This is where “What to do?” becomes “What to do!”
The Vistage Model
Vistage connects the most successful CEOs of small and midsize businesses. Members gather to share expertise, challenge one another to think critically and arrive at better decisions. With Marc’s expert guidance, his Vistage groups provide a no-nonsense environment where members “get real” about what it takes to grow and prosper in business and in life.
- Vistage member companies grow 2.2x faster than average small and medium-sized U.S. businesses, According to a 2017 analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data
- Top executives stay with Vistage for more than 5 years on average
- More than 23,000 business leaders worldwide rely on Vistage today
“Their wisdom gave me the courage and confidence I needed to make the changes that I knew needed to be made.”
Imagine having a confidential, private advisory board to troubleshoot problems, vet ideas and identify blind spots. Marc’s Vistage peer groups are composed of 12-16 non-competitive CEOs, business owners and key leaders.
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Do you lead an organization with revenues from $2MM to $60MM and want to succeed? Join Marc’s diverse CEO Vistage group.
- It meets monthly for a full-day group session;
- The group hosts up to eight world-class speakers every year;
- Members receive one-to-one coaching from Marc during the month;
- You have access to 17k+ other CEOs through the Vistage online community, and amazing content; and
- Receive unbiased feedback from fellow members who will help you, if you help them.
The Vistage Key Leader group is for executives and senior managers who report directly to the C-suite — in particular, those who are key to the organization’s success plan. Key Leaders meet monthly for full-day meetings and host eight expert speakers per year. With Marc’s guidance, members focus on executive development and business problem solving. Members work in accountability triads. Many of these members go on to become CEOs. Learn more…
“It’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time.” — Clayton Christiansen. I have often written about the importance of a company’s Core Values. That’s because no matter what words you may have chosen as values, your organization’s Core Values are on display in how leadership and employees actually behave. As I’ve said before, how you have acted in the last twelve months will define your career for the next decade. Your character, and your company’s character, matters.
The holidays have been even quieter than normal, which has given me plenty of time to reflect on my New Year’s resolutions. Looking at 2021, I decided to use a completely new approach to lay out my goals. The result of my new approach? A highly-detailed, accountable, actually achievable plan for the next year (I think). Wondering what this process looks like?
What do your employees, peers, and leadership team think of the COVID-19 vaccine? Will you require the vaccine, or will you let employees make individual decisions? As a leader, you need to steer the discussion about vaccines in your organization with your Core Values in mind. No matter what strategy your organization takes, the most important factor is going to be how you communicate your decision.
Can you answer “Why does your organization exist? What are your core values?” Great. Now, would your latest entry-level employee give a similar answer? How about someone who has been at your company for a year? Your core values give your organization a guiding mission. Many organizations pay this idea lip service, but their true commitment to their core values was tested this year. As we close out 2020, there’s no better time to examine how your organization is approaching your core values.
Companies don’t go bankrupt because they lose money; rather, they run out of cash. Where are we, heading into 2021? First, you can expect your cash to get tighter as we weather the current economic slowdown. Then, with a vaccine on the horizon, you will need to be positioned for growth. If you don’t have the cash you need, have you looked at how you can generate the cash internally? More on how to improve your cash conversion cycle…
In his work as Zappos CEO and elsewhere, Tony Hsieh believed, and proved, that culture is the most important thing in an organization. According to Hsieh, if you get the culture right, the rest will take of itself. How did Zappos do it? You can take a look at everything from the company’s interview questions, to “The Offer” to leave a position as a new hire. Hsieh believed that a company’s brand is just a reflection of the culture, and his legacy is felt across so many industries.
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.