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

Are YOU an Idea Killer?

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.”  Charles Brower or Ovid How do you receive new ideas? Leaders know that ideas…

How Seriously Do You Take Your Emotional Health

“The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.”             G.K. Chesterton, Author Most leaders I work with are aware of the importance of their physical health, particularly the importance of eating…

Attributes of High-Performing Employees, Executives and Leaders

I wish I had a dollar for every time one of my Vistage members says that “good employees are hard to find.” It’s easy to know when you do have one. They consistently exceed expectations and work well with others. But, what exactly makes a high-performing employee? Not surprisingly, the…

October, 2015 WSJ/Vistage Monthly Small Business Survey Results

CEOs limiting investments and hiring The economic confidence expressed by small firms has slowly declined since the start of 2015, falling to its lowest level in nearly two years, according to an October 12-21, 2015, survey of 644 small business CEOs and business owners. The WSJ/Vistage Small Business CEO Confidence…

Where Are You in The Economic Cycle?

Imagine that you had a map that showed you where you were in an economic cycle? Then imagine that you had a list of ideal management actions to take for each phase of the cycle. How much would that be worth to you? Brian Beaulieu recently spoke at our annual…

How to Define and Drive an Intentional Culture

David Friedman recently spoke to my Vistage peer groups about the most practical and effective way to embed culture in a company that I had ever heard. David started by asking my members how important each of their own cultures were from a scale of 1 to 5. Most answered…

Demonstrate Leadership With Your Emotional Self-Regulation and Maturity

If I asked you to name someone who is emotionally immature, who comes to mind? Maybe it’s an adult acting like the kid throwing his phone in this Nationwide commercial. Hopefully, its not you! In the business environment, emotions still take second seat to logic, even though the work of…

Being Unclear about Decision-making Authority

Do you ever complain that your direct-reports don’t make enough decisions on their own? Do they ever complain about your micro-managing? In my work with CEO’s and their Sr. Executives over the last 10 years, I often see that that the boundaries and authority for decision-making are blurry or non-existent.…

Competitive Advantage: Is Yours a Hit or Myth?

"If you don't have a competitive advantage, don't compete!" Jack Welch Jaynie Smith, author of Creating Competitive Advantage: Give Customers a Reason to Choose You Over Your Competitors and Relevant Selling: Research Proves Customers Value More Than Just Pricerecently spoke to my groups. Here are the highlights of her books…

A Key to Your Professional and Personal Growth: Receiving Feedback Well

Giving feedback to others should be part of your daily routine, and you probably do it with confidence and firm belief in your point of view. How do you feel, though, when you receive feedback? Do you agree with the giver’s perspective? Your natural reaction when receiving feedback from some…
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