Sam Reese, CEO of Vistage Worldwide, Inc. (“Vistage”), talks with New to The Street Leadership’s Co-hosts Matt Doherty and Jane King about his leadership successes. Vistage is the world’s largest executive coaching organization for small and midsize businesses. The organization is a peer advisory platform that attracts business CEOs and other key management executives to interact with others to find and overcome business challenges. Sam explains how Vistage has successful Chairmen and Chairwomen (known as Vistage Chairs) who organize groups of about 10-15 CEOs that often meet to discuss in-confidence business ongoings. Together, the group finds solutions to make their businesses perform better. With nearly 1200 Chairs running groups worldwide, Vistage has over 45,000 members in 35 countries. Vistage started in 1957 when its founder, Bob Nourse, decided to contact business owners to discuss business problems within their companies. Now, over 65 years later, Vistage helps CEOs of small and midsize businesses become better leaders, make better decisions, and drive better results. Sam believes that the best CEOs are those who are humble, understand their mistakes, and always look for ways to improve themselves. Connecting positively with employees and understanding all aspects of a business’s operations are vital components of being a great leader of an organization. Sam learned in the 1980s that life can be challenging when he didn’t become an Olympic runner. He overcame the disappointment in his athletic career and used that experience to help others overcome personal and business obstacles to succeed. With spiritual scripture readings and physical exercise, Sam enters each day with a positive outlook, looking for solutions. Every business owner wants to achieve performance that leads to bottom-line profitability, but to do so takes dedication and respect for others within a business. Sam believes any business can utilize Vistage’s comprehensive platform for success by retaining employees and providing goal transparency. Vistage has three core elements: valuable perspectives from a trusted group of peers, professional guidance from an accomplished business leader (Chair), and deep insights from subject matter experts. A business leader who would like to become a member of Vistage can find the necessary information at www.vistage.com. Vistage members set aside one day each month to meet with their peer advisory group and work on their business. The on-screen QR code is available during the show to download more info or visit Vistage Worldwide, Inc. – http://www.vistage.com/.
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