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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…
conversations

“What is so” vs. “What we say about what is so”

Guest Blogger Bio: Chalmers Brothers is a certified executive coach, leadership development consultant, speaker and best-selling author.  His books “Language and the Pursuit of Happiness” (2005) and “Language and the Pursuit of Leadership Excellence” (2015) have been adopted by the leadership / coaching programs at Georgetown University, George Mason University,…
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…
mobile first

Website or App

I’ve offered a lot of advice about your company’s website: Building it on a content management system (CMS), using the principles of responsive design, providing compelling content, using calls to action (CTAs) to drive “conversions,” and measuring everything. But there’s another important consideration resulting from the explosion in smartphone ownership.…
brand

The Brand Experience Myth

Many brands continue to lose relevance, value, and profitability. Much is written about how "marketing" needs to fix this. Talk abounds about consumer experience, purpose driven brands, etc. It's all misdirected. We accept that consumer experience and connection with your company's purpose can create stronger brand loyalty. It's the "icing…
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…
Enneagram

What are Self-Observation and the Inner Observer?

The Enneagram personality system has changed my life. Not only do I understand why I do what I do, but I am more aware of my thinking, feeling and behavior patterns as they occur. How did I develop this self-awareness? Through the practice of self-observation. Self-observation is an awareness practice…
cloud computing

Seven Reasons Why Your Business Should Embrace the Cloud

Last month, I wrote about the cloud (as in cloud computing) and explained why we call it that. Today, I’ll highlight why the cloud is better for the vast majority of companies, compared to the old way (buying and managing your own hardware and software). For the record, I’m referring…
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