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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.

Peer coaching is 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.

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 CEO coaches deliver best-in-class 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

Forget what you think you know about exercise: Fitness secrets for time-pressed CEOs

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that executives should exercise more for the health benefits.

Exercise can not only improve overall health and help stave off disease, but it can also keep executives sharp, warding off mild cognitive impairment as they age.

But what may come as a surprise is that many are exercising the wrong way. Hours of running on the treadmill or slogging away on an elliptical offers little benefit. And, actually, it’s a waste of time executives don’t have, says Luke Carlson, a Vistage member and CEO of Discover Strength, a personal-training business that advocates strength training to promote health.

And the best way for time-pressed executives to gain those health benefits while effectively using their time is to understand what Carlson calls “essential exercise.”

Carlson says that getting down to essential exercise means stepping away from some long-held myths about fitness:

Don’t fall for the six-pack. Carlson offers a hypothetical: He and NFL running back Adrian Peterson are walking down a beach, both with their shirts off. You come across both men and ask them about working out. Most would probably ask Peterson first based on his appearance, but Carlson warns against that. “We don’t know if Adrian look like this because of his workouts, or if there’s a number of other variables that impact,” he says, noting that genetic predisposition may be a factor. Instead, Carlson urges executive to look at the science behind fitness to see what works for you.

Running doesn’t help you lose weight. Sorry, treadmill lovers, but cardiovascular exercise increases cardiovascular function and that’s it. Carlson cited a study in which half the group worked out on a treadmill while the other half didn’t. Both burned the same amount of calories.

Strength training does more than increase strength. Strength (or resistance) training provides all the aforementioned health benefits at a fraction of the time, Carlson says. In fact, two 30-minute sessions a week — with about 12 exercises per workout — is all that’s necessary to reap the rewards. “This constitutes essential exercise,” Carlson says. “Resistance training is medicine.”

Watch more from Carlson to learn how to eliminate what’s nonessential from your fitness goals and find an effective program.

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About Luke Carlson

Luke Carlson is the founder and CEO of Discover Strength. He is a practitioner, speaker, and author on the topic of strength training and evidence-based exercise programs.

Luke is an American College of Sports Medicine certified Exercise Physiologist and holds the unique distinction of being an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from the University of Minnesota. Luke is a Vistage member and a Vistage speaker.

What is Vistage?

Vistage Worldwide is an organization designed exclusively for high-integrity CEOs and executive leaders who are looking to drive better decisions and better results for their companies. Our members — 23,000 strong in 20 countries — gather in trusted, confidential peer advisory boards where they tackle their toughest challenges and biggest opportunities. Leveraging the Vistage platform, our members have demonstrated the ability to refine their instincts, improve their judgment, expand their perspectives and optimize decision making. CEOs who joined Vistage grew their companies at three times the rate of the average U.S. company, according to a 2015 analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data. Learn more at vistage.com.