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The Benefits of Belonging to a CEO Group - Entrepreneur

The Benefits of Belonging to a CEO Group - Entrepreneur | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
The Benefits of Belonging to a CEO Group Entrepreneur Brian Davis, who chairs three CEO groups for San Diego-based Vistage, the nation's largest facilitator of such groups, says members must be willing to divulge their company's biggest challenges...
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Vistage Arizona - That delegation thing.... it never comes... | Facebook

Vistage Arizona - That delegation thing.... it never comes... | Facebook | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
That delegation thing.... it never comes up in Vistage meetings! (That delegation thing.... it never comes up in Vistage meetings!
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The Ideal Job for Former CEOs Video: Coaching CEOs as a Vistage Chair

http://www.vistage.com/chair-practice/chair-practice.aspx Chairs for Vistage, the world's leading chief executive organization, impact the lives of many. Sea...
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After 27 years of Vistage Chairing there is nothing quite as rewarding as helping those CEOs help their companies grow and support their employees in their growth and development personally and professionally.
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How Do CEO Peer Advisory Groups Impact You as a Leader?

Vistage Member Nanci Porter explains how her leadership style has changed for the better in the eyes of her employees after attending her Vistage Group meeti... (How Could #CEO Private Advisory Groups Impact You as a #Leader?
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B Team

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Our mission is to deliver a Plan B that puts people and planet alongside profit
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Seth's Blog

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Seth Godin's riffs on marketing, respect, and the ways ideas spread.

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Shared from Mark Taylor's Tribal Leadership Because Culture Matters.

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, June 10, 2013 7:51 AM

Why is it so hard for organizations to understand what Tony did with customer service at Zappo's? Instead of measuring the call center on calls answered per minute, he insisted that the operators be trained and rewarded to take their time and actually be human, to connect and make a difference instead of merely processing the incoming.

 

People hear this, see the billion dollars in goodwill that was created, nod their heads and then go back to running an efficient call center. Why?

 

Alignment to the mission, to the culture, to what we do around here--this is critical, because in changing times, we can't rely on a static hierarchy to manage people. We have to lead them instead, we have to put decision making power as 'low' (not a good word, but it's left over from the industrial model) in the organization as possible.

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Bohms original dialogue

Bohms Original DialogueA methodology of dialogue and analysis that is based on civility, dissection of meaning of the words of the question leading the dialogue,...

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Pixabay - Public Domain Images

Pixabay - Public Domain Images | All things Vistage | Scoop.it

Find free quality public domain pictures 


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Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, May 4, 2013 8:54 PM

Awesome place for free photos to use for your articles! 

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TEC Florida: Stories are an important part of Red Scott’s Leadership

TEC Florida: Stories are an important part of Red Scott’s Leadership | All things Vistage | Scoop.it

A Leader, A Blue Vaser, A Storyteller Extraordinaire. This was written almost 5 years ago to honor Red Scott who touched my life and the life of so many.










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ozziegontang's curator insight, April 11, 2013 1:31 PM

A dear friend, teacher, mentor, and leader has died. Red Scott's legacy will live on for many generations to come.


Red, like Pat Hyndman, gave all though their lives and will continue to give for many generations by the legacy they have left behind. Red was the consumate: green and growing.  Always learning. Always having a story to put it in a way that would get the point across and yet having Texas humor.


His message to us came in December:


Sent: 12/6/2012 2:04:10 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: <no subject>

 

Dear Family and Friends:

To quote the great Dandy Don Meredith:

"Turn out the lights - - the party is over."  Oh and, I have also been
advised to not buy any more green bananas.

As most of you know I was diagnosed with aggressive Prostate Cancer almost 8 years ago. Kathy and I vowed then that we would try to live a normal life and squeeze out ever ounce of "living" - - for what ever time was left. Boy oh boy what a wonderful ride we have had !  Thanks in no small part to a great team of doctors who are knowledgeable, caring and loving !

My Maternal Grandmother (Eliza Jane Patton) used to say to me as a little boy:  "He with 1000 friends has not one to spare!"  Eliza, I don't know if I ever hit the 1000 mark - - but I came pretty durn close...

I apologize to the many, many of you who have called or wanted to stop by. We turned you away simply to try to preserve what little strength I had left.  I hope you understand.

Worry not about me now. I am looking forward to the greatest reward of all - - to go be with my Lord & Savior - - Jesus Christ.

