Cheryl B. McMillan

Cheryl B. McMillan

Lead Author | Website: https://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

Design and Communicate the Big Picture

  At the end of each year, I ask each of my members to go through a focus process and construct their “Big Picture” for the upcoming year. This includes (re)envisioning a point in the future and selecting what actions (also called strategic initiatives or multi-term goals) will move their…

Favorite Quotes

Most people love quotes and I am one of them.  Here are some of my favorites: "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."  Anais Nin “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”  Socrates “When the rate of change outside a company exceeds…

Barrier Busting: No Stuffed Shirts!

   In my previous post, I talked about organizational barriers. Here is a personal experience that illustrates how one Senior Manager quickly erected them. I was hired to bring the accounting functions of two large healthcare organizations together.  “Merger babies” was the unofficial title for new employees hired during this…

Busting Organizational Barriers

Webster’s Dictionary defines a barrier as “something immaterial that impedes or separates.”  Barriers are so easy to build in an organization. In his book, “The Looming Tower”, Lawrence Wright describes a mind blowing example (pgs. 387-389): “The Justice Department promulgated a new policy in 1995 designed to regulate the exchange…

Self Mastery-Busting the Personality Barrier

Self Mastery-Busting the Personality Barrier We’ve all experienced the leader who knows everything.  The successful, unaware individual who has not experienced failure and has had no reason to let go of past ideas and change his behavior.  As a result, his frame of mind shuts down learning and listening, prevents new…

Focus on Developing People

  Unless you plan on living forever (I have a member who does), someday you will exit your company. Your company’s value will be significantly impacted by how well the company runs without you, as the CEO. Do you believe that your company must change as fast as the rest of…

Focus-Design Your Organization

One of my members recently said that it is easier to start a new organization than it is to change one. Pretend that you are starting over. You are the architect. Design your organization.  What is strategic focus or framework of your company?  Three are described in the book, “The…

Two Vital Functions of the CEO

The Two Vital Functions of CEOs Over my 30 year career, I have worked for or with a couple hundred of CEOs and Senior Executives.  Of all the important responsibilities of a CEO’s job, two stand out as vital: Focus and Barrier Busting. The speed of change, 24/7 connectivity and…
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