Is It Time for Something New?

Our parents taught us, and we teach our children, the importance of sticking to something, the value of not giving up, and continuing to stay the course even in the face of adversity. But what about the flip side? What about the importance of recognizing when it is time to find something new? Time for the entrepreneur, who doesn't have traction after five years, to try the next thing. And instead, she shows up every day to try, try try, but it is not fun, perhaps never was, and the results show it.Time for the founder who created something special, had fun when it was small, and is no longer working in his genius to move on. Perhaps hire a president, possibly sell, maybe even shut down. And instead of moving on, he shows up every day to try, try, try; but it is no longer fun, and the results show it.Time for the young professional manager to pause and think about...
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Glory Days, Don’t Let Them Pass You By…

Thank you, Bruce Springsteen, for this quote. It seems today that the chorus of "glory days" conversation has increased. Perhaps it is because of Covid-19, or larger than that, a longing for the perceived pace of the past? My response to this is, the glory days were only golden in retrospect. Every period has had its opportunities and challenges - it is only with hindsight that we see the value of a particular period in history. Next time you find yourself longing for glory days, ask yourself the following questions: What is it specifically that appeals to me about the past period? What feels missing in the present? What can I create today to give me the same feeling? ...
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It’s Tough To Be A Leader At A Time Like This

II received two wonderfully inspiring leadership notes last week, and I decided I couldn't wait until Sunday to share them. Thank you, Joan and Ozzie, for reminding us of the responsibilities we have as leaders in difficult times and how hard it is. From, Joan Davison, a member of my Vistage Peer Advisory Board: 17 Hard Things You Have To Do To Be A Great Leader You have to make the call you are afraid to make.You have to get up earlier than you want to.You have to give more than you get in return right away.You have to care more for others than they care about you.You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.You have to grind out the details when it is easier to shrug them off.You have to deliver results when making...
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The Meaning of Labor Day

When the first nationally recognized Labor Day was celebrated in 1894, the day consisted of a street parade sending up a message of “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" (in the words of the AFL). We have come a long way since then. Today most employers focus on offering opportunities and benefits to attract and retain talent; as a result, the need for unions has diminished and few remain. Yet we still celebrate the day as a national holiday. Perhaps it is simply tradition or the acknowledgment of the end of summer. Or a reminder to celebrate how far we have come as a nation of leaders and followers, where two-way communication has become much more the norm than workplace "negotiations". So, as you enjoy your family barbecues, or however you celebrate the day, I encourage you to pause and ask yourself: As a leader, what can I do tomorrow to let each member of my team...
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Who we are

Who we are

Your peer group are people with similar dreams, goals and worldviews. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth. They’re not in your business, but they’re in your shoes. Finding a peer group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost your career can experience. – Seth Godin   My Vistage groups bring together top executives and business leaders for high-value interactions that make a difference to your company and your career. View the members of the Vistage private advisory boards I chair: CEO Advisory Board Key Executive Advisory Board         ...
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What we do

What we do

Through facilitated discussions, problems become perspectives. A definitive plan of action is determined. In subsequent meetings, progress is checked and accountability ensured. Vistage International's Private Advisory boards include more than 18,000 CEO, business owner and executive members worldwide. Member companies are better run and grow their revenues, on average, at more than twice the percentage growth rate after joining Vistage. Visit Vistage Online ...
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Our impact

Our impact

VISTAGE WORKS Over 30% of Elisa's Vistage member companies doubled in size within two years of joining. Several are members of the Inc. 5000, Crain's Fast 50, and Crain’s Largest Privately Held. Since 1957, Vistage has been dedicated to improving business performance by fostering peer-to-peer interaction among business leaders.  Vistage member companies are better run and grow their revenues, on average, at more than twice the percentage growth rate after joining Vistage.              ...
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Why Join a Private Advisory Board Led by Elisa Spain? We look for interesting people with interesting businesses. Successful business owners and professional managers who want to become more successful. CEO members have in common a desire to build professionally managed businesses that operate independently.  Key Executive members represent the key leaders who CEOs have entrusted to take them there. Members are in various phases of this journey  and all share the following core values: Authenticity - Strive to be my authentic self in every part of my life Diversity– Embrace people that are different and think differently from me Lifetime Learner – Focused on personal and professional development If this describes you, contact me to explore further: Email: Direct/Mobile: elisa@elisaspain.com 312.421.1813 Website: LinkedIn: Twitter: www.elisaspain.com http://www.linkedin.com/in/elisakspain http://twitter.com/elisakspain  ...
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Leadership Quote: There Are Only Two Ways To Influence Human Behavior..

Leadership Quote: There Are Only Two Ways To Influence Human Behavior..

This month’s leadership quote: There are only two ways to influence human behavior, you can manipulate it or you can inspire it. Simon Sinek Simon Sinek is well known for his Ted Talk, How Great Leaders Inspire Action. If you haven't seen it, it is worth the 18 minute investment. Bottom line, when you start with "Why", your customers, employees, and all stakeholders will be inspired. Manipulation lasts only so long (until the "target" figures it out). Inspiration, on the other hand, can last a lifetime. Who has inspired you to be who you are today? Who have you inspired to become who they will be tomorrow? Elisa K. Spain...
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