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Elisa Spain

  • Wait! I’m an entrepreneur, not a CEO! Article

    In my practice as a Vistage chair, I’ll often hear an entrepreneur say, “I don’t want to lose the culture as I grow this company” or “We are like a family; I want to keep this feeling as we grow.” And yet as the company grows the culture inevitably changes and the owner no longer

  • Do I always have to negotiate? Article

    Every now and then, I have a conversation with one of the leaders I work with who is frustrated with a lack of compliance and accountability in their company. The leader will say something like this: “I told them exactly what I wanted. I explained the reason we needed to do it that way and

  • Rewarding innovation; Because great ideas don’t imagine themselves Article

    An engineer friend of mine works for a large, highly innovative company. You know the type of company I’m talking about: the kind that introduces new products, offers unique services, and establishes effective processes with remarkable consistency. The kind of company whose employees get told over and over again, “You’re so lucky!” But here’s the

  • Perception ≠ Reality Article

    We often hear the phrase perception is reality. In the physical world, we are told that we cannot perceive reality directly; perception is all we have. “If a tree falls in the woods…..” As leaders, we transfer this rule into behaviors, i.e. how we perceive a product, becomes what it is. How we perceive a person or

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