Cheryl B. McMillan

Cheryl B. McMillan

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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

What You Can Learn From Reagan’s Leadership

Veteran Vistage speaker and former number two in the CIA during Ronald Reagan's Presidency*, Herb Meyer recently spoke to my four Peer Advisory Groups. He is widely credited as having been the first senior official to predict the fall of the Soviet Union. Nearly 30 years later, Herb is still…

Using The Enneagram: Discover How Your Core Belief Warps Your Perspective

One of the many things that I love about  being a CEO Coach with Vistage International is the challenge. I challenge my members to be better and they challenge me right back! One of my Peer Advisory Groups recently gave me some feedback and issued this challenge: They wanted to…


  If you are like most CEO’s, you often have a love-hate relationship with your employees. Here are a variety of blogs that I found about employees that might help improve your relationships with them: Help Your Employees Maintain their Sanity Employees can’t appreciate the “extras” that leaders may offer…

Eliminate Mediocrity in Your C Suite!

Even if you are motivated by the best intentions, tolerating mediocrity by you, the CEO, is one of the most common and devastating practices. Like a bad case of flu, mediocrity in your Executive Team will quickly spread throughout your entire organization. Here are three reasons why: Poor or average…

Leadership and CEO Skills Review

Leadership. It is hard to imagine a more talked-about subject in the business world; and for good reason.  Doing it effectively is difficult!  Here are a few blogs about leadership that I found helpful, and I think that you might too: Conventional wisdom (or maybe urban legend?) says that leaders…

Vistage CEO Confidence Index For Q3 2012

The quarterly Vistage CEO Confidence Index, established in 2003, is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive report of the opinions and projections of small- to medium-sized business CEOs about the U.S. economy. The Q3 2012 Vistage CEO Confidence Index includes responses from 1,504 US CEOs, surveyed between September 12 and…

CEO Wake Up Call: Get Out of Your Senior Executive’s Way and Lead

    Is most of your success attributed to your great execution? Were you a master at getting things done? As a result of your "doing" orientation, did your company grow? Now do you have a problem with execution or growth? Is your company too big to keep up your…

Most Common Mistakes That CEO’s Make: Blah Vision Statements

When you describe your company's vision, is it so vivid that I can see and feel the same thing? If not, then your vision is probably too vague, uninspiring or outdated.  Effective vision statements: provide a sense of direction. motivate and challenge your “A” Players. provide a framework on which…

Avoiding Conflict

  The fact is that most of the biggest catastrophes that we've witnessed rarely come from information that is secret or hidden. It comes from information that is freely available and out there, but that we are willfully blind to, because we can't handle, don't want to handle, the conflict…

Ignoring Alignment

I am amused by comments that I hear and read about Apple and it’s leadership. For example: “They need to do more research and ask for customer input.” “They are arrogant.” “Steve Jobs was a perfectionist and maniac about his products.  He was always challenging his employees to do more.…
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