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

Productivity: Time Wasters, Hacks and Doing Less

It seems that everyone is suffering from too much to do. There are countless consultants willing to help, though, with advice on how to accomplish more with your scarce and valuable time. The following  is a collection of blogs and articles that provide some thought-provoking advice on workload and productivity.…

The Many Aspects of Leadership

Leadership is a broad term that covers many aspects.  Here are a few articles that address and explore some of these: Inspirational Quotes First, some inspiration, a LinkedIn Article on 35 Leadership Quotes that Will Inspire You.   Take the Blame From childhood, most of us try to avoid responsibility…

Show Others Your Genuine Interest In Them: Boaz’s Five Questions To Get Anyone Talking and Cooperating

Boaz Rauchwerger, an award winning Vistage speaker, recently spoke to one of my Peer Advisory Groups.  He reminded members that regardless of how you generate revenue,  “You are in the people business, and to be successful, you need the cooperation of others.”  To create cooperation, you must show a genuine…

Using the Enneagram: Denial As A Defense

After my first blog about some of my experiences as an Enneagram Type 8, I struggled with writing a second one. I spent several weeks thinking about follow-up topics, but I had no ideas and finally realized that I wasn’t experiencing typical writer’s block. My drawing a blank was actually…

What Makes a Good Leader?

Are there any real secrets to leadership? Probably not.  Even so, leadership is one of the most written about subjects. Here are a variety of articles about leadership that sound deceptively simple and are difficult to do well. Expanded awareness is a different state of consciousness. It is a place…

Cool Technology Tips and Trends, #2

E-mail is “Old-Fashioned” Due to changing technology and the rise of social media, the use of e-mail is changing.  Read Bob Cringley's blog on "The Decline and Fall of E-mail" to learn more.   The Queen of the Internet Most Recent Trend Analysis Mary Meeker rose to fame in the…

Failure is Your Friend?!

With the best intentions, I made a whopper of a bad decision a couple of weeks ago. It affected others, and almost immediately they began to express their intense disagreement and feelings about it. I took some deep breaths and tried to calm the sick feeling in my stomach. After…

Don’t Do This! Lessons Learned From Failed CEO’s

Once attained, there’s no guarantee of repeat success for any of us, but we can help keep the odds in our favor by learning from the mistakes and misfortunes of others. Here are some valuable lessons of what NOT to do:    Who’s REALLY Killing Best Buy? Many feel that…

How Do You Define Success?

        "What does success look like?” I often ask my members when they are discussing a problem, challenge or opportunity.  During my last Peer Advisory Board meetings, I asked my members to reflect on their lives and careers and share their “big picture” definitions of success.  Here…
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Cool Technology Tips 1

With technology changing so quickly, it’s hard to  keep up, but I am always looking for new ways to increase my productivity.  Here are some quick tips and tools that I would like to share with you. Quick How To’s That Save You Time   Spend six minutes with New…
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