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Beaulieu

Change is Coming…

Vistage economist, Alan Beaulieu, CEO of ITR, issued a simple warning in recent days “It’s been a good year, but there is a change coming,” he said. “Things are going to slow down.” For those of us who follow ITR, we know the recession Beaulieu expects next year is one that he’s been forecasting…
inclusion

How Inclusive Is Your Business? Take the “Airplane Seat Exercise” to Find Out

There is a buzzword regarding diversity efforts: "Inclusion". All buzzwords suffer from the same fate; they become so widely overused that they lose their meaning. Let’s investigate the definition of inclusion. While diversity efforts of an organization attempt to recruit members with varied demographics, psychographics, life experiences, etc., an inclusive attitude…
Broadcasting

What Attitude Are You Broadcasting?

We, like a television signal, are broadcasting our attitude to everyone around us each day. Most people, and I'm guilty sometimes, broadcast negative feelings. I recently spoke in New York City, at a company in Times Square. Before going up into the office building for my meeting, I watched some…
optimism

Small Business Optimism Stable

CEOs maintained their optimism about their firms’ business prospects in the latest survey, despite their recognition that the pace of growth in the overall economy would moderate from the 3.0% pace in the Q2. The Vistage CEO Confidence Index was 103.0 in the Q3 2017 survey, virtually equal to the…
Accountability

How to Role Model Accountability

If it is to be, it is up to me. — Unknown After your second cup of coffee, you realize that Mary had a big deadline two weeks ago and it suddenly occurs that you haven’t heard about results. At your request, Mary comes into your office. When you ask her about…
andi

How to See Your Business with New Eyes

I met Andrea ("Andi") Simon in October, 2014 when she spoke to my Vistage 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. Andi is a corporate anthropologist. You may wonder, as…
conversations

“What is so” vs. “What we say about what is so”

Guest Blogger Bio: Chalmers Brothers is a certified executive coach, leadership development consultant, speaker and best-selling author.  His books “Language and the Pursuit of Happiness” (2005) and “Language and the Pursuit of Leadership Excellence” (2015) have been adopted by the leadership / coaching programs at Georgetown University, George Mason University,…
tolerating

What Are You Tolerating That You Don’t Want To?

How would your stress, energy level and happiness be affected, if you stopped tolerating? To tolerate means allowing things that you don't like to continue. It includes those things that irritate you, drain your energy, and weigh you down. They produce negative emotions, and they may show up in both…
mobile first

Website or App

I’ve offered a lot of advice about your company’s website: Building it on a content management system (CMS), using the principles of responsive design, providing compelling content, using calls to action (CTAs) to drive “conversions,” and measuring everything. But there’s another important consideration resulting from the explosion in smartphone ownership.…
brand

The Brand Experience Myth

Many brands continue to lose relevance, value, and profitability. Much is written about how "marketing" needs to fix this. Talk abounds about consumer experience, purpose driven brands, etc. It's all misdirected. We accept that consumer experience and connection with your company's purpose can create stronger brand loyalty. It's the "icing…
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