Austin’s Vistage Executive Summit in a word INSIGHTFUL

APRIL 12TH – AT&T Conference Center – 200 Austin business owners and executives came together for a day focused on business optimization and leadership. Key take-aways:

  • Talent planning – for employees and onboarding the best and brightest
  • Accountability and scorecarding performance
  • Surrounding yourself with smart people and say thank you daily
  • Align employee incentives to strategic goals
  • What if every position had a deadline?
  • Social Media is the world’s largest focus group – “word of mouth has now become
  • As an owner or leader – are you doing on what you can do to further the success of your company? Who’s job are you doing?
  • World of mouth”
  • Leadership Template – STAMP
  1. Simple – less is more and keep it simple
  2. True – stay true to yourself
  3. Act – Take action and do not be afraid to fail
  4. Map – Have a firm goal with a flexible plan
  5. People – teamwork is dreamwork – ask can I count of you?

Thanks to:

  • David Meltzer –
  • Thomas Stewart – Executive Director
  • Erik Qualman –



Ed Stillman is a 11 Vistage Chair in Austin Texas.

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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"?