Welcome Ankur Agarwal, Vistage’s newest Chair

As the senior group chair in Austin, I would like to welcome Ankur to his newest chapter in his book called LIFE. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ankuragarwal896/

Here’s to local leaders reaching new heights — in business and in life.

A growing number of business leaders across Texas and throughout Austin have a major competitive advantage — a proven platform for success that helps them make better decisions, get better outcomes and grow their businesses 2.2x faster than similar-sized companies.

As a result, these CEOs and owners of small and midsize businesses are elevating their companies, their families and everyone around them. At Vistage, we call this “a life of climb,” and we are proud to support these peak performers as they achieve ever higher summits. And we want to support you, too.

Through coaching 100,000+ CEOs for over 60 years, Vistage has honed a proven approach to leadership success that includes:

● perspectives from trusted and respected peers who’ve got your back

● professional guidance from an executive mentor (Chair)

● and deep insights from subject-matter experts

Vistage presence in Texas powered by a global network of CEOs:

  • 1,337 Vistage Members
  • 1,116 Local Companies
  • 109 Peer Advisory Groups

Vistage presence in Austin:

  • 158 Vistage Members
  • 118 Local Companies
  • 14 Peer Advisory Groups

Please note: Vistage membership is open to CEOs, business owners and top executives across all industries.

If you’re the CEO or owner of a small or midsize business in the Austin area, let’s find out how to take your company, your community and your life to a whole new level.

Ankur is interviewing founding members for a group start in the 4th quarter and he can be reached at (512) 809-4096.

Mid-year self-reflection for strong leadership

Are you willing to do a little self-reflection? Reflect on these 9 questions and see what the questions reveal about yourself. What changes are you willing to do between now and the end of 2021 to make you a better leader?

Not sure where to start? Analyzing our individual habits and behaviors is a good way to open the door for some serious reflection. This is something I am comfortable in guiding CEOs into the right self-reflection for their personal and professional needs.

“Do you have any habits that hold you back from being the leader you’d like to be?”

High-performing leaders have to push themselves to look at inward on a regular basis. From “stop-doing” lists and fire fighting to goal-setting and talent planning, these nine question are a good place to dig in when leadership is feeling stuck or focus feels misplaced.

9 powerful questions coaches ask CEOs

Asking a tough question can be — tough. But not for Vistage Chairs Ken Proctor and Wally Schmader. Over their combined 12 years of coaching Vistage high-performing CEOs, they have honed the craft of asking great business coaching questions. They’ve come to know what makes executive leaders tick, and with insightful questions they reach the core of a CEO’s values, discover their blind spots, and design strategies to transcend personal and business challenges.

In this post, Ken and Wally share questions they ask CEOs who want the opportunity to join a Vistage peer advisory group. For busy CEOs who are under constant pressure, the 1-1 business coaching time spent with Ken or Wally becomes a meaningful moment of reflection. These questions are the beginning of a CEO’s journey toward stronger decision-making and more effective leadership development.

1. “Are you running your company or leading it?”

2. “Are you doing more fire-fighting or fire prevention in your business?”

6. “Think about the last direct report who left the company. What percent of that employee’s departure are you willing to own?”

9. “It’s the last day of the year. What would have made this year truly meaningful for you — personally and professionally?”

There are several helpful discussions we can have around just one of these questions. Pick one, and let’s talk.

We’re back in person

My Vistage business owner group is back in person after 15 months. Placemats, agenda, big screen, Vistage banners, easel pad and stand and hand sanitizer for everyone creates a full, caring, trusting and challenging all day executive session.

It’s the right move now to get back together and create our new normal. We all have a lot to re-learn about ourselves and in developing deeper relationships with each other and out clients and customers. Thank you Zoom for bridging our past to our future.

Lunch and a happy hour after our meeting made this one of the most meaningful meetings in my 15 years of chairing. Throughout the day, watching members reconnect and embracing our new members put a smile on my face. I am so grateful and honored to have these Austinites as CE members and part of my extended family. We are making a difference in becoming better leaders, making better decisions for our employees and our clients, customers and community.