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June 15

Attracting, Hiring, Managing, and Motivating “Gen-Y” Employees: Fact or Fiction

In my Vistage Peer Group Meetings in June 2016 in Salt Lake City, UT, we invited a talented speaker, Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky (http://drgustavo.com/), to speak to us about generational differences of employees, with particular respect to understanding Y-generation. From my notes, here are some take-aways that I thought might provide a helpful launch point for.

June 2

What are the least stressful businesses to run

Recently the question was posted on Quora.com, “What are the least stressful businesses to run.” Here was my reply. Any business will be stressful until you get the business and operations fly wheel spinning and a great management team in place. Once your business is operational and cash-flowing, based on your prior choices, your level.

May 31

If My Company is Struggling; Should I Replace Myself as CEO?

From Quora.com, comes this question that I answered this morning on if a company is struggling, should a CEO replace themselves? https://www.quora.com/My-small-company-is-struggling-should-I-and-or-how-should-I-replace-myself-as-CEO-Outside-or-inside-hire-Where-should-I-go-to-find-low-cost-talent My reply: Your situation is a classic situation for small businesses described in Michael Gerber’s *E-Myth Revisited* and Gino Wickman’s *Traction and his Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)*. In summary, “What got you here,.

May 3

Why Executive Assistants are important to effective CEOs

The Executive Assistant is critical to the success, health, wellbeing, and time management of the effective CEO. However, with so many time management and labor saving tools available for the CEO, it is tempting for the CEO not to have an executive assistant. Let me relate here some reasons why I think it is so.

September 29

Why I chose to be a Vistage Chair?

I have been a Vistage Chair here in Utah since 2010 and it has been a great experience for me individually, for my Vistage members, and our Vistage community. My personal goal on becoming a Chair was to help my members 3x an important goal in their businesses or personal lives, and a good number.

September 22

Equity Compensation Consideration for Top Executives

A key executive compensation question is often asked of me, ‘how much equity should I receive for my given position in the company?’ The answer depends on how important the executive is to the enterprise, the size of the organization when the executive joined the enterprise, whether the company is in growth mode, and the.

September 22

Power of Negotiations

Everyone negotiates. Even deciding not to negotiate is a positioning statement from a negotiator. In our Vistage meetings this month I invited Bob Gibson, a professional negotiator, to teach our CEO members about negotiation strategy, tactics, and perceptions. We learned about the 7 P’s of negotiation: – Perception – Position – Power – Planning –.