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VISTAGE Chair: Jim Sexton

Raleigh, NC
(919) 302-1719
james.sexton@vistage.com

Is it time to consider a re-organization?

Is it time to consider a re-organization?

11 reasons for REORG:

1.) Maybe you have quit growing the business. As a result your business is stale, stuck or stagnant,

2.) Maybe you have a “seller/doer” model and you’re doing more doing than selling, or selling more than doing,

3.) Never have time to even think about working ON the business as I’m always knee deep in the weeds working IN the business,

4.) Next year’s strategy meeting got crowded by day-to-day,

5.) Frankly, I don’t like to admit it, and I’m a bit of a control freak and I struggle to let go; possible re-organization takes me out of my comfort zone,

6.) I try to delegate and Jim reminds me “delegate does not mean abdicate”,

7.) We lack consistent business processes and as a result, my staff is reluctant to come to me directly with issues and they don’t have anyone else to go to; we often times experience “scope creep”,

8.) We have many suggestions on how to improve our brand and marketing, no n house resources and no one we can turn to help with that,

9.) I’m not sure my son (s) (daughter(s))  have what it takes to run this business; it is clear I don’t really have a #2 (if something were to happen to me)

10.) When we were small and nimble, everybody pitched a hand and wore multiple hats. That was fun! We reached our breaking point last year when the owner jumped in on customer calls!

11.) What got us here most certainly won’t get us there.

Maybe it is time to consider a re-organization. These 11 reasons are just the tip of the iceberg. What are your reasons that you’re putting off a re-organization?

 

 

 

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Jim Sexton: Executive Coach,
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"From the superb speakers, to dynamic counsel offered by my fellow CEOs, to the one-to-one sessions with my Chair — we have fundamentally changed how we run our business, manage our teams and drive learning throughout our organization. Our company health and growing success are directly attributable to my Vistage engagement."

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Mike Lauber

Chairman & CEO, Tusco Display

"Vistage is a critical component of my professional identity. I set quarterly and annual goals for myself using Vistage for accountability and to empower me to have an impact on my team. By implementing what I've learned through Vistage, my business tripled in size."

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Raleigh, NC
(919) 302-1719
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Jim Sexton:
Executive Coach,
Key Note Speaker,
Vistage Triangle Chair

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Take a look at what your Triangle Vistage Chair, Jim Sexton is looking for.

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A 15-minute phone call is all it takes. I'll be able to determine if you're the right fit for one of my Vistage groups. 

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Together, we'll develop a growth plan for you including the goals you want to achieve and the issues you want to resolve.

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"From the superb speakers, to dynamic counsel offered by my fellow CEOs, to the one-to-one sessions with my Chair — we have fundamentally changed how we run our business, manage our teams and drive learning throughout our organization. Our company health and growing success are directly attributable to my Vistage engagement."

Mike Lauber

Mike Lauber

Chairman & CEO, Tusco Display

"Vistage is a critical component of my professional identity. I set quarterly and annual goals for myself using Vistage for accountability and to empower me to have an impact on my team. By implementing what I've learned through Vistage, my business tripled in size."

Dr. Beth Rosselini

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MedTech Researcher,
Nexeon MedSystems, Inc.

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VISTAGE Chair: Jim Sexton

Raleigh, NC
(919) 302-1719
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Finding your ideal Career Coach

By chance, are you looking to find your ideal Career Coach? I saw a recent article in Financial Management on the topic. This triggered a thought.

 

Over the years, I’ve reminded many colleagues that the best investment that I’ve made in my company and in my career is in myself. I don’t ever confuse this with the behavior of “leaders eating last.” That is a different premise entirely.

As the article points out, a Career Coach can help create a personalized plan to achieve the goals of your work life. That said, career coaches aren’t therapists! They aren’t qualified or experienced to intervene or opine on emotional, mental or psychological issues. The right Career Coach should provide unbiased perspective (they should have your success and well being firmly at the center of the relationship). Further, they should identify challenges, roadblocks and/or blind spots that might stymie your progress towards your career objectives.

As I have noted many times in my blog, I’ve had the great pleasure of serving under some great Coaches in my life.

Going back to when I was a CEO, I’ve always had a Career Coach. They have been particularly helpful when I’ve experienced “the dip”; unfulfilling moments in my life or career or to take action to change direction.

Here are a few “triggers” that might help you if you are thinking about a Career Coach:

  1. Malaise: Apathy and anxiety are two sure signs you could use a Coach. If you’re having trouble getting out of bed it might be a very good time to have a discovery call with a Career Coach.

  2. Unfulfilled ambition: Ideally, you approach a Coach when you’re doing well and you want to get to the next level. Put together an action plan on how best to proceed. This conversation may accelerate your desired outcome. Re-focus, re-evaluate and set new goals for yourself.

  3. Entitlement or complacency: Sometimes we think we’re better than we are. A good Coach helps me identify those feelings, sorts them out and defines and maps my unique abilities to career acceleration.

  4. Anger: I’ve had times when my anger has gotten the best of me. Shoot, we all do! When that happens, it is helpful to re-route those feeling quickly and get them channeled in the right direction.

  5. Stale, stuck or stagnant? Sometime a “clarity break” with an independent career coach can be just the tonic for the situation.

