It’s Tough To Be A Leader At A Time Like This

March 24, 2020

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 … Read More

The Meaning of Labor Day

September 1, 2019

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 … Read More

Who we are

January 4, 2015

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 … Read More

What we do

January 3, 2015

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 … Read More

Our impact

January 2, 2015

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 … Read More

Learn more

January 1, 2015

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 … Read More

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

November 25, 2012

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”, … Read More

First To Market Or First In The Mind?

November 11, 2012

Recently, during one of my Vistage Key Executive meetings, we were discussing the book Great by Choice by Jim Collins. During our discussion, one of the members raised the question, how important is it to be first to market? Or is it best to be a “fast follower”.  Jim Collins makes the case that the … Read More

Rush To The Urgent, Or Plan For 2013?

October 7, 2012

As we enter the fourth quarter of the year, are you still focused on 2012 or planning for 2013? At a recent meeting with a group of business leaders, all from the same company, we went around the table and asked “who is on plan or ahead of plan this year and who is not?” … Read More

Leading Change, When Is Enough, Enough?

July 1, 2012

Leaders drive change in their businesses for a variety of reasons; the two primary reasons are: When the leader sees opportunities the current structure does not support When industry changes threaten the current business model Both of these scenarios create a sense of urgency on the part of most leaders and much has been written … Read More