Vistage Quotes – February 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

Before attending to our respective spouses / significant others, the usual suspects (ragged CEOs…) gathered for our monthly meeting.  Rising from the camaraderie and care-frontational feedback came the usual pearls of wisdom.

As usual, anonymity is mostly respected…

BRANDING THE FOUNDER:
“I want to be ‘the brand’ – out there cutting ribbons, kissing babies and be like Colonel Sanders on the bucket.”
      – The guy who manages your retirement

POSITIVE MENTORSHIP:
“I’m just kinda f-ing telling him what to do, I don’t care anymore.”
       – The guy who founded an IT reseller

NOT JUMPING THE GUN:
“Hey, just ask questions – no thinly veiled solutions!”
     – The moderator

A CONVERSATION ABOUT SPEAKING IN METAPHORS:
MR. A: “You are trying to turn a phillips screw with a straight screwdriver.”
Mr. B: “What the heck does that mean?”
Mr. C: “It means he doesn’t know S* about tools.”
Mr. A: “No, what I meant was…”

KEEPING THE SIZE OF THE ISSUE IN PERSPECTIVE:
“This guy is a 7-digit problem in the face of a 9 or 10-digit opportunity for the company.”
       – The guy who built an independent publisher

FOCUS & VISION:
“We had no clue, but that didn’t stop us.”
      –  The guy who founded a software company

A productive day overall and two new member candidates dropped-in for an evaluation visit.  Although, couple regular guys were missed and the energy is higher when we all are there.

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