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

2nd Quarter, 2015 Vistage CEO Confidence Index Results

The latest quarterly Vistage Confidence Index is now available. The Index 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. Conducted quarterly and typically includes between 1,500 and 2,000 CEO respondents from across the country. Dr. Curtin has…

The Secret to Leadership

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it: and this you have power to revoke at any moment.” Marcus Aurelius   What if you knew the “secret” of being a great leader and living a…

No Excuses Needed! Creating And Sustaining A Culture Of Accountability

Can you imagine a world where no one makes an excuse for a missed deadline? Chalmers Brothers recently spoke to my groups on creating and sustaining a culture of commitment and accountability. He stressed that conversations are the key to accountability, and as a leader, your job is to have…

Stop, then Ask: The Language of Innovation and Change

"...the leader of the past knew how to tell. The leader of the future will know how to ask." Peter Drucker “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” Albert Einstein Any type of improvement or…

List of Eclectic Book Lists

People are always asking me for book recommendations. Here is a “list of lists”, a collection of eclectic lists of favorite books: Strategy & Business: Best Business Books of 2014 Inc: 10 Quotes and Tips From My Favorite Business Books Business Insider: 15 Best Business Books of 2014 Michael Hyatt's…

Ten Rules for Giving Meaningful Feedback

How difficult is for you to provide meaningful feedback to your employees? The experience can be awkward and anxiety-provoking, so maybe you delay it or, worse, avoid it entirely?! Let’s start with defining feedback. Feedback is a generic term for information about a previous action that was sent back to…

Disaster or Innovation? Your Reaction to Failure Determines Which It Is

A few sentences in a recent New Times article about failure particularly struck me: “… (an) unexpected truth about innovation: It is, by necessity, inextricably linked with failure. The path to any success is lined with disasters.” Disaster?! That’s a strong word. Just the thought of it turns my stomach,…

Decoding and Avoiding Upward Delegation

I was only 26 and excited about my new role as Controller. As a first time manager, I was driven by a desire to be a leader who both listened to, and acted on, my employees’ problems. I encouraged everyone to bring me their unsolved problems. One after another, I…

Open Your Mind and Generate New Ideas by Reversing Everything

Andrea Simon recently spoke to my Vistage Peer Advisory Groups. She is a certified Blue Ocean Strategist. A “Blue Ocean” is a new market space with no competition where demand is created rather than fought over. Andrea says that the key to finding our Blue Ocean is “to ‘see with…

What Do Great Leaders Do?

At my recent Peer Advisory Group meetings, I polled my members about what good leaders do. According to my members (plus a few outside sources that I selected), great leaders do the following:   Lead, mentor, coach, challenge and inspire others to realize their greatest potential. Make decisions. Evaluate risk…
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