According to the most recent Vistage CEO Confidence Index, “Sixty-two percent of firms reported that they were struggling to find and hire the workers that they needed, while one-in-five firms said that finding, hiring, training and retaining management talent was their top challenge.”
From the conversations I am regularly having with CEOs throughout the South Sound, I know that this pressure is real.  Frankly I can’t quit thinking about it, so here are some thoughts that I would encourage each employer to ask themselves.
How much have I increased wages over the past 3 to 5 years in each category of worker? Have I kept up with the market?

Do I have a systematic increase in place for wages, performance reviews and opportunity for each employee to grow, that they can count on if they perform? What has been my exit rate in the last 18 months by category? 

A 3% increase for a $15 an hour employee = $0.45 an hr. What is going to cause that employee to stay with me …

Your Organization Wastes Time. Here's How to Fix It.

Unproductive routines, corporate bureaucracy, and "adminstrivia" kill ambition and sap energy for far too many employees.  I encourage you to take a few minutes this week to read through this article and think about how you can apply its lessons to your organization.

Your Organization Wastes Time. Here's How to Fix It.

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New Vistage Group for Chief Executives in the South Sound

We are pleased to announce that Chair, Linda Remsberg launched a new Vistage Group, CE 4927, in Tacoma, Washington on December 8, 2016. A few words from Linda Remsberg about the group build “I am so excited to be launching my 4th group and 2nd CE group in the South Sound area of Washington State. This is my home and I can’t express what it means to participate with Vistage in working with Executives in my home community to get better and better, month by month.  It starts with me getting better each day and all I learn as a Chair at Vistage helps me do that. Now onward to grow each group and endeavor for the members to have the best peer advisory experience possible.  Thank you to everyone at Vistage for your support.”
Special message from Regional Executive, Tim Call “Congratulations to Linda Remsberg on the launch of her CE group. Linda has been carefully planning for this new CE group for a few months and has done an incredible job of juggling the interaction with the founding members …
South Sound Executives and Business Leaders, You are invited to an exclusive Vistage Speaker Workshop:
How the Alignment of Core Value Adds Dollars to the Bottom Line Lynn Taylor, Taylor Protocols
Wednesday, November 307:30am-9:30amFircrest Golf Course, 1500 Regents Bld., Fircrest, WA  98466 RSVP: The power of leadership comes from the alignment of one's core values and team members to real business issues and tasks. In this highly interactive, ROI workshop, Taylor demonstrates how each CEO's innate and unchanging core values are the source of personal and business effectiveness. Each attendee will take away a set of job ROI analyses that will enable you to more effectively position your individual employees into right fit business roles.  You will leave knowing how to multiply your bottom line profits.
Lynn Taylor is chairman, president, and CEO of Taylor Protocols, Inc. For more than 18 years, Taylor has led the turnaround effort in more than 200 companies w…

Join us for an exclusive private advisory board gathering

Join the CEOs, exectuves and business owners of CE 4482 as a special guest at their November group meeting.  At this event you will get an inside peek at the South Sound's first private advisory board for CEs and hear from guest speaker Eric Coryell.  Speaker: Eric Coryell
Creating and Leading Accountable Teams
Conventional wisdom says that teams outperform a group of individuals.  Reality, however, has proven that this is only the case if the team is functional and accountable.
Prior to starting up his own firm in 2007, Eric Coryell was hired on as president to accelerate the growth of Diamond Cut, a start-up company in Mequon, WI.  He played various roles in helping HUI transform itself into a highly successful team-based custom metal fabricator, and he was president of EWC, a manufacturer of medical interconnect systems headquartered in Pewaukee, WI.  He now dedicates his time to helping organizations engage their employees through strategic alignment, leadership development and …
The Vistage South Sound CE group is pleased to welcome Barry MacKechnie as our guest speaker for our April meeting.  Barry is very highly rated Vistage speaker who leaves attendees with a blueprint for getting their organization to achieve its strategic goals and with clearly defined steps to align 100% or their company’s effort to achieving these goals. 
This three-hour workshop takes the CEO through Barry MacKechnie's blueprint process for creating an "aligned company." A strategically aligned company is one that has 100 percent of its employees working on deliverables that when successfully completed will contribute to the company reaching and exceeding its strategic goals. This highly interactive workshop demonstrates to CEOs how they can lead their executive team through the process of creating their own strategically aligned company. Barry augments discussions with information drawn from the actual results from more than 300 clients in order to demonstrate the powe…
As CEO and then owner, of my company I wondered where I could find others that would help me grow my company successfully without the hidden agenda of salaries, job security, fees, etc.  Twice I had associates tell me of Vistage and in 2008 I became a member.  I still am.  Vistage membership has provided a place to process difficult decisions and to continually learn with other CEOs who have no other agenda than to support me and help me be successful.  

In January I launched the first South Sound Peer Advisory Group for Vistage International with 7 other leading CEOs.  If you are interested in learning me, I would like to meet with you for 30 minutes to introduce myself and tell you more about how Vistage can benefit you and your company.