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Register for Seattle’s Vistage Executive Summit – Tuesday, May 16th

Driving Dynamic Decisions Executives are in the business of making decisions. Difficult decisions. Big decisions. Decisions no one else can make. Many times, there are no clear-cut answers. But there ARE make-or-break consequences. This is the world you live in. Own it. Don’t just make a decision. Optimize it. What is the Vistage Executive Summit? Helmed by … Continue Reading

Rapid Learning for Leaders: The True Cost of a Bad Hire

quote-the-moment-you-feel-the-need-to-tightly-manage-someone-you-ve-made-a-hiring-mistake-james-c-collins-76-82-39The point underscored by these two articles? Making bad hires is more costly than you think. What have you found? See what Barry Shamis thinks next week. A couple nuggets to chew on before then: ONE The True Cost Of A Bad Hire — It’s More Than You Think by Falon Fatemi, founder and CEO of Node: Recruiter … Continue Reading

What is Your Peer (and Leadership) Superpower?

No doubt you arrived at my blog after receiving a handwritten card. That note of gratitude promised an answer to this question: do you wonder what we treasure most about you? Before I answer, let’s deconstruct how you ended up in our peer “discovery” group. First, we stripped away title; we imagined you powerless. Second, we saw a … Continue Reading

Does peer group make sense? Let’s talk and decide together.

What’s Vistage? It all starts with a group. Put 12-14 high performing business executives in a room and the potential is enormous. A Chair ensures that every bit of that wisdom and experience is a applied in the meeting. An expert guides the meetings. I’m a facilitator, guide and coach. I help stimulate thinking, frame issues, … Continue Reading

Truth, Alternative Facts, 1984, Liars, and Leadership

Inauguration Day 2009 2017My unplanned thoughts after hearing about this news story: Alternative Facts: Trump Adviser Conway Stirs Mockery, Concern (click for humorous memes). “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” ― George Orwell, 1984 A short story: Liar to Reporter: These are alternative facts. You mean lies? Yes, lies. I’ll … Continue Reading

Selecting Seattle CEOs for 2nd Peer Advisory Board

Vistage Group ExampleThe most effective CEOs work on (NOT in) the business. These CEOs understand and value strategic solitude and deep thought. These CEOs constantly gather insight from new and unfiltered sources. You won’t find these CEOs on the tactical treadmill to nowhere. These CEOs don’t get caught in an echo chamber. These CEOs are not lonely and … Continue Reading

How Is Your Story Going to END?

This is a guest post by my colleague and Vistage Chair, Will Kaigler. Will leads and facilitates a CEO peer group in Pittsburgh, PA: As you have come to know, my Monday morning email is typically comprised of articles and quotes relating to business.  This week I am compelled to go in a different direction. … Continue Reading

P.S. TEN REASONS to Test-drive a Seattle CEO Vistage Peer Group

Image top-10I invite you to an opportunity to experience a CEO peer advisory group in action and hear from a world-class speaker. On Thursday, November 3, I’m hosting an invitation-only breakfast meeting to allow CEOs and business owners the opportunity test drive a Vistage group meeting. We’ll tackle a real issue that someone in the room is facing. Then, as … Continue Reading

Leading is BEING–Not Doing. What’s Your Reality?

Leadership is about BEING – not DOING. Yep, putting your feet on your desk and looking out your window is leading. You must make time to pause reflectively. You must make time to contemplate. You must make time to go deep. You must maintain your awareness of self and the values (and the “intolerables”) that guide you. … Continue Reading

Develop Your Own Personal CEO Guidance System

“Build an army around you and develop your own ‘personal guidance system’ like some of the most famous CEOs in history.” Why consider a CEO peer group? Growing your business isn’t easy. Richard Franzi: “The whole effort of CEOs working together is more than the sum of those same CEOs working separately…. The power of a CEO peer … Continue Reading

The CEO–Board Dynamic in Strategic Development and Oversight

Keep in mind: One of the primary responsibilities of the board is to “ensure the strategic guidance of the company.” – OECD Directors should “constructively challenge and help develop proposals on strategy.” –U.K. Corporate Governance Code Directors consider strategic planning and oversight to be their most important responsibility. –NACD How exactly does the board perform … Continue Reading

Isolated? Hearing Echos? Find Your Decision-Making Sweet Spot

To be a great decision-maker you must fine-tune your network. You must also carefully and continually engage in social exploration. From the HBR article, Beyond the Echo Chamber: “Decisions don’t happen in a vacuum; the best ones rarely come from deep pondering in isolation. They happen when people learn from and draw on the experiences of others. In this … Continue Reading

Living and Leading in the Perpetual Discomfort Zone…

I love this quote from Francisco D’Souza, CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions: In business, the comfort zone has never been a good place to be. Companies that get too comfortable risk becoming irrelevant, obsolete—and extinct. This is particularly true in today’s business world where the forces of globalization; new social, mobile, analytical and cloud technologies; and fast-changing … Continue Reading

How Does a CEO Create Positive, Purposeful Discomfort?

In my last post, I talked about mindset, growing through discomfort and the effort effect. Leadership is about influence. Leadership is about growing others. How do you do that? Make sure you focus on creating positive, useful discomfort for someone else. According to Bill Treasurer, author of Leaders Open Doors, “positive, purposeful discomfort” is about: Having your employees’ … Continue Reading

Genius is Purposeful. How Leaders Deliver Extraordinary Results…

Curious about an ongoing study of the mindsets of business leaders when delivering their most extraordinary results?  What is the mindset that shows up when CEOs are at their most effective? Of the eight mindsets identified, the “Purposeful” theme is exhibited by 82% of the leaders. This mindset is especially important to a sense of personal power … Continue Reading

Top 10 Reasons Why NOT to Join a CEO Peer Advisory Board

A note to CEOs from Artie Isaac, my Ohio-based Vistage Chair colleague: Some high-potential candidates raise obstacles, rather than applying for membership in Vistage. Here are some of their reasons. 10. “I can’t make the time to join Vistage.” You think your time is precious? No Vistage member has any more time than any other member. We … Continue Reading

10 CEO Nuggets for Finding and Keeping Your “A” team

A note to CEO’s from Theresa Torseth, my executive search professional friend: 1. Hire for attributes; train skill. Hire and promote first on the basis of integrity; second, motivation; third, capacity; fourth, understanding; fifth, knowledge; and last and least, experience. Without integrity, motivation is dangerous; without motivation, capacity is impotent; without capacity, understanding is limited; without … Continue Reading
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