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Vistage - Celebrating 60 Years

What is Executive Coaching?

For more than 60 years, Vistage has been bringing together successful CEOs, business owners and key executives into confidential peer advisory groups.

Expert CEO executive coaches, known as Vistage Chairs, guide each group. They are at the heart of what makes the Vistage experience so powerful and so effective for so many members.

Vistage Chairs are a distinguished group of accomplished business leaders who have led organizations in a wide range of industries. Some have owned businesses, many have been CEOs of domestic and international companies, and all are united by a desire to share their insight and expertise to guide other business leaders on their path to personal and professional excellence through executive business coaching.

Executive peer groups are the foundation of your success as a leader

Each Vistage Chair assembles and facilitates a confidential peer advisory board made up of a select group of about 12-16 high-caliber executives. Each Vistage peer advisory board is specifically tailored to CEOs, small business owners, key executives or trusted advisors. They’re purpose-built so that members can help each other to address their most pressing decisions candidly and draw on the experience of other executives who’ve faced similar situations. The role of a Vistage CEO coach or Chair is to ensure that the experience and wisdom of every member is applied in a meeting.

More than 23,000 members across the globe count on executives in their peer advisory boards to provide fresh perspectives and new ideas to solve challenges and seize opportunities.

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CEO coaches hold you accountable to drive your learning and development

Members also meet for one-to-one executive coaching sessions with their Chair, where they receive valuable professional insight and mentorship. Chairs encourage and support members’ personal and professional growth, and hold members accountable for taking action on their goals. They help to develop their members and give back the knowledge they have earned through their own outstanding careers as CEOs, executives and business owners.

Vistage Chairs deliver greatest benefits of executive coaching

You can call them a CEO or an executive coach, but Vistage Chairs are so much more than that. They are totally committed to the success of their members. Through their executive coaching services, they help stimulate thinking, frame issues, guide discussions and ensure accountability in the group. Vistage Chairs take on the role with the express purpose of helping others build great businesses.

And they get results.

Members stay with Vistage for an average of seven years – and grow their companies at 2.2 times the rate of average small to medium-sized U.S. companies, according to a 2017 analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data.

What our members say

The Vistage experience has been making a profound impact on businesses for over 60 years.

“Through the Vistage experience and executive coaching from my Chair, I am a better leader. The accountability from my peers and Chair has also been invaluable and has helped me make decisions that have benefitted my business. I also value the safety of being able to share concerns or issues that I cannot share with anyone else. My only regret is that I didn’t join earlier.”

Gordon J. Bernhardt
President & CEO of Bernhardt Wealth Management, Inc.
Member since 2009

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