require wisdom; the wisdom of Socrates, to simply ask the right question. So easy to default to Option 1 and assume all situations require this. […]

Q4 2017 Confidence Index: CEO Optimism Surges to Decade Peak

February 4, 2018 at 3:30 am

The Q4 Vistage CEO Confidence Index was nearly equal to the second and third quarters of 2017, suggesting that optimism among small business CEOs has stabilized. Q4 2017 Vistage CEO Confidence Index highlights include: 66% of CEOs of CEOs said the economy had recently improved, a significant increase from last quarter’s52%. 45% […]

January Reflections Part II – Bold Subtraction

January 28, 2018 at 3:30 am

As January draws to a close, and we perhaps reflect on the goals we set, perhaps even create a new habit or two like Jerry Seinfeld (January Reflections Part I), is it also time to reflect on the nature of our goals? Most of us tend to think in terms of additions. […]

January Reflections Part I – A Temporal Moment

January 21, 2018 at 3:30 am

I just finished reading Dan Pink’s latest book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, which likely explains why I am focused on the meaning of January.  January 1, no surprise, is a temporal moment and Dan’s research supports this. We make resolutions on January 1, and for those of […]

It’s All About The Ride

January 7, 2018 at 3:30 am

Occasionally there are small moments in life that leave a lasting impact. As I think about my intentions for the new year, I am reminded of one of those small incidents, years ago. I was sitting on a bench at the old Union Station. An old man sat down next […]

Leadership Quote: Although No One Can Go Back…

December 31, 2017 at 3:30 am

This month’s leadership quote: “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” —Carl Brad Why Vistage Works Elisa K. Spain

Thoughts for the Coming Year

December 17, 2017 at 3:30 am

As we begin to wind down our business lives for the holiday season and focus on next year, I am continuing a tradition I started 2 years ago, with a wish for peace and understanding between us during the holidays and into the new year. In this spirit, I am […]

Year-End, A Time To Pause and Self-Affirm

December 10, 2017 at 3:30 am

For many of us, the end of the year is a time for self-reflection. We think about what we accomplished, and what we did not. And amongst the leaders I know, the tendency is to focus on what we missed, what can be better, what’s next? The notion that we […]

When Is It the CEO’s Job to Create Drama?

December 3, 2017 at 3:30 am

One of our Vistage speakers, Don Schmincke, is well known for “Discovering The Leader’s Code: Ancient Secrets For Executive Performance.” The primary message Don drives home is the importance of having a positive Leadership Saga – because, in the absence of drama created by the leader, your team will create their own. Supporting Don’s message, […]