Austin Downtown Business Owners

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…walk to a “Visual Planning” Work at 823 Congress Avenue – 2nd Floor conference Room – Room 215

 

Bill Hawfield flies in from Southern California for a morning workshop introducing storyboarding techniques pioneered by Walt Disney. This Visual Planning Workshop is a thinking process that clarifies how we think, expands creativity and insures a wide scope of possible solutions to complex business problems. Key discussion topics include: strategic thinking, brain storming, Six Thinking Hats and much much more.

Value to members and guests: This process yields significant dividends in team building, facilitation skills development, thinking through problems, priorities, schedules and goals.

Bill is a CEO turned consultant. After running companies for General Mills he started his own company, Penguin’s Frozen Yogurt, eventually sold his company to a giant and lived to tell about it.

 

This is a FREE workshop for Downtown Austin business owners, Presidents and CEOs wanting to become better leaders, making better decisions. We will start at 830am and expect Bill to start around 845am. You should be back in your office by 11:30am.

 

Vistage International is the world’s leading executive membership organization. Locally, Vistage flies in 6 to 8 speakers a month to assist their Austin members in moving from good to great leaders. This is one chairs’ approach in giving back to the Austin Business Community. If you are viewing this, please forward to someone you care deeply about that could benefit by being in a advisory peer group with 200 plus years of successful leadership. Our core values are Trust, Caring, Challenge and Growth.

Please RSVP to:

Ed Stillman: Mobile/text 512.422.6232

(Seating is limited)

Austin Business Owners – “…a look around the corner”

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The Vistage Executive Summit is next Wednesday! Last chance to join me to hear from Alan Beaulieu, ITR Economics President and Vistage lead economist. His morning 2 hour “around the world” view of leading indicators in an exclusive, invitation-only setting with over 350 of the brightest business leaders in the Austin and Central Texas. He sees a recession in 2nd half of 2018 and a 1930 depression in 2030. I hope to see you there! For a view of our agenda, speaker content & bio plus a look at Who’s Coming link to www.vistage.com/austinguest.

Use promo code Stillman16 when registering and be my guest.

Ed Stillman, Senior Chair Austin 512.422.6232 (mobile & text)

 

Austin Business Owners

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I have a few RSVP spots left for an exclusive, invite-only event on 4/6. Join me to gain actionable takeaways that you can immediately apply to grow your business – and your leadership skills – while connecting with some of the brightest business executives in the Austin area. Use promo code Stillman16 to register and save $795.

www.vistage.com/austinguest

Bold Leadership Summit – Austin Texas

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Join me on April 6 to hear from an impressive group of thought leaders – world-class speakers who will deliver high energy presentations and equip you with tools to help you become a bold leader and take your business to the next level. www.vistage.com/austinguest

Ed Stillman

Austin Business Owners – Is it time for a personal CPR Audit?

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(Communication —- Priorities—-Roles)

When I say personal, I’m not referring to your annual personal health check up, yet when was your last one? I am referencing to your personal behavior as a business owner. Bob Dabic, Vistage Master Chair and Speaker, flew in from Orange County the 3rd week in January and conducted 5 (3 hour) workshops in 3 days on Aligned Leadership. This is the 1st of 5 blogs and my expectation is that after you scan this article, find a nugget or two, save it for you and your leadership team to take a deeper dive. If compelling, forward it to a business owner colleague, friend or family member you care deeply about.

 

CPR – Communication, Priorities and Roles – Thoughts and words worth considering and several Questions you could/should be asking as the owner?
Is it your belief that supervisors and managers are hired and compensated to give answers to their direct reports, while leaders ask questions.

 

Communication – Are you crystal clear with your company Vision, Mission, Values, Goals and Objectives for 2016, 2017 and EOY 2018? Shouldn’t you be? Phrases like:

Priorities – First things 1st and second things never or “Less is More”.

Roles – Do each of your direct reports know what is expected of them each month, by end of each quarter, for EOY 2016?

If you are still with me,- let me attempt to build a case that the above audit description is the foundation for a healthy, robust and profitable company and the gateway to establishing and setting measurable business metrics that will increase your employee retention and reduce your turnover.

 

Communication starts with creating your VISION, which to me is a “shared” statement or a Big/Hairy/Audacious/Goal (BHAG) that each of your employees are striving towards over the next three to five years. Think of what your future destination will look like and the internal transformational benefits once you arrive. Your MISSION focuses on the people you serve and products or services you currently provide. One could see this as a “heart warming purpose” on why you exist. Example: We help bring people and commerce together?

 

Priorities start with your company VALUES which are the principles/ideals/guidelines to which your employees can refer and that guide all decisions and behaviors in order to do what is right for each other and your customers. Examples: Respect, Integrity, Safety, Trust, Caring, Challenge, Quality, and Growth. In essence, this is your playground so think how you could put a fence around it because if you don’t your employees will create their own set of values. Dabic shared GOALS are numerical targets that are “Reachable” and “Stretched” (bigger than Reachable). Crystal clear objectives for all to see: 1 to 3 numerical and measurable plus 1 to 2 goals for personal growth and development.

 

Roles-During During Bob’s 3-hour workshop, he built a case for “no B or C players”. Poor performers have to choose to either step up or step out. During your regularly scheduled one-to-one’s, what if you focused on a Personal Improvement Plan (PIP) for your C players to become B players and your B players to become A players? What would it mean to you if the majority of your employees were A players? Self managed department, teams and individuals might be an outcome.

