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As CEO’s, executives and business owners you are responsible for the direction of your entire organization. The content in the Business Leadership category is intended to help you be a better leader, who makes better decisions, and achieves better results.

5 signs your business needs to change course

5 signs your business needs to change course

Long before a hurricane strikes, meteorologists can detect changes in deep-sea temperatures that indicate when and where a storm might hit. Similarly, executives can forecast Read More

Sometimes big success has its roots in small business [Podcast]

Sometimes big success has its roots in small business [Podcast]

 

Many successful CEOs have their roots in small businesses. Who better to advise entrepreneurs through the challenges and rewards of small business-hood than a Read More

CEO confidence at three-year low amid expectations of revenue growth

CEO confidence at three-year low amid expectations of revenue growth

 

Vistage CEO optimism levels have dipped to a three-year low, according to the Vistage CEO Confidence Index for Q1 2016. But while the survey Read More

From peer advantage to agility advantage

From peer advantage to agility advantage

Yesterday I chaired a “SWAT-Team” meeting for one of my Vistage/TEC CEO members and his management team.

Three members of his Vistage/TEC CEO Group (which Read More

Antarctic Mike: What business leaders can learn from polar explorers

Antarctic Mike: What business leaders can learn from polar explorers

To Mike Pierce, or “Antarctic Mike,” the story of Ernest Shackleton and his 1914 expedition across Antarctic is not just an extraordinary tale Read More

Brewery CEO: How to build a winning business

Brewery CEO: How to build a winning business

In 1990, four years after opening its doors, Boston’s Harpoon Brewery celebrated its first Harpoon Oktoberfest, despite early growing pains and uncertainty about the brewery’s Read More

How to become a ‘centered’ leader

How to become a ‘centered’ leader

In 2004, by all respects, Joanna Barsh had it all: a senior role at McKinsey & Company, a stylish apartment in New York, two beautiful Read More

Study: more women, higher profits

Study: more women, higher profits

There’s new research to support what many of us have long believed: In the corporate world, women and profits are closely linked. Read More

4 steps to empowering and overseeing your executive management team

4 steps to empowering and overseeing your executive management team

 

Many CEOs struggle with managing their executive teams, erring on one or the other side of this scale:

 

On the extreme left is Read More

6 questions to guide staff meetings

6 questions to guide staff meetings


As the CEOs with whom I work focus in on our 2016 plans, we start with our time management goals – how to use time Read More

“Heartbreak” in the NFL: Tough lessons in leadership

“Heartbreak” in the NFL: Tough lessons in leadership

Even if you did not witness the recent 2015 AFC Wild Card game, or care a thing about it, chances are you still caught wind Read More

Ready for a year of growth & new adventures

Ready for a year of growth & new adventures


It’s the first full week of 2016, and like many of you, I have great expectations for the year ahead.

According to the latest results Read More

Benjamin Mathes: Embracing the Artistry and Creativity of Business

Benjamin Mathes: Embracing the Artistry and Creativity of Business

Lights! Camera! Action!

Benjamin Mathes has a background that doesn’t read like a typical Vistage member, but as Read More

5 effective tips to make employee training stick

5 effective tips to make employee training stick

Lately, it’s seemed fashionable for a lot of sales trainers to write articles about “why sales training doesn’t work,” which of course allows them to Read More

5 steps to make the workplace culture a celebration

5 steps to make the workplace culture a celebration

Recognize and reward good efforts.

Great leaders identify, measure, recognize, and reward meaningful efforts and achievements—and celebrate often with the people involved. Why should managers Read More

How a fashion industry CEO survived the toughest times

How a fashion industry CEO survived the toughest times

Asking for help when it’s needed is such simple logic. But saying those three little words, “I need help,” out loud can sometimes feel so Read More

Proven methods to help keep employees engaged

Proven methods to help keep employees engaged

It’s estimated that 70% of the US workforce is disengaged today: do you know if your employees fall into that category? Are you tracking and Read More

Questioning your answers

Questioning your answers

As a CEO, sometimes I think I need to have all of the answers. But I’ve also learned (partly through the advice of my fellow Read More

What makes a successful CEO?

What makes a successful CEO?

Many of us can easily rattle off qualities or traits of an unsuccessful CEO. That said, what is it about a great CEO that separates Read More

The bad emotions that can derail our decision making

The bad emotions that can derail our decision making

How do you react when you are angry or scared? Do you take that anger and fear to work with you? Are you in control Read More

How to build more meaningful relationships with your people

How to build more meaningful relationships with your people

How are you impacting your employees?

In the WSJ November Wall Street Journal/Vistage Small Business CEO survey, we asked our members how they communicate Read More

2 Questions for Revealing Your Leadership Blind Spots

2 Questions for Revealing Your Leadership Blind Spots

When we hear the word “blind spot,” many people conjure up an image of driving down the highway unable to see the car tucked just Read More

An opportunity to be grateful

An opportunity to be grateful

When it comes to keeping your employees engaged and happy, how do you really move the needle?

Some may say an increase in pay, a Read More

Cautiously Optimistic, But Still Moving Forward with Hiring Plans

Cautiously Optimistic, But Still Moving Forward with Hiring Plans

The Q2 Vistage CEO Confidence Index and June WSJ/Vistage Small Business CEO Survey results are in, with cautious optimism the prevailing theme among each set Read More

Managing from the Inside Out

Managing from the Inside Out

It is pretty easy for companies to be consumed by what is happening in the outside world. As professional strategic planning facilitators, we preach the Read More