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

Downtime Is Not A Dirty Word

  If you are like almost all of my CEO’s and Senior Executives, you struggle with taking time off and freeing yourself from your e-mail and electronic addiction devices. In the interest of your productivity and sanity, here are some helpful articles on how to conquer the urge to constantly…

The Danger of Avoiding Emotion

  While discussing an issue of a member at a monthly meeting of one of my CEO Groups, another member advised: “Take the emotion out of it!” The advice was well-intentioned, but ultimately, wrong. Ignoring emotion in the workplace can actually be dangerous. Here are links to a few insightful…

Purpose and Meaning Are Your Competitive Advantage

Because a true sense of purpose is deeply emotional, it serves as a compass to guide us to act in a way completely consistent with our values and beliefs. Purpose does not need to involve calculations or numbers. Purpose is about the quality of life. Purpose is human, not economic.…

Mastering the Art of Negotiation: 10 Rules For Getting What You Want

How many times a day do you negotiate? If you define negotiation as “a transfer of trust”, as negotiation expert, Jack Kaine, does, you probably negotiate more frequently than you think. Jack recently spoke to a couple of my CEO Peer Advisory Boards, and here are some of his key…

Moving From Tactical to Strategic

"How do I move from tactical to strategic?" is a common question new members asks their Vistage groups.  Here is a blog post from that provides some insight into that question. 6 Habits of Strategic Thinkers You're the boss, but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day.…

Decoding Meeting Success: The Need For a Neutral Facilitator

Are you ever disappointed with the level of participation in  your meetings? If so, you are not alone. This is one of the biggest complaints I hear about meetings from my CEO members. In any meeting, regardless of its size or purpose, there are three roles that you can play:…

Decoding Meeting Success: Using a Detailed Agenda

Does it seem like you are always in a meeting (defined as 2 or more people coming together for business purposes)? Do you feel like you are not getting any “real work” done? Do you dread attending meetings because they are dull, unproductive, disorganized and too long? Whether you measure…

What Makes a Person Accountable Part 2: Accountability Models

In my previous blog, I stated that if you want accountable employees, you must teach them the basic knowledge and follow up with continuous coaching.  Here are two Accountability models that you can use for that purpose: Accountability Models Arbinger Institute Model The Arbinger model is based upon a simple…

What Makes a Person Accountable?

Are you as sick of the “blame game” as I am? Occupy Wall Street protestors blame the "nasty, greedy, wealthy" companies and their executives for their suffering. Politicians spin stories about how the current economy is someone else's fault. Retail workers claim it’s not their fault that a product is…
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It’s All About the People!

Using Developmental One-to-One’s “It’s all about the people.” This is a favorite phrase of my members when referring to the performance and value of their businesses.Therefore,  it’s not surprising that developing people is a vital function of the CEO role. There is little doubt that an aligned and motivated workforce…
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