Maybe you have a friend, colleague or contemporary who could use some a coaches clarifying conversation?

 

 

Critical thinking visualization tool

Recently, Paul Sand acquainted me with a critical thinking visualization tool called a Radar Diagram. A radar diagram is a visual problem solving tool. Some may have seen it referred to as a spider graph, mind map or star profile. As Paul says, “diagram allows you to plot several elements to visualize, compare and contrast how things are progressing in your life personally or professionally.” A brain dump to paper if you will.

Unpacking this a bit, some time ago, I initially came into contact with Paul Sand and his “Idea Sandbox” through a VISTAGE contact.

Over the years, I have found Paul’s ideas and his Idea Sandbox helpful to me for ideation, creative brainstorming, innovation, and help in identifying (visualizing) a problem. Further, Paul’s content is always “on the business” and accretive in the area of decision-making and problem solving. Idea Sandbox

Critical thinking visualization tool

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The Radar Diagram fits my preferred learning style as I am a visual learner.

I have attached an example of a recently completed Radar Diagram JMS Radar Diagram 0918 using myself as an example. The Radar Diagram allows me to easily visualize my near-term strategic objectives at a glance for my VISTAGE Chair practice. (NOTE: the completed Radar Diagram also suggests that I have work to do, which is the purpose!) I have also attached a Blank Radar Diagram PDF template for your convenience. Blank_Radar_Diagram

If you are similarly interested in experimenting with this simple, critical thinking visualization tool, here are your next best actions:

1. Write the variables or things that you wish to measure on each spoke.

2. Set a measurement (KPIs) from the center outward. Use the same scale on every spoke.

3. From observance, you can easily spot “out of balance” or “outliers” using the visual tool. In fact, I plan to keep a copy of this in front of me on my desk as a constant visual reminder. Therefore, the intelligence derived from the visual tool makes the intelligence “actionable.”

4. Let’s talk about this tool in your life next time together.

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VISTAGE Chair: Jim Sexton

Raleigh, NC
(919) 302-1719
james.sexton@vistage.com

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10 Reasons Not To Join Vistage

10 REASONS
NOT TO JOIN VISTAGE

(However, membership will transform your life!)

Some high potential candidates raise obstacles rather than apply for VISTAGE membership. We've cataloged ten top reasons.

Reason 1

"I can't make the time."
You think your time is precious?
We all have 168 hours a week. The real question here is how you choose to spend your time. Members are routinely cited as some of the most productive people on the planet. They're conscious of where they spend their time.

Within 45-60 days, VISTAGE ""nets" time. You'll spend less time doing other people's work & devote more time to the most important relationships in your life.

Reason 2

"I need to wait until I get over the hump."
There are always more humps or speed bumps in life, aren't there? Humping a week ago, 6 weeks ago, 6 months ago? YES, of course!

VISTAGE members tell us they wished they joined 12-18 months earlier.

Reason 3

"I'm too busy IN my business."
VISTAGE members tell us that spending time "ON" their business (rather than "IN" their business) with a group of peers makes them feel more effective LEADERS.

VISTAGE members tell us that within a few months, they're accomplishing more in less time.

Reason 4

"I can't afford VISTAGE."
What is your budget for your own personal development? Surely not zero. If you're sincerely interested in growing personally & professionally, VISTAGE might be your best alternative.

The best ROI for your company & your career is in yourself. Spend it wisely.

Reason 5

"You don't understand. We have no cash. We're on the verge of bankruptcy."
Oh boy, I'm sorry! Frankly we have no compelling rebuttal for that one. If it would be helpful, some of our VISTAGE Chairs excel at turnarounds. Maybe a brief chat?

VISTAGE members need to have the financial wherewithal to fund productive change.

Reason 6

"I already participate in a peer group."
Is your present peer group highly functioning? Does it work for you? Does your group have a professional trained facilitator?

VISTAGE Chairs receive hundreds of hours of leadership training each year. Leadership can be learned; you're not born with it.

Reason 7

"I already have an executive coach."
Wonderful! All good CEOs aspiring to be GREAT CEOs have a Coach. Can I suggest "kicking it up a notch" by having your peers additionally hold you accountable? Walk along side others?

Peer accountability & coloration simply AMPLIFIES the leadership experience.

Reason 8

"I have a Board."
Yep, most of our members do also. Additionally, we have friends and business associates, your spouse or significant & buddies. No shortage of advice is there? And typically, their advice has an agenda (not yours.)

Our highest performing members listen hard at what they hear at a VISTAGE meeting.

Reason 9

"I can't trust other people with my secrets."
Are you a lone ranger? Living a lonely life? Really? Human beings weren't designed to be islands to themselves.

VISTAGE members tells us that iron sharpens iron. You'll learn fundamental lessons from every member in the group.

Reason 10

"I can't possibly learn from other people."
That again? For sure, empirically we know that you'll need to trust yourself before you can trust others.

You'll leave here knowing what stories are yours to tell and what stories are not.

"HT" to fellow VISTAGE Chair Artie Isaac (Columbus, OH) for the inspiration.

If you're ready to get started with us, you can reach me here.

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Raleigh, NC
(919) 302-1719
james.sexton@vistage.com

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