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.

Formula for Thriving: People over Profit

Formula for Thriving: People over Profit

I’m pleased to share some insights from our Vistage Executive Summit featured speaker Dale Partridge.  I think Dale’s approach to integrating social responsibility – passion Read More

The Future of Business: A Customer Experience Imperative

The Future of Business: A Customer Experience Imperative

Fridays with Vistage is a webinar series on relevant, timely and actionable business topics to help you generate results in your business. The summary below Read More

How Multitasking Is Literally Lowering Your IQ

How Multitasking Is Literally Lowering Your IQ

When it comes to computers and electronic devices, effective multitasking is a must. The more memory a device has the better it can multitask and Read More

The Secrets to Grit and Resilience

The Secrets to Grit and Resilience

Last month, I was struck by a piece written by Eric Barker titled: A Navy Seal Explains 8 Secrets to Grit and ResilienceRead More

From Selling Products to Solving Problems: Scott Jewett of Element-Y Engineering

From Selling Products to Solving Problems: Scott Jewett of Element-Y Engineering

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

Growth Opportunities? Operationalize Your Demand Chain

Growth Opportunities? Operationalize Your Demand Chain

Efficiency Only Goes So Far

The last twenty years of American business have been focused on integrating and perfecting operational efficiencies through the perfection and Read More

Why a Willingness to Take Risks Is Good For Business

Why a Willingness to Take Risks Is Good For Business

A few weeks ago, I reported that results of the WSJ/ Small Business CEO Survey conveyed a level of CEO optimism in the overall economy Read More

Are You Capitalizing on Disruptive Opportunities?

Are You Capitalizing on Disruptive Opportunities?

Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler followed up their book, Abundance, with an exciting book on trends that are affecting our lives and business, called Read More

Why Thinking Stupid is a Smart Strategy

Why Thinking Stupid is a Smart Strategy

Ok, we know what you’re thinking: “It doesn’t sound like a smart strategy!” But stay with us and we’ll explain how thinking stupid can transform Read More

No Strategic Plan Survives its Collision with Reality

No Strategic Plan Survives its Collision with Reality

As a strategic planning practitioner I have heard every conceivable rationalization about why strategic planning is a bad idea. It takes too long; the world Read More

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