How to choose an executive coach

1/20/2020 posted in Getting Ahead

If you’ve made the decision to invest in an executive coach, the next step is choosing one. So how do you do it? Where do you look? And how can you guarantee you’ll find the right person for you?

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Do I need an executive coach?

1/13/2020 posted in Getting Ahead

In a recent article we explored what Vistage chairs actually do; the coaching and mentoring they deliver to businesses and what they receive in return. In this article, we look more closely at how executive coaching by Vistage chairs could benefit you and your business - and help you decide if you need an executive coach. 

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What do executive coaches actually do?

1/8/2020 posted in Getting Ahead

An executive coach helps business owners, CEOs and high-level or high-potential employees become better leaders, make better decisions and achieve better results.

It’s common to confuse a coach with a consultant, but they’re very different. Consultants are like doctors. They diagnose problems, prescribe solutions and sometimes execute the solution themselves.

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How to write a business growth plan for acquisition

10/29/2019 posted in Getting Ahead

If you are growing a business with the intention of selling, then you are in the right place.

The first article in this series discussed how to get the foundations right.

Now, we consider how to prepare a growth plan that transforms your business into an asset that’s attractive to investors.

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Growing a business is hard (and soft) work

8/21/2019 posted in Getting Ahead

Vistage speaker Balaji Krishnamurthy sometimes describes growing a business as a task that requires ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ work. 

So what does this mean? Hard tasks are those you generally associated with growing a business – managing finances, setting the right organisational structure and introducing the right processes or systems. 

The soft tasks are the more human, intuitive challenges – creating a strong brand, defining the company culture and looking after the wellbeing of your people.

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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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Our survey says... The biggest challenges for scaleup business leaders

1/30/2019 posted in Getting Ahead

Defined as a business with an average annualised return of at least 20% in the last three years - and with a minimum of 10 employees at the start of the period - scaleup businesses are those that demonstrate amazing levels of growth. According to the ScaleUp Institute’s Annual Scaleup Review 2018, the UK is now home to around 35,000 such businesses, contributing hugely to its economic growth and productivity.

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10 podcast channels to help you become a better business leader in 2019

1/22/2019 posted in Getting Ahead

Every day, people upload 4 million hours of content to YouTube, bloggers, businesses and brands publish 2 million blog posts, and the chattering masses fire out over six hundred fifty-six million tweets. The internet is a busy place.

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Is decision fatigue holding back your business?

9/11/2018 posted in Getting Ahead

Physical fatigue is easy to spot. You feel it in your bones, you see it in the mirror. Your body aches, you’re exhausted, and you just want to stop and lie down. Other types of fatigue are less easy to detect but can be just as debilitating - and these include decision fatigue.

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Business leadership frameworks for scale-up businesses leaders: Do they work? Are they worth it?

7/10/2018 posted in Getting Ahead

In many aspects of life, it helps to follow the instructions. That pile of planks, poles and allen keys isn’t going to make a wardrobe unless you know how it all fits together. Instructions give you a process by which to achieve your vision - and helps it stand up when you put it into practice.

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