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economic

Q1 2017 Vistage CEO Confidence Index Results: CEO Economic Confidence Reigns

Q1 2017 Vistage CEO Confidence Index Results :CEO Economic Confidence Reigns A rebound in CEOs’ perceptions of economic growth combined with a more favorable outlook for the economy has created a new optimism. The Vistage CEO Confidence Index was 106.9 in the 1st quarter 2017 survey, slightly above the 105.2 in…
Accountability

How Does Accountability Work in A Peer Group?

In workshops I’ve been conducting with CEO and executive peer groups across the country recently, group members are challenged to assess their overall performance (and develop an action plan for improvement) using the five factors common to high performing peer groups as described in The Power of Peers: How the…
knowledge

How to Develop Your People: What You Can and Cannot Change

Many leaders often struggle with how to help their people develop and grow. Occasionally, they find themselves trying to change things about a particular employee that simply can’t be changed. Mark G. Gardner, CEO and Founder of Avatar and Vistage member, has developed a model to better understand the primary…
tomatoes

Ten Tips to Manage Your Time and Set Priorities

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.” —Steve Jobs “Saying no is the most powerful word in…
stress

The Benefits of Stress

    Thank you Chip, for the remind that stress is not always a bad thing!   It's that time of the year again. The nail-biting, hand-wringing, buzzer-beating, stress-packed world of March Madness! We've seen just two rounds played, but I'm struck by the amount of pressure these "kids" endure…
Honky-Tonk

9 Life Lessons From Nashville Bars

Life Lessons are everywhere. The task is to slow down and find them. The trick is to apply them to your situation. Let’s see how the lessons I observed can be applied to you! This winter I’m working from Nashville. As expected – this town is amazing! What I didn’t…
super bowl

Never Give Up Super Bowl Lesson?

Super Bowl 51 was an amazing game Sunday evening. It was played at NRG Stadium in Houston. The picture below is from the Houston Chronicle: Until the middle of the 3rd Quarter of the game, after an exciting halftime show by Lady Gaga, the Atlanta Falcons seemed to be in…
balance

How Well Do You Balance Your Life?

Sometimes the demands of one part of our life, work or family, consume us. Sometimes because of a crisis, sometimes because of a spike in workload or children’s sports or… sometimes just because we become consumed. These days, mobile devices link us 24/7 to the office, our bosses, our employees…
insiders

How to Develop Strategy Using Your Insiders

Last week I picked up the MIT Sloan Management Review Fall 2016 issue while waiting for dinner. I turned to the last page and read an article by Teppo Felin entitled: “When Strategy Walks Out the Door.” What was really important was the need to include employees in both strategy…
pain

Leading With Vulnerability

  The NFL Playoffs have begun! I love seeing and feeling the passion in a Playoff game - the intensity is palatable. This week, I was also struck by the intensity and power of the hits players endure. I forget, sitting on my comfortable couch, these are 250+ pound guys,…
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