Some high-potential candidates raise obstacles, rather than applying for membership in Vistage. Here are some of their reasons.
10. “I can’t make the time to join Vistage.”
Vistage doesn’t take time. Vistage nets time. Vistage members report — within 45 or 90 days — that they stop doing other people’s work, start getting home earlier, and devote more time to the most important relationships in their lives.
9. “I need to wait until I get over this hump (or project or initiative or fiscal quarter).”
Generally, Vistage members wished they had joined six or 12 or 18 months earlier.
8. “I’m too busy in my business.”
Within months of joining Vistage, members are doing more in less time.
7. “I can’t afford Vistage.”
Vistage members don’t belong because they need to find some way to spend money. They do it for the ROI.
6. “No, really: I have no cash. We’re on the verge of bankruptcy.”
Vistage members need to have the wherewithal to fund productive change.
5. “I already have a peer group.”
Vistage chairs receive hundreds of hours of training each year. Meetings are productive — and members leave with new methods for leading their own meetings back at the office.
4. “I already have an executive coach.”
The coaching and peer group combination at Vistage amplifies the call for leadership, maximizing growth of each member.
3. “I already have an advisory board.”
Vistage groups offer agenda-free advice. Members give each other their best thinking: take it or leave it. The highest performing members listen hard to what they’re told at Vistage.
2. “I can’t possibly learn from other people.”
Every Vistage member will tell you: I have learned fundamental lessons from each person in my group.
1.“I can’t trust others with my secrets.”
Vistage members reach adulthood, marked by a developmental milestone: knowing what stories are ours to tell, and what stories are not ours to tell.
If you want an eleventh:
11. “Vistage is a pyramid scheme.”
Vistage is an appropriately funded vehicle for professionally led and resourced leadership development peer groups.