Good Message – a one page plan to live your life…

Terrell Gates, CEO of Virtus Real Estate and a 8 year Vistage member shared the below thoughts yesterday to his advisory board members. An interesting and compelling read and one that makes a lot of sense considering how connected and challenged our work/life balance is today. Hopefully, you will find time to read and modify or develop your own one page life plan that will become a daily view as you live life. Thanks Terrell! Last night I had the pleasure of attending Austin Christian Business Summit.  I think a couple of you have attended these in the past, including the one last year with David Robinson as the keynote.  There were two speakers last night, one of which was Greg Brenneman.  Some of you may have heard of Greg, because he’s been the CEO or president of Burger King, Quiznos, PWC Consulting, Continental Airlines and is currently on the board of Home Depot among other companies.  He’s also the full-time chairman of CCMP Capital, a $16B PE fund manager.  This guy has apparently made a career of turning around failing companies.  One of his tools is having a simple one-page plan for doing so.  I know we’ve all been exposed to the virtues of one-page plans or even the abridged business plans we have for each of our properties.  Greg actually took it a step further and came up with a one-page plan to turnaround his life.  Although he had had material success and was generally a good guy, he had gotten to a place in his life where he felt unfulfilled and didn’t believe he was living a fulfilled life.  He simply took out one-page and created a document that would be his game plan for transforming his life.  He identified key areas of his life (family, business, personal, spiritual, philanthropy, etc.) that he wanted to evolve to have a transformational outcome on his overall life.  I like this idea, and so I thought I would share it with you.  He also cited a great quote from Dorothy Sayers:   The first, stated quite briefly, is that work is not, primarily, a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do. It is, or it should be, the full expression of the worker’s faculties, the thing in which he finds spiritual, mental and bodily satisfaction, and the medium in which he offers himself to God.   If you want the full context of the Sayer’s quote, go here:   Have a great week, all.   Ed Stillman Austin Chair Vistage International

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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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