How do you Show Up as a Owner, President or CEO…

Jack Altschuler ( was in Austin last week and led two 3 hour workshops on leadership. Sure, we have all heard this stuff over and over again over the years yet he did something that was unique and meaningful. He put a bow around taking action and getting results. It’s all about how you show up and going first.

A highly functioning team where everyone is achieving at their greatest potential.

Isn’t that what we want and are all striving for in our leadership teams, product teams, and cross-functional teams?

There’s a difference in leaders and managers, leaders lead people by going first and managers manage things, budgets, forecast, activity, etc. How do you show up as a leader? Are you inspiring others to inspire others, consistent in your behavior and direction, honoring your word to others and yourself?  Simon Sinek, in his book Start with Why wrote great leaders inspire. Great leaders are detail oriented; it’s as simple as telling your people what you want – then get out of their way.

When a ship misses the harbor, it’s really the fault of  the harbor.

Great leaders set a vision and direction then hold their management team accountable.

Towers-Perrin in their 1999 Global Workforce Study shared … that the #1 driver of employee engagement is the belief that senior leadership is sincerely interested in employee well being.  Altschuler feels Gen Y employees seek appreciation and a simple thank you, recognition of their work more frequently than the annual review process, and knowing how I contribute to something worthwhile.

In my two Vistage CEO groups, we know that none of us are as smart as all of us and we work on creating a compelling workplace where relationships matter and being and honoring your word, Trust, Caring, Challenge and Growth are our core values. We are creating a safe, open, honest board where we can discusss the undiscussable and sharpen our saws as leaders. Reach out to me if you are looking for some coaching or mentoring.

I believe the monthly one-to-one sessions are critical to developing meaningful relationships and the future leaders of your organization. Listening, coaching, mentoring isn’t easy yet great leaders make time, find time and willingly give of their time to develop their key personnel. Dave Oxberg stated “…being listened to is so close to being loved that most people cannot tell the difference.” Create a template or email me for one of mine.

Great leaders create great moments, great opportunities because they can. They see the greatness in their employees, they believe in their employees and they know that inspiring them, recognizing and rewarding them will create the leverage needed to succeed.

We’ve all heard about “setting goals” right. One of Altschuler’s principles’s is “Setting the Bar High” or being the best you can be. It starts with giving your employees the tools to succeed. Ask the question “…what is it, if you had it, would it make a difference?” Mike Scott another Vistage speaker shares in his accountability workshop “…can I count on you for that?” Two great questions, one is visionary driven and the other is accountability driven.

In closing, great leaders focus on being their word says to me that “…we need to do more of what we say we are going to do…when we said we would do it.” Again, how are you showing up?

All the Best,

Ed Stillman

(Ed Stillman is a 7 year Vistage Chair with 2 Austin CEO groups that meet during the 3rd week of each month. Guests should view the 2013 Events and connect via about attending a morning speaker workshop.)

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I grew up in Carlsbad, north San Diego County, lost my dad as a teenager, went into the USAF for four years and hired on with 3M in 1969. Received my AA from Santa Barbara City College, BA and Masters from Redlands University and after 33 plus years, I retired from 3M in 2002. As I look back on my life, I have been creating myself and developing my skill sets to be a business coach and a Vistage Chair. I am president of SEOT, a "personal improvement" consulting firm spending most of my time working with Central Texas executives running small to medium size for-profit companies who are focusing on improving their profitability greater than their competition. My area of interest is assisting senior executives in creating a better balance between business commitments and personal relationships. I also facilatate three leadership labs each consisting of a dozen owners, presidents and CEOs. We meet monthly both in a group setting as well as in a 1-to-1 coaching session. Our focus is to sharpen each others' skills in becoming better leaders, making better decisions and taking ourselves and companies to that next level. Who are we? My members are experienced top executives who recognize that they don’t have all the answers and who actively seek the company of successful peers—both to give and receive insights and ideas. My members mine the 200 plus years of chief executive experience that comes together in our monthly meetings and members are eager to offer their own experience and insights in the process. As a group, we spend our time exploring topics members can't discuss anywhere else. My members have many other places where they can engage in idle, "cocktail party" chatter. Our mission is to provide the setting for discussing the "undiscussable." Where or who can you go to for confidential, honest feedback to assist you in minimizing your personal "Worry List"?

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