Be the Business Leader,
You Want to Be!
Owning your own business should be liberating!
If you feel like your business is running you,
you are not alone.
Even when business is good it can be overwhelming, and when it is bad it is hard to know where to go. The economy is unpredictable, people are frustrating, and cash flow management is always a challenge. Learn how to operate in “the zone” – where you do well without doing more. In the zone, everything flows. Challenges are invigorating instead of overwhelming. Pressure transforms in to flow, and you feel unconstrained by time and resources. Learn how to do well without doing more.
Owning a business can be fun again.
Top athletes overcome many challenges to stay at the top of their game and in the zone. How? Have coaches to help with every facet of their performance. Consistent practice combined with constructive feedback and education from coaches and teammates ensures continuous improvement.
So be like a world class athlete and get a business coach to help you?
Don’t do it alone, it doesn’t have to be this hard!
1 to 1 Coaching
When you’re ready to…
- Make better business decisions
- Grow faster and smarter
- Learn “real” productivity
Collaborative Peer Groups
Marc’s groups are designed for top business leaders who shoulder the weight of their company’s most important decisions. Find out how an executive peer group can make you a more effective leader.
The Value Builder System™ is a systematic approach for helping improve the value of your business inspired by the book Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You. After analyzing more than 40,000 businesses, we discovered those companies with a Value Builder Score of 80 or more received offers that are 71% higher than the average business.
“The ROI on my Vistage investment has been significant. I greatly value the ongoing business learnings, speaker content and group camaraderie. But where I’ve benefitted the most financially is the result of the deep knowledge and broad networks of my Vistage Chair and fellow members. In two instances, I was facing an unanticipated crisis (an internet hack and a legal challenge) and the connections through my group saved me from significant losses of money and time. Without my Vistage network, I would have been Googling to find support providers. Instead, I had the benefit of pre-vetted professional support within a 24 hour timeframe in situations where a quick response was essential.”
How does your company hire? I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the surprisingly ugly hiring processes in my career. From the HR email mix-ups to the interviewer watching the World Series while I responded to his questions, I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about an organization simply by examining the hiring experience. Are you chasing away the kind of people you need at your company?
What is it, exactly, that great leaders do? There are plenty of overused adages about “leadership” in business. It’s worth examining the tropes around leadership, plus the traits of the leaders who actually leave a mark. Great leaders are forged through adversity, and they leave a legacy. What does that look like in your organization?
The most clear-cut result of this election has been that we are divided as a country. I’m not going to discuss the why’s of either side. However, it’s urgent to talk about how to lead an organization full of people whose worldviews look completely different. As a leader, you have to get all these people to pull together, support each other, and achieve more as a team than they can individually. There are two fundamental ways to lead: Divide people, or Unite people.
When I first arrived in the United States, I couldn’t stop staring: why have Americans hung electrical wires from poles along the road, instead of burying them underground like other countries? The history of our infrastructure is actually fascinating. Everything from American waterways to why the U.S. is falling behind with electric cars can be traced back to infrastructure. Investments in infrastructure ripple across the economy, domestically and globally.
“I’m so tired.” This is our common refrain right now, from CEOs to across the work spectrum. Why is everyone tired? Three things in particular: Zoom fatigue, long hours, and our COVID environment. Fatigue is, unfortunately, our default operating mode right now. The sooner we name the mental drain, the sooner we can address it. How do you combat it, in your life and in your organization?
What do you have in common with a professional athlete? If you’re an effective business leader, there’s actually quite a bit of overlap. Training, coaching, and competitive intelligence determine who is successful both in sports and in industry. From skills development to the role of a coach, business leaders have lessons to learn from athletes.
COVID is an accelerant. Whatever were the major trends were in your industry at the end of 2019, take them forward ten years, and that is where the industry is now! As we look toward 2021: where are you and where should you be?
I didn’t watch the VP debate (honestly, I am on a diet forbidding alcohol, so it was not an option). However, the ensuing coverage has me thinking about the reality of sexism in the US.
COVID is changing business behavior forever. CEOs are changing leadership styles, companies are more inwardly focused, and many companies are pivoting to stay afloat. Huge changes are taking place in time scales that previously were unthinkable. However, this work is coming at a cost to employees. There is a huge disconnect between management and employees on how the company is dealing with them. That needs to be addressed.
COVID is causing women to leave the workforce at four times the rate of men. This trend has negative consequences for women, businesses, the economy, and the country. Prior to COVID, women accounted for just over 50% of the workforce, but that number has fallen. Fallen employment opportunities and salaries will discourage women from rejoining or entering the workforce. However, they now account for the majority of our undergraduates, law school and medical school graduates. Thus we could lose our best and brightest. We need adjust