Q3 2018 Confidence Index: Optimism Dips

October 21, 2018 at 3:30 am

The Q3 Vistage CEO Confidence Index – Economic confidence among CEOs continues its slow decline, according to the Q3 2018 Vistage CEO Confidence Index. The survey of 1,484 leaders of small and midsize businesses shows confidence decreasing from the 14-year peak set in late 2017, following the passage of the […]

Leadership Quote: Today is only one day…

September 30, 2018 at 3:30 am

This month’s leadership quote: “Today, is only one day, in all the days that will ever be. But, what will happen in all the other days that ever come, can depend on what you do today.” –Ernest Hemingway   Are You a CEO or President of a Privately Held Business? If […]

Taxes, trade and tariffs translate to trouble

September 23, 2018 at 3:30 am

One of the top five concerns noted in Vistage’s recent report Decision Factors H2 2018, is taxes, trade and tariffs. The new tax law has created as much uncertainty as opportunity for SMBs. Certain changes — such as the revised Section 179 deduction and 20% pass-through income deduction — are expected to […]

Cyberattacks are the Silent Killers of SMBs

September 16, 2018 at 3:30 am

One of the top five concerns noted in Vistage’s recent report Decision Factors H2 2018, is cybersecurity. If you have employees, customers or financial data, you are a target for a cyberattack. Cyber criminals are aggressively targeting small and midsize businesses (SMBs), and cyberattacks are increasing in complexity, frequency and severity. For […]

Talent shortage goes critical

September 9, 2018 at 3:30 am

One of the top 5 concerns noted in Vistage’s recent report Decision Factors H2 2018, is talent shortages. The unemployment rate at 3.9% is near an 18 year low. Last week, the DOL announced the number of Americans applying for unemployment fell to a near 49 year low. By measure of most economists, […]

Cost pressures broadening and growing stronger

September 2, 2018 at 3:30 am

The #1 concern noted in Vistage’s recent report Decision Factors H2 2018, is rising costs. As we near the end of the current economic cycle, for the first time, in a long time, in addition to a typical cyclical tightening, we are also experiencing inflation. Wages are rising, the Fed […]

Leadership Quote: I make more mistakes…

August 26, 2018 at 3:30 am

This month’s leadership quote: “I make more mistakes than anyone else I know, and sooner or later, I patent  most of them.” –Thomas A. Edison #leadership #Vistage You can read more of my blogs and leadership quotes here Are You a CEO or President of a Privately Held Business? If you are […]

What Are CEO’s Most Concerned About Today?

August 19, 2018 at 3:30 am

Entering the second half of 2018, Vistage Research compiled a report summarizing the key concerns CEO’s face today. This report draws on data from the Vistage Q2 CEO Confidence Index report and a team of expert economists. Here are the five key areas of concern: Cost pressures broadening and growing stronger Talent […]

Q2 2018 Confidence Index: CEO Confidence Index Stable in Q2 2018

August 5, 2018 at 3:30 am

The Q2 Vistage CEO Confidence Index – New data from Vistage indicates that the economic confidence of CEOs from small and midsize businesses (SMBs) has stabilized at favorable levels. The Vistage CEO National Confidence Index measured 104.1 in the Q2 2018 survey, which is slightly lower than the index from […]

Leadership Quote: Those Who Failed to Oppose Me…

July 29, 2018 at 3:30 am

This month’s leadership quote: “Those who failed to oppose me…who readily agreed with me and accepted all my views… were those who did me the most injury.” –Napoleon Bonaparte   Why Vistage Works Elisa K. Spain