Cheryl B. McMillan

Cheryl B. McMillan

Lead Author | Website: http://www.cherylmcmillan.com/

Did you ever regret how you reacted to a certain situation at work or home and wonder why you consistently react that way? If you knew how to react differently, would you change it? These are the people with whom that I work: business leaders who recognize the need to change and who seek increased business success and personal fulfillment. I thrive working with those individuals who truly want to be challenged.

As a Vistage Chair, I lead four full groups of non-competing business executives: two groups of CEO’s, Presidents and Business Owners, and two groups of Senior Executives who report directly to them. In these peer groups, I facilitate the process of my members challenging each other and giving honest, caring feedback in all aspects of their lives. Between the monthly meetings, I also provide executive coaching.

My 30-year plus career includes several leadership positions ranging from a hands-on Manager to President and Board Member. By leading difficult and complex projects, such as start-ups and mergers, I honed my unique combination of technical and people skills, and I discovered my love for working with people to accomplish change. Others describe me as having an ability to uncover hidden issues and succinctly summarize their essence.

Real personal change requires becoming aware before habitual reactions occur. The Vistage program and my executive coaching help leaders become more conscious and less reactionary which leads to better results in business while living a happier personal life.


Recent Posts by Cheryl

Here’s To The Crazy Ones…

As my regular readers know, I collect quotes, share them here and on my website. Typically I publish one quote a month, but this month you get a bonus quote. In the last few weeks, I have been writing about listening. The quote below from Steve Jobs is a wonderful…
How to Stay Authentic Under Pressure

How to Stay Authentic Under Pressure

First, you have to understand yourself, because the hardest person you will ever have to lead is yourself…but, as long as you are true to who you are, you can cope with the most difficult circumstances that life presents. Bill George. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership Being authentic is…
vistage

What to Expect at a Vistage CEO Peer Advisory Group Meeting

Hello. My name is Bill. Today is my first Vistage meeting. It is 8:00 A.M., and as I walk through the door of the conference room, the butterflies in my stomach, from both excitement and nervousness take flight. As I walk in I see groups of members in deep conversation.…
Authentic

How to Be an Authentic and Conscious Leader

As I started immersing myself in the research, I realized that (like many desirable ways of being), authenticity is not something we have or don't have. It's a practice - a conscious choice of how we want to live. Authenticity is actually a collection of choices, choices that we make…
inclusion

How Inclusive Is Your Business? Take the “Airplane Seat Exercise” to Find Out

There is a buzzword regarding diversity efforts: "Inclusion". All buzzwords suffer from the same fate; they become so widely overused that they lose their meaning. Let’s investigate the definition of inclusion. While diversity efforts of an organization attempt to recruit members with varied demographics, psychographics, life experiences, etc., an inclusive attitude…
optimism

Small Business Optimism Stable

CEOs maintained their optimism about their firms’ business prospects in the latest survey, despite their recognition that the pace of growth in the overall economy would moderate from the 3.0% pace in the Q2. The Vistage CEO Confidence Index was 103.0 in the Q3 2017 survey, virtually equal to the…
Accountability

How to Role Model Accountability

If it is to be, it is up to me. — Unknown After your second cup of coffee, you realize that Mary had a big deadline two weeks ago and it suddenly occurs that you haven’t heard about results. At your request, Mary comes into your office. When you ask her about…
andi

How to See Your Business with New Eyes

I met Andrea ("Andi") Simon in October, 2014 when she spoke to my Vistage groups. She is a certified Blue Ocean Strategist. A “Blue Ocean” is a new market space with no competition where demand is created rather than fought over. Andi is a corporate anthropologist. You may wonder, as…
tolerating

What Are You Tolerating That You Don’t Want To?

How would your stress, energy level and happiness be affected, if you stopped tolerating? To tolerate means allowing things that you don't like to continue. It includes those things that irritate you, drain your energy, and weigh you down. They produce negative emotions, and they may show up in both…
self-mastery

A Universal Growth Process for Self-Mastery: A Tribute to David Daniels

What is Self-Mastery? What comes to your mind when I say self-mastery? It’s a strange term, isn’t it? It includes: Being aware of your own thoughts and feelings, and observing them without reacting to them. Accepting all the varied aspects of your personality. You no longer need to deny the…
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