20 Executives Share Lessons They Wish They Could Have Told Their Younger Selves

What You Might Some Day Tell Yourself:   In addition to what CEOs think you should read,  here’s the advice they would give their 22 year old selves if they could go back and offer themselves a stern warning.

Reverse Mentoring

Mentoring and coaching are usually thought of as an older, more experienced person guiding a younger inexperienced person. However, in a time of a great change, it may make sense for the senior person to have a junior coaching him or her as the young generally do better adapting to, or creating, change than those… [Continue Reading]

Eat Last, Don’t Learn Last

An old leadership proverb is that “leaders eat last” and a new book bearing that title by Simon Sinek explores the topic well. However, one area where leaders “eat last” at their peril is failing to invest in their own development as well as that of their team.  Vistage’s Chief Research Officer, Joe Galvin,  in a recent Inc… [Continue Reading]

Managing & Leading: What are the Differences?

I often get confused between Managing and Leading – after all aren’t they one and the same? I soon discovered that managing is squeezing efficiency out of the system.  It is largely about productivity – how can I get more units of output per labor hour.  How do you think individuals behave when they are managing… [Continue Reading]

Are Leaders Born or Are Leaders Made?

My own view is Leaders are like professionals (sports, arts, etc.): Some have more natural talent than others, yet it is the growth in this talent that propels them into a level of mastery. The most important point is we have to want to grow our talent at an emotional level, not a cognitive level, to achieve… [Continue Reading]

The IKEA Effect

The founder of Ikea, Ingvar Kamprad passed away on January 31. His extraordinary success (he was number 10 on the world’s richest persons list) by bringing a new business model to an old category is the stuff of business legends. What was so different about his offering? Vistage’s premier speaker on the art and science… [Continue Reading]

Alchemy for CEOs

In the Middle Ages, Alchemists labored mightily, but in vain, to turn lead into gold.  One Vistage member, speaker and author suggests that CEOs can be modern-day alchemists and achieve a transformation that yields even more value; turning employers into owners. Scot Hunsaker is a ten year plus Vistage member and award-winning 2016 Vistage Breakout Speaker who bought a small… [Continue Reading]

Drucker’s Big Five

It’s hard to believe that the legendary Peter Drucker’s been gone for over a decade; perhaps it’s the timeliness of his work that keeps him top of mind with so many executives. Many companies will be focusing on their strategic plans during December and it’s easy to get lost in the weeds of planning given… [Continue Reading]

A Dearth of Depth

Where have all the leaders gone? Or at the very least, where are they going? The quest for experienced and effective leadership is getting harder… and it is not only the executive search and placement companies taking notice. Companies of all sizes are increasingly finding it difficult to successfully fill their vacant Board and C-Level… [Continue Reading]

525 CEOs Would Like a Word with You

The New York Times’ Adam Bryant wrote “The Corner Office Column” for ten years.  During that time he interviewed 525 CEOs and in his farewell column he summarizes what he learned about these leaders. This article is longer than what is usually offered in this space, but Mr. Bryant does a nice job of extracting… [Continue Reading]