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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.

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

From IQ to EQ to We-Q: Are Your Teams Prepared to Innovate?

From IQ to EQ to We-Q: Are Your Teams Prepared to Innovate?

There has been much debate about the nature of intelligence and how different strengths in one or another confer skills that have significant applications in Read More

From the Battlefield to the Boardroom:  3 Communication Tactics for Your Team

From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: 3 Communication Tactics for Your Team

Every day I work with some of the top business owners, CEOs and executives in the Minneapolis-area. They demand the highest of standards. So when Read More

Daring to Dream…

Daring to Dream…

Daydreaming isn’t something that is normally encouraged in the workplace. But it can be powerful and frankly, a lot of fun, as I discovered last Read More

Learning Realized: Staying Ahead of the Latest Learning and Development Trends

Learning Realized: Staying Ahead of the Latest Learning and Development Trends

A few weeks ago, in Crossing the Street in 2015, I talked about the shrinking workforce, the need to fill skilled positions with the Read More

How To Know If You Have the Right Leaders?

How To Know If You Have the Right Leaders?

Ebola Showed One Company a $7 Solution

I was in the airport at Newark, about to take an airplane to California. A traveler next to Read More

Peer Diversity is Not an Oxymoron

Peer Diversity is Not an Oxymoron

To explain this, it may be worth taking a few moments to define the term peer. The dictionary.com definitions are as follows: 1) a Read More

Conversational Intelligence at Work

Conversational Intelligence at Work

What if you could create an organization where change and transformation were exhilarating and natural? Where people were devoted, engaged, and accountable to act as Read More

Even CEOs can change!

Even CEOs can change!

Dear Geese,

In last week’s blog (360-evaluation gone bad!), you showed what NOT to do around the feedback process. If I may, I’d Read More

Five Questions Every Strategic Leader Needs to Answer

Five Questions Every Strategic Leader Needs to Answer

As leaders we wake up every morning and wonder if we are making a difference.  The truth is, for many of us, we are not. Read More