Red Scott




Red's Cardinals  http://bit.ly/14eR0Mv



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What’s More Challenging: Creating Diversity or Integrating it Successfully? | Executive Street

What’s More Challenging: Creating Diversity or Integrating it Successfully? | Executive Street | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
When an existing organizational culture is asked to accept an outsider, the challenge becomes how to create value through successfully integrating and maximizing the talents of this diverse group.
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An Extraordinary Legacy: Vistage Member Stopher Bartol

Vistage Member Leadership Award winner Stopher Bartol launched Legacy.com in 1998 to permanently memorialize the lives of "ordinary" people who touch our liv...
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7 Ways to Write Damn Bad Copy & Stories

7 Ways to Write Damn Bad Copy & Stories | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
It's obvious that creativity is an essential part of being a remarkable writer. But when a results-oriented writer says "creative" and an image-oriented

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Matt McGuire's curator insight, April 10, 2013 11:38 AM

With a headline like that, this article makes nervous reading for professional copywriters and marketeers everywhere...

 

Can you make it all the way to the end without wailing, 'Oh, drat - I'm guilty of that one!'

Karen Dietz's comment, April 11, 2013 11:06 AM
LOL Matt! I had the same experience :)
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Yup, everyone slips into bad habits at some point . . .
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How to Use SlideShare to Get More Leads for Your Business | Executive Street

How to Use SlideShare to Get More Leads for Your Business | Executive Street | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
Since social media is clearly here to stay, today we’ll be discussing the new guy on the block, SlideShare, and why adding it to your current social media portfolio helps generate even more social media leads for your business...
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Succession Management: A Model that Helps Recruit and Retain High Performers - Executive Street

Succession Management: A Model that Helps Recruit and Retain High Performers - Executive Street | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
Succession management is a forward-thinking process whereby all the succession planning efforts are administered and measured while allowing for adjustments that ensure ongoing alignment with achieving strategic outcomes. When a leader wants to fortify her human capital management initiatives and develop high performers who will ensure goal achievement, she develops a succession plan and then executes and manages this plan for success! - See more at: http://blog.vistage.com/business-strategy-and-management/succession-management-a-model-that-helps-recruit-and-retain-high-performers/#sthash.kYOSiV40.dpuf
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Failure is Your Friend?!

Failure is Your Friend?! | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
With the best intentions, I made a whopper of a bad decision a couple of weeks ago. It affected others, and almost immediately they began to express their intense disagreement and feelings about it...
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Like many things on the odyssey to success, failure is just a lesson to be learned. It is on this road that I learn to become competent and capable of dealing with whatever faces us.
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What Drives Great CEO Leaders? Vistage helps CEOs with BP Oil Spill Clean up & Lab Testing Kits

http://www.vistage.com/ Vistage helps CEOs become better leaders, make better decisions and achieve better results. In this video, Vistage member and CEO of ... (What Drives Great CEOs?
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Tony Lewis Vistage Chair and friend shares the impact made by one of his members.
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How to Stop Micromanaging

How to Stop Micromanaging | All things Vistage | Scoop.it

But there is a way to stop micromanaging in it’s tracks. It’s called delegating!

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ozziegontang's curator insight, June 29, 2013 1:56 PM

You might want to check out @SusanScott and her Delegation/Decision Tree metaphor in Fierce Conversations. Excellent visualization of managing the delegation process by monitoring the decisions until the trust is established of the delegatee's decisions have been verified to be in alignment.



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Class of 2013: Find Your Spiritual Harness

Class of 2013: Find Your Spiritual Harness | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
In my first rock-climbing lesson, I got stuck. I could see a ledge next to my right knee, but nothing for my hands to hold. I cried for help. My instructor directed me to the ledge.“Thanks for

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The quote of John Wooden says it: 


“True success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”



Lee Thayer in his thought provoking and thought challenging book: Leadership: Thinking Being Doing shared:


"In all the world, there is no human e xperience that can compare to the exercise of the deeply-developed competencies required for the pursuit of a great and worthy achievement"


In the final paragraphs of the book he adds:


if you succeed, be humble. Others comspired with you to make it happen. You were blessed.


If you did not succeed, go backa nd fix the only things over which you have control: how you think, who you are, and how you do what you do. And make all of the tools required an integral part of who you are.

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:58 AM

This is beautiful. Every leader should read it. Fred is talking about what we call in Tribal Leadership, core values. Most of us don't choose power, wealth, youth, beauty, pleasure, or fame, These are outcomes; qualities such as love, justice, discipline, vision, kindness, compassion, commitment, and courage are choices. The first ones depend on external circumstances; the second ones depend on you. We can design our lives to be the people we want  and to make the difference in the world.

