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


10 Steps to Polish Your Rough Executive Team

"A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together." --Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe A diverse Executive Team of talented, strong, diverse individuals is a great thing, right? Diversity can promote passionate discussions, provides multiple perspectives, create a richer range of options, and, ultimately produce better decisions.…

How Does Your Personality Affect Your Leadership?

After the death of Steve Jobs, Tim Cook was selected as the CEO of Apple, Inc. Cook's personality is very different from his predecessor's, and just like you, his personality influences how he leads his company. There are many ways to evaluate personalities and my preferred system is The Enneagram…

Are Your Leadership Barriers Harming Your Company?

Barriers are obstacles that prevent peak performance. How many are you unintentionally creating in your company? Leadership barriers start at the top and their impact affects your whole organization. The symptoms of these barriers take many forms and hide in many places including your culture, processes, and strategy. Worst of…

Your Most Important Job: Creating Safety

We are wired as social beings, with a strong need to connect and belong. In every interaction with your employees, you are either creating a psychologically safe or psychologically harmful environment for them. In his book, Silos, Politics and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn…
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Q1 2016 Vistage CEO Confidence Index

The 1st Quarter, 2016 Vistage Confidence Index is now available. Below are some key highlights: 54% of CEOs plan to expand their workforce in the year ahead. 32% of CEOs said the single most important issue they faced was finding, training, and retaining employees. 41% of CEOs plan to increase spending…

What I learned from Clarence, the Blind Cat

Our local colony of feral cats knew that Clarence was different. He wasn’t quite like them. I suspect that he once had some human interaction in his life, because unlike the feral cats, he wouldn't run away from the slightest hint of human presence. He seemed quite gentle, and although…

“I Am a Badass!” Practicing Emotional Resilience

“People who wade into discomfort and vulnerability and tell the truth about their stories are the real badasses.” Brene Brown I write a lot about managing emotions, but it’s not because I am an expert. One reason that I do it is to improve my own skills. Recently, I had an…

The Ying and Yang of Innovation: Inherent Conflict with Operations

“Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration.” Thomas Edison Much of the first 15 years of my career was spent implementing brand new initiatives and cleaning up existing operations. Whether it was improving a department’s effectiveness, implementing new software or combining departments as a result of a merger or…

Q4 2015 Vistage CEO Confidence Index

The quarterly Vistage Confidence Index is now available. Overview of the survey: 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. Conducted quarterly and typically includes between 1,300 and 1,500 CEO respondents from across the country. Results analyzed by University…
Start each day in 2016 with an inquiry

Start Each Day in 2016 With An Inquiry

One of our favorite rituals associated with the start of a new year is resolving to change our unwanted behaviors or improve ourselves in various ways. While well-intentioned, more often than not our resolutions fail. This year, instead of making resolutions, do something different: every day, ask yourself one or…
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