We’ve talked a lot about the Vistage Chair role on our blog recently, from why we need you to get involved to reasons to choose the role to what Vistage Chairs actually do. Plenty of useful advice, we hope, that will help you to decide whether the role is right for you as you pare back or completely relinquish your existing leadership responsibilities.
You may have been at the helm of a business (or several) for what feels like a lifetime. But think back to when you first started out in your career. You might have been young and inexperienced, venturing into these choppy waters with an open mind, ready to embrace new challenges and learn the ropes.
Stepping down from a position as a company leader can come with mixed emotions. The thought of enjoying free time with fewer responsibilities may be relished by some - but others may find the change of pace more than a little underwhelming.
For many business leaders, retirement is a daunting prospect. After spending so many years working flat out to keep – or indeed make – a business successful, stereotypical retirement pastimes like golf or sailing for days on end may not hold much appeal.
Vistage Chairs often have an interesting story to tell – perhaps none more so than Charles Llewellyn.
Harry Marsland is no stranger to business challenges. After a successful career in marketing and advertising, when the opportunity arose to become a Vistage chair, he said yes. Eighteen months on, Harry chairs not one but two dynamic groups in the North East, and has been awarded New Chair of the Year - but the path didn’t always run smooth.
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.
There’s no such thing as a stereotypical Vistage Chair. The knowledge and experience that make a good Chair can be gained from almost any career path – but the most important attribute is a desire to help others and expand their business knowledge.
Adam Harris is the youngest Vistage chair in the UK (and the third youngest in the world) - but his CV is nonetheless impressive. In a handful of years, he went from trolley boy at Sainsbury’s to CEO of the Technology Channels Association. He currently holds four directorships in every field from IT services to inflatable extras; he’s trained as a teacher, and he lectures at Nottingham Trent University.
Harry Marsland is no stranger to business challenges. After a successful career in marketing and advertising, when the opportunity arose to become a Vistage chair, he said yes. Eighteen months on, Harry chairs not one but two dynamic groups in the North East, and has been awarded New Chair of the Year - but the path didn’t always run smooth. We caught up with Harry to find out about his journey, his advice to anyone thinking of becoming a chair, and what makes Vistage work so well.