Rich Maxwell's curator insight, May 23, 2013 8:43 AM

Dave Logan, co-author of Tribal Leadership, speaks of crucible moments when very difficult circumstances call forth our greatness and, in many ways, our true selves.  Great leaders have these crucible moments (indeed we all do) and the author of this article identifies several of them while also presenting questions for you to answer as you seek out your special gifts, your greatness.  It is from this knowledge and utilization of our special gifts, when woven together with those of our colleagues, that great work cultures evolve.

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Find the Heart of Your Brand Storytelling with These 6 Questions

Find the Heart of Your Brand Storytelling with These 6 Questions | All things Vistage | Scoop.it

"What’s the first thing you do when meeting someone new? You ask them questions to unveil their story: Where are you from? What kind of work do you do? Do you have children? Do you come here often? Questioning a stranger is more than a polite way to pass time — it’s the core of trying to connect.


Stories make life interesting and give people a way to connect. People crave them, which creates a big opportunity for brand storytelling."


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I would suggest that you subscribe to Karen" Just Story It.  Just some great material she finds and shares along with her insights.  To me she's a friend and a gift when it comes to storytelling.

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Karen Dietz's comment, June 24, 2013 2:48 PM
Many thanks for the shout-out Ozzie!
Karen Dietz's comment, June 24, 2013 2:49 PM
Andrea, welcome to my curation. I hope you find lots of good material here. Keep on telling your wonderful stories -- they are a precious gift!
Andrea Norwood's comment, June 24, 2013 3:52 PM
Thank you Karen!
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Why Stories: 90% of Orgs Use Content in Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why Stories: 90% of Orgs Use Content in Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC] | All things Vistage | Scoop.it

Did you know that 90% of all organizations use content in their marketing efforts?

Although the phrase "content marketing" is something of a buzzword amongst today's promotional teams, the reality is that this inbound marketing practice is both remarkably widespread and effective. To learn more about what content marketing is, how it can benefit your organization and how to get started using this technique to promote your company, check out the following infographic from Demand Metric "A Guide to Marketing Genius: Content Marketing".

 

Source: http://www.demandmetric.com/content/content-marketing-infographic

 


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Steven Mallach's curator insight, May 15, 2013 5:29 AM

This is one of the most powerful infographics that I have seen that makes the case for content. Scroll down to find out more about the power of well written articles.

 

This is an open secret that quality online and even print publications have known for many years - that classical advertising only works up to a point. Most consumers have reached a mental staturation level when it comes to print advertising.

 

Articles and well crafted, key message rich (not just SEO) content is capable of engaging the reader and building interest and brand loyalty, as well as promoting a call to action where appropriate.

 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Perhaps, but combine an interesting infographic or other type of image with captivating copy and you have a powerful instrument of engagement (and the distinct possibility of sharing across the social media landscape).

 

Nuff said.

 

 

Randy Bauer's curator insight, May 15, 2013 4:07 PM

I am sponging on the learning process of content marketing. While I should be hiring somebody to do this for me, I believe that I must understand what impacts the content of my clients, and potential clients.

Infographics are a great outline, and this one provides much content.

Kris DaCosta-Jamaica Tourist Board's curator insight, May 17, 2013 11:43 AM

90% of organizations use #Content Marketing....its not the future.

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Vistage ROI: Is It Worth My Time? : Informal Cowboy

Vistage ROI: Is It Worth My Time? : Informal Cowboy | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
Whenever I meet with a prospective client about becoming a Vistage member, one of the first things the person wants to know more about is how much time is involved. Believe it or not, questions about time come up much ...
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It is all about time. And how one uses it. We all have the same amount of time. This is where imagination, creativity, and innovation and thinking become the differentiator.
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Leadership lessons can be learned from 'Game of ... - Vistage UK Blog

Fresh ideas. Unbiased advice. Proven Results. Ask any Vistage member and they will tell you. Join a Vistage Group and you will become a better leader. You will be more successful and you will enjoy life more - at work and home.
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CEO Optimism Grows, According to Vistage Survey - San Diego Business Journal

CEO Optimism Grows, According to Vistage Survey San Diego Business Journal CEOs are growing more optimistic as the economy continues to improve, according to a new report from Vistage International Inc., a San Diego-based national CEO peer advisory...
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BUSINESSMAN PRAISED AS ADEPT MENTOR WHO WAS ALWAYS LEARNING - U-T San Diego

BUSINESSMAN PRAISED AS ADEPT MENTOR WHO WAS ALWAYS LEARNING - U-T San Diego | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
BUSINESSMAN PRAISED AS ADEPT MENTOR WHO WAS ALWAYS LEARNING U-T San Diego After 25 years as the founder and CEO of San Diego-based PHd Corp., a vehicle and equipment leasing business, he took over as CEO of The Executive Committee (now known as...
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