Leaders: what do they really do?

8/8/2019 posted in Leading, Not Managing

What do leaders really do? It’s a big question; one which is asked and answered by Vistage speaker and author Jeff Grout. As Jeff puts it, we all understand the importance of leadership, the significance of being the person at the top, the person who holds ultimate responsibility - but what about the practical realities of what leaders actually do? 

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The Klopp effect: What can business leaders learn from Liverpool’s Champions League-winning manager?

7/16/2019 posted in Life At The Top

“I had fourth-division feet and a first-division head”, said a younger Jurgen Klopp in the days when he was managing Borussia Dortmund FC. And since his managerial career began in 2001, he’s shown just what that first-division head can do. He secured promotion to the Bundesliga for Mainz 05, won consecutive league titles for Borussia Dortmund – upsetting German top dog Bayern Munich – and, most recently, took Liverpool close to winning the 2018-19 Premier League title, not to mention a Champions League win the same year.

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Expert advice and 8am raves: Uncovering the life of a Vistage Chair

7/15/2019 posted in Vistage Chair

Vistage members provide a valuable source of advice and support for one another, and over time they can develop strong personal bonds. Frank Esson's Vistage group became so close they ended up attending a pre-work rave at London's Ministry of Sound nightclub.

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The 5 foundations for scaleup growth

7/9/2019 posted in Scaleup Business

The bigger something is, the stronger the foundations need to be. Let’s take a look at the tallest building in the world today – Dubai’s 828-metre (2,717 ft) Burj Khalifa. It sits on 192 piles buried more than 50m (164ft) into concrete-supported ground. Whereas a little portakabin doesn’t need anything quite so deep.

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10 ways Vistage helps the UK's scaleup business leaders


In their 2018 annual review, the ScaleUp Institute endorsed Vistage as an organisation that can help scaleup business leaders achieve and sustain growth. Why? Because Vistage doesn’t just help MDs and CEOs grow their companies, it helps them do it at more than double the average rate.

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Rahaf Harfoush: leading through emerging technology

7/2/2019 posted in Technology

Technology changes the way we interact with each other. We often talk about it in an obvious way, looking at workflows and process and pipelines, at policies and data. There is a whole other lens of deeply influential behaviour to look at, however; the way we’re living intersects with technology and is changed by it.

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Planning, people and performance: The key to moving from startup to scaleup...interview with Brian Donne, Express Vending


Scaling up a business from absolutely nothing isn’t easy - but it can be done. 

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Dream big and define your goals: why visualisation is vital to success

6/18/2019 posted in Getting Ahead

The American poet, Bill Copeland, once said, ‘The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score’. Needless to say, he wasn’t talking about football.

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How to make better decisions - Sam Reese, Vistage CEO

6/11/2019 posted in Life At The Top

Leadership is about decisions - so much so that a Chief Executive Officer may as well be called a Chief Decision Maker. Yet 60% of executives surveyed by McKinsey think their companies make bad strategic decisions more often than good ones. The suggestion here? There’s room for improvement in the CEO’s core discipline: decision-making.

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Who holidays better, US or UK business leaders?

6/4/2019 posted in Work/Life Balance Issues

When it comes to the subject of leadership, you’ll find a spectrum of opinions on pretty much every aspect. Apart from one: taking a break.

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