Thanks-Giving

November 22, 2017 at 3:30 am

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I love this holiday because it is celebrated by all Americans, regardless of their backgrounds, affiliations or preferences. While the “thanks” part of Thanksgiving is so meaningful, the “giving” part is equally so. To celebrate the giving part, a delightful tradition, called #GivingTuesday, takes place on November 28th. […]

Ego Diversification

November 19, 2017 at 3:30 am

What does it mean to diversify your ego? Does that even make sense? In the investment world, diversification is de rigueur. Anyone who works with an investment advisor has heard them talk about the benefits of holding a diversified portfolio. The reasons are pretty straightforward, asset classes typically move differently and […]

Q3 2017 Vistage CEO Confidence Index Results

November 12, 2017 at 3:30 am

The Q3 Vistage CEO Confidence Index was nearly equal to the second and third quarters of 2017, suggesting that optimism among small business CEOs has stabilized. Q2 2017 Vistage CEO Confidence Index highlights include: 52% of CEOs said the economy had recently improved, slightly below last quarter’s 55% but more than twice […]

Leadership Quote: The Concept of ‘Value Added’…

November 5, 2017 at 3:30 am

This month’s leadership quote: “The concept of  ‘value added’ will drive more companies bankrupt than any other.” —Sam Bowers What???, you say. Value added is how we differentiate; value added is how we compete; it’s how we win. Yes and.. How much is it costing to add that extra value? […]

Perspective

October 29, 2017 at 3:30 am

Last week I attended “Tribute to the Stars”, a Cara event celebrating students of achievement. The name Cara might be familiar to you, as each year on Giving Tuesday you hear from me asking you to join my match for this wonderful organization that supports people through the process of “getting their […]

What Is Happening Out There?

October 22, 2017 at 3:30 am

Last week I talked about ITR‘s prediction of a slowdown beginning early 2018 resulting in a cyclical recession by February of 2019. As with every recession, Brian Beaulieu of ITR recommends that CEOs use the slowdown as an opportunity to invest in their businesses. Sound advice. And, what better way to determine where to […]

Change is Coming..

October 15, 2017 at 3:30 am

Vistage economist, Alan Beaulieu, CEO of ITR, issued a simple warning in recent days “It’s been a good year, but there is a change coming,” he said. “Things are going to slow down.” For those of us who follow ITR, we know the recession Beaulieu expects next year is one that he’s […]

Crawl? Walk? Run? Fly?

October 8, 2017 at 3:30 am

Hard to know when to walk, when to fly, when to run or even when to crawl. In this fast paced world we live in, our tendency is to default to run. And, my sense is, there is a place for each. The challenge is to let things unfold at their […]

What is a Big Deal to Some, Leaves Others Scratching Their Heads

October 1, 2017 at 3:30 am

In this increasingly sensitized world we live in, we find ourselves in a place of wondering. Wondering, how what we say will be interpreted. And on the receiving end, we may be offended by comments from others and wonder at a minimum, how could this person have been so insensitive. Layer […]

Leadership Quote: You Need to Get to the Future…

September 24, 2017 at 3:30 am

This month’s leadership quote: “You need to get to the future, ahead of your customers, and be ready to greet them when they arrive.” —Mark Beniodd, CEO Salesforce.com   Why Vistage Works Elisa K. Spain