Business Strategy and Management Archives - Vistage Executive Street Blog

There are times to work in your business and there are times to work on your business. The Business Strategy and Management category hosts content dedicated to the time executives spend planning for the future.

What Does CEO Optimism Really Tell Us?

What Does CEO Optimism Really Tell Us?

After about 10 years of analyzing data from our Vistage CEO Confidence Index (a quarterly survey of our Vistage CEO members), University of Michigan’s Dr. Read More

PTO Policies: How Yours Has a Massive Effect on Employee Sentiment

PTO Policies: How Yours Has a Massive Effect on Employee Sentiment

Did you know that according to BrandonGaille.com, “Over 10 million Americans right now average more than 60 hours of work per week”? It’s Read More

Funding, Talent & Economy Top Priorities for CEOs in 2015

Funding, Talent & Economy Top Priorities for CEOs in 2015

Funding, talent, and economic issues top the list of biggest priorities for middle market CEOs in 2015.

These issues came into focus on Axial’s Middle Read More

Are you thinking like a Futurist?

Are you thinking like a Futurist?

I have recently become acquainted with Sheryl Connelly and her work at Ford Motor Company as a corporate futurist. Sheryl tracks global consumer trends for Read More

Closing the Generation Gap is Smart Business

Closing the Generation Gap is Smart Business

To get the most out of employees, business leaders are looking for new ideas and approaches to foster innovation. One of those ways is through Read More

Cultivating a Comeback: Pat Dahlson of Mayesh Wholesale Florist

Cultivating a Comeback: Pat Dahlson of Mayesh Wholesale Florist

Editor’s note: In our new Voice of Small Business series, we highlight a handful of the more than 19,000 business leaders that represent the best Read More

How Identity Affects Consumer Decisions

How Identity Affects Consumer Decisions

In the fast-paced, information saturated culture we live in, it’s often more difficult than ever to pinpoint what will make your customers buy from you. Read More

How to Deliver Sustainable Value

How to Deliver Sustainable Value

Those of us who run entrepreneurial companies suffer from a common affliction. We go to bed at night thankful for the abundance and flexibility that Read More

Secrets of a Top Gen Y Employer: Sandy Marsico of Sandstorm Design

Secrets of a Top Gen Y Employer: Sandy Marsico of Sandstorm Design

Vistage member Sandy Marsico started her company Sandstorm Design at age 24 with six employees. It’s now Chicago’s Read More

An Inside Look at Cuba: Potential for Emerging Businesses

An Inside Look at Cuba: Potential for Emerging Businesses

As U.S. relations open up with Cuba, more and more Vistage members and Chairs will be exposed to developments there and may see potential business Read More

Growth Gears: A Process Not a Cool Tool

Growth Gears: A Process Not a Cool Tool

We are all bombarded with messages about cool marketing tools that everyone needs to be using. They point to company X that did Y and Read More

20/20 Vision by 2020: How to Establish Your Five-Year Plan

20/20 Vision by 2020: How to Establish Your Five-Year Plan

Life coaches and motivational speakers often use the ‘rocks and sand’ illustration to emphasize the need for prioritization.

In the illustration, you take an empty Read More

Start Thinking About Your Exit – Now!

Start Thinking About Your Exit – Now!

To maximize the ROI on all the hard work you invest in your company, start thinking about your exit now and not a few months Read More

What You Can Learn from Sony’s Mistakes

What You Can Learn from Sony’s Mistakes

“I’m not the last person this is going to happen to.”

– Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment

Think about that nightmare that could Read More

How to Choose the Right Business Software for Your Company

How to Choose the Right Business Software for Your Company

As the CEO of a software company, I’m keenly aware that having the right business software for your company is absolutely critical in today’s economy. Read More

Man vs. Machine and the Retraining of America

Man vs. Machine and the Retraining of America

For some time, I have thought that amongst our country’s biggest problems, is that we have not retrained and retooled. Throughout the heartland, there are Read More

Align with Your Customers: They are Watching You

Align with Your Customers: They are Watching You

They are watching what you do, & there is NO in-between!  Who wants to admit they are “Herb” from WKRP in Cincinnati or “Willie Loman” Read More

Stop Your Clients From Jumping Ship

Stop Your Clients From Jumping Ship

You didn’t see it coming. You thought everything was going so well. You’d had a good relationship for a few years before the news came Read More

Getting and Staying Ahead in Business

Getting and Staying Ahead in Business

What does it take to get ahead and stay ahead in business? Rich Kalgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, entrepreneur and investor, tackles that question in Read More

Language Matters

Language Matters

What you say is what they hear and is what you get. So the revenue language you and your team use matters. It matters to Read More

Black Friday: It’s Giving me a Headache

Black Friday: It’s Giving me a Headache

Every year around this time, I write about my pain, suffering and despair.  I am a strategist, and it is my job to help companies Read More

Getting Results Using the Four Disciplines of Execution from Franklin Covey

Getting Results Using the Four Disciplines of Execution from Franklin Covey

Getting employees and teams to do the right things at the right times—the wildly important projects, tasks and initiatives that ultimately matter most to your Read More

Scarcity or Abundance – What’s Your Perspective?

Scarcity or Abundance – What’s Your Perspective?

You’ve probably heard this classic story already. Two shoe salesmen were sent to Africa to see if there was a market for their product. The Read More

Why Isn’t My Strategy Working? It’s Broken That’s Why.

Why Isn’t My Strategy Working? It’s Broken That’s Why.

Who goes to market with a bad revenue strategy?

No one!  Everyone believes they have a winning strategy for the market.

No matter how you Read More

Rhythm: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth

Rhythm: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth

Growth-oriented companies wrestle with an overwhelming amount of activities and risk, because it’s impossible to know with 100% confidence what to focus on every week. Read More