Cheryl B. McMillan

Cheryl B. McMillan

Lead Author | Website: http://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

Disruptive Change is Constant: What You Can Learn From Amazon

This is an expanded blog of my column in Smart Business Magazine. Dilbert says, “Change is good. You go first.” Well, someone has, and now, it is your turn. I’ve just finished a series of blogs about how e-commerce and open availability of information is disrupting businesses. These disruptive forces may…

Feedback: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

How frequently do you give and receive feedback? In Vistage, we believe that it is a gift, and we practice it liberally. It is essential for my members to be able to see an issue from a different perspective and subsequently take action. Yet, most of the CEO’s and leaders…

Marketing, Sales and Pricing Strategies for the New Economy: Checklist for Transition

How To Transition to the New World of Ecommerce? In a previous series of blogs, I reviewed the basic model and concept of the new business world presented by veteran Vistage speaker Sam Bowers. With the advent of this new business world, the big question for you to answer is…

Marketing, Sales and Pricing Strategies for the New Economy: Explained in Detail-Part 5

In previous blogs, I reviewed Sam Bowers’ description of the model of the new economy and how it is affecting the pricing and accounting of products and services. Now, let’s take a look at how sales and marketing are affected: What Happens to Sales? Now that people are primarily buyers,…

Silent Expectations

  How often does something like this happen to you? One of your Key Executives hires a new employee. You find out that another candidate was a much better fit, but because she was requesting another $6,000 in total compensation, he didn’t hire her. You think, “The compensation difference between…

Marketing, Sales and Pricing Strategies for the New Economy: Explained in Detail-Part 4

In three previous blogs, I reviewed the basic model and Bowers’ views on added value, cost structure and accounting in the context of the new business world. Here is how pricing fits into his model: Pricing The only way to compete in the new economy is to improve your quality…

Marketing, Sales and Pricing for the New Economy: Explained in Detail-Part 3

In two previous blogs, I reviewed the basic model and concept of the new business world presented by veteran speaker, Sam Bowers. Here are his views on added value, cost structure and accounting in its context. Bowers claims “The concept of “added value” is one of the worst concepts introduced…

Marketing, Sales and Pricing Strategies in the New Econonmy: Explained in Detail-Part 2

In my last blog, I introduced Vistage speaker, Sam Bower’s new world of buying. Here is his diagram of it, with a brief explanation, comparing the new world with the old: = bare minimum of service you will provide and price you will charge for it. = price for additional…

Marketing, Sales and Pricing Strategies for the New Economy: Explained in Detail-Part 1

Imagine that you want to make a deposit into your bank account. Right now you can either do it electronically through your smart phone or an ATM, or you can do it in person with the help of a teller. In the near future, however, you may have to pay…

Sales, Marketing and Pricing Strategies For the New Economy

This week, veteran Vistage speaker, R. Sam Bowers is speaking to my groups.  Here is an interview he conducted with Vistage about his presentation: R. Sam Bowers  contends that the world of selling has changed radically and that companies that intend to survive had better change with it.  Bowers describes…
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