Which would improve or create complete alignment throughout your organization. Increased deliverables of your brand promise, increased revenue and profits and imagine you working 20% less hours a week to improve your work/life balance. If your roles are kind of “fuzzy”, what you tolerate will become policy.

 

In closing, don’t you pay 100% of what you owe; you make every payroll, don’t you? Let this CPR (Communication, Priorities and Roles) focus assist you in auditing you and your leadership team on what you are currently getting in return.

 

Ed Stillman

Austin CEO Group Chairman

Ed.stillman@vistagechair.com

 

 

Ed Stillman is a 9 year Vistage Chair with 2 CEO Advisory groups who is assisting his members to become good to better and even great leaders running great companies. If you live in Austin and want to take a deeper dive into aligning your leadership team and growing your top and bottom lines, let’s have a cup of coffee and see if we are a good fit for you, and you for my members.

 

If you live anywhere else in the United States or the world, connect with me and I’ll personally see that a client representative will reach out to you. We are in 18 countries, with 20,000 plus members creating a better balance between business commitments, personal relationships and their spiritual walk. We will make a difference.

 

Vistage Austin Leadership Workshop for Owners

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Ed Stillman invites you to a “Leadership” Workshop for Business Owners

Please RSVP ed.stillman@vistagechair.com

January 20, 2016 Wednesday 1pm to 4pm – Hills of Lakeway Country Club

January 21, 2016 Thursday 830am to 1130am – Austin Country Club

Bob Dabic, Vistage Master Chair from Newport Coast, California, asks: “Why should we replace ‘yes people’ in our lives with those who care enough to hold us accountable to achieving our goals?”

In this interactive presentation, Dabic assists members and guests in brainstorming a list of issues that exist in their companies. Key issues typically revolve around the areas of: Customer Dissatisfaction, Marketing/Sales/Operations, and Net Profit Growth. Bob defines what Vision, Mission, Values, Goals & Objectives are and encourages attendees to share which of these currently exist in their companies. He then proceeds to show how plans, goals, objectives, people, procedures, decisions and behaviors can be aligned with the so-called “Big Picture.” Members and their guests are provided with a step-by-step process to bring positive results to their organizations!!

About Bob Dabic

Bob Dabic is a Best Practice Chair (BPC), Master Chair, and Lead Trainer for chair candidates & tenured chairs.  He has received the following Vistage awards: Chair Excellence, Master Chair, and STAR.  He is also a recipient of two of Vistage’s most coveted awards: the “Robert Nourse Chair of the Year” Award and “The Don Cope Memorial Award.”

Prior to taking on the above roles, Bob was a successful owner, president and CEO of several airport and aerospace equipment design and manufacturing companies over a 30-year period.  For the last 6½ years in the day-to-day operating role, he was a member of a Vistage CEO group.

About Vistage

20,000 executives, business owners, and CEOs around the world rely on Vistage Private Advisory Boards to get the most out of their businesses. Vistage offers a unique combination of resources for accelerating business performance: monthly meetings with non-competitive business peers; one-to-one mentoring sessions; expert speakers and interactive workshops; a rich online library of content, best practices, webinars, and more; and access to a member community of business leaders across the globe.

 

Leadership Workshop Series – Vistage International

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Austin Business Owners…

 

As you kick-off 2016 Vistage Austin invites you to a “Leadership” Workshop for Business Owners. This is an exclusive invitation-only event.

January 19th – Morning (2222/360)

January 20th – Afternoon (Hills CC Lakeway)

January 21st – Morning (Austin CC)

Bob Dabic, Vistage Master Chair from Newport Coast, California asks: “Why should we replace “yes people” in our lives with those who care enough to hold us accountable to achieving our goals?”

In this interactive presentation, Dabic assists members and guests in brainstorming a list of issues that exist in their companies. Key issues typically revolve around the areas of: Customer dissatisfaction; Marketing/Sales/Operations; and Net profit growth. Bob defines what “Vision Values” and “Cultural Values” are and encourages attendees to list some of the values that currently exist in their companies. He then proceeds to show how plans, goals, objectives, people, procedures, decisions and behavior can be aligned with these Values. Members and their guests are provided with a step-by-step process to bring positive results to their organizations.

After the presentation, members will have a sense of relief that there is a way to make the extremely challenging task of management/leadership easier and much more rewarding.

About Bob Dabic

Bob Dabic is a Best Practice Chair (BPC), Master Chair, and Lead Trainer for chair candidates & tenured chairs. He has received the following Vistage awards: Chair Excellence, Master Chair, and STAR. He is also a recipient of two of Vistage’s most coveted awards: the “Robert Nourse Chair of the Year” Award and “The Don Cope Memorial Award.”

Prior to taking on the above roles, Bob was a successful owner, president and CEO of several airport and aerospace equipment design and manufacturing companies over a 30-year period. For the last 61⁄2 years in the day-to-day operating role, he was a member of a Vistage CEO group.

20,000 executives, business owners, and CEOs around the world rely on Vistage Private Advisory Boards to get the most out of their businesses. Vistage offers a unique combination of resources for accelerating business performance: monthly meetings with non-competitive business peers; one-to-one mentoring sessions; expert speakers and interactive workshops; a rich online library of content, best practices, webinars, and more; and access to a member community of business leaders across the globe.

Please RSVP by January 15th

ed.stillman@vistagechair.com or call, text me at 512.422.6232 to learn more and/or reserve your seat.