I Me Mine

This blog, by guest blogger, Greg Bustin, business advisor, author, and fellow Vistage chair, tells the poignant story of the Beatles breakup.  This story is a wonderful reminder of the importance of aligning our values and goals with our purpose, and most importantly our relationships.  And, it also reminds us that while values seldom change, goals and purpose evolve and therefore so must our relationships. Elisa K Spain Are You a CEO or President of a Privately Held Business? If you are also a lifetime learner and want to learn more about my Vistage Group, click here ******************************************************************  As 1968 became 1969, George Harrison felt as if the Beatles “were reaching the end of the line.” While it may have been twenty years ago that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play, in the 16 months since that landmark album’s release, the Beatles had morphed from collaborative colleagues into bickering bandmates barely able to stomach studio sessions together. “Sgt. Pepper was our grandest endeavor,” Ringo remembered. “It gave everybody—including me—a...
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Why Do We Make Mistakes?

To close out 2018, I’ve asked Dr. Andrea Simon, Vistage Speaker and corporate anthropologist, to write the following guest blog, "Why Do We Make Mistakes?" This blog seemed a fitting conclusion to my recent series on habits. We’ve all been told since childhood to learn from our mistakes. In this blog, Dr. Simon offers us her perspective on the science of making mistakes. We learn why making mistakes makes us smarter and our brains bigger. And why, despite our efforts to learn from them, we continue to make them throughout our lives. See you in the new year. Elisa K Spain You can read more of my blogs and leadership quotes here. *************************************************************************** Mistakes are a natural part of life - there is no way around that. There is no person, alive or dead, who hasn't made any mistakes throughout their life. The most significant difference, however, is between those who can learn from their mistakes and those who can't. We may try to even go as far as...
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Planting The Seed

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 our ways and methods are the one best way. Quoting Bill Gates, “Success is a lousy teacher. It convinces smart people that they can’t make mistakes.” I have observed over time many leaders who pronounce or dictate a course of action with the result that his or her subjects follow that course. Their own experience is that the smart leader has always been right. They bury their own reservations. The Socratic method of using questions is one way to change the pattern of leadership communication. However, if overused, that method can become annoying to the listener. Another way to approach this is what I call planting the seed. Suggesting in conversation that...
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What Does All This Mean, What Will We Do, And How Will We Go About Doing It?

  I've decided to end the year with a guest blog from my friend and fellow Vistage Chair, Larry Cassidy. We've been having a discussion amongst us Vistage Chairs about the recent tragedies, hate crimes and terrorism and the related impact some members have begun to see in their companies. For me, Larry's commentary expressed the challenge we face as a nation and caused me to pause. With that in mind, I am making it visible here, offering you some food for thought as you begin the holiday season. First, a couple of stories and then Larry's post. One Chair began this conversation by sharing these stories One member reported an angry customer screaming in the lobby of her financial services company that the customer service rep he dealt with (second generation Pakistani American) should go back to her home country. Another member reported, after I asked if he had seen any evidence of workplace intolerance, that he had four Muslim employees in his IT department and he overheard one...
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Leadership Quote: Knowing Our Impact On Others

  This month's leadership quote: "Of the many, many things about which we are unclear, or of which we are unaware, our impact upon others is at or near the top." -Larry Cassidy, Vistage Master Chair Today's blogpost is offered by guest blogger Larry Cassidy, fellow Vistage Master Chair and author of this month's quote. Larry has been a Vistage chair in California for 27 years and his words of wisdom inspire all of us. Are you aware of your impact upon others, for better or for worse? We all too often live in our own personal bubble, unaware of how what we say and what we do land upon others. So come with me on a short walk, to the wood fence behind our house..... If each time we did something thoughtless or rude or unkind, we had to pound a nail into our fence post, over time the post would resemble a metal porcupine. And if we could pull a nail out of the fence post each...
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