Mark W. Smith of the Law Firm Smith Valliere PLLC Joins Vistage NYC CEO Group

Mark W. Smith, Founding Partner of the New York City-based law firm Smith Valliere PLLC and a nationally recognized trial attorney and New York Times bestselling author of four books on law, politics and economics, has become a CEO member of Vistage International, the world’s leading organization for Chief Executive Officers. Smith said that “it… Read more

Negotiation Expert Jack Kaine to Speak at Vistage NYC

Vistage Speaker Jack Kaine

Most people don’t negotiate—they fight. And when people fight, everyone loses. On Thursday, March 3, Master Negotiator and Vistage Speaker Jack Kaine is speaking to our Vistage Key Group. Click Here to see a short video preview of his talk. Negotiating is nothing more than gaining the favor of people from whom you want things… Read more

Group Dynamics: The Inside Story on Teams & Leading Them

[youtube=] Many of us hate conflict, but what if the source of most of our problems was not conflict, but agreement? Author and Professor Jerry Harvey contends, “The inability to cope with (manage) agreement, rather than the inability to cope with (manage) conflict, is the single most pressing issue of modern organizations.” He finds that… Read more

Leadership Must Read Books for CEOs

                  I just finished reading and highly recommend that all CEOs read the book, Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change, by Bill Joiner and Stephen Josephs.  The book is a result of an extensive multi-decade study of 600 leaders. The authors found… Read more

Are You Processing Vistage Issues with Integrity?

I can’t stop thinking about the presentation Vistage speaker, Reggie Marra, gave to my group recently. He talked about integral theory and the importance of looking at everything from different perspectives. Many of us have a core value of integrity, which means” the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished.” ( Integral comes from the… Read more

What Drives Great CEO Leaders?

[youtube=] In this video, we celebrate the courage, determination, compassion, of several Vistage CEOs who make a difference in the world: Keith Whittemore, president of  Kvichak Marine Industries, helps clean up the BP Oil Spill in a commitment to make a difference in the gulf. Ken Sigman, CEO of Health & Benefits Systems,  talks about core values and… Read more

Vistage CEOs & Chairs Learn to Get Naked in San Diego

At the Vistage National CEO Conference, author Patrick Lencioni taught us how to get naked and shed our fears that sabotage client loyalty. Lencioni is the author of Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty (J-B Lencioni Series) At its core,  getting naked boils down to the ability… Read more

Top Tips for a Better Way to Lead

My friend Tony Schwartz who is the author of the book, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance, offers these tips for a better way to lead: When you start to feel angry or anxious, take a deep breath, in to a count of 3, out to a… Read more

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