Now and then we have a guest who really knows how to pack a boat-load of insight into a short conversation. Jay McDonald, a serial entrepreneur, serial CEO and currently a Vistage Chair in metro Atlanta is one of those guests. The fact that he cleared all the hurdles to qualify as a Vistage leader all by itself establishes his credibility.
If you are the least bit intrigued by the value Vistage can provide to you as a CEO, you’ll hear an outstanding summary. Think in terms of working closely with a group of “agenda-free truth-tellers” combined with great speakers, independent thinking to process tough issues and relief from some of the “loneliness at the top.”
You’ll also get energized by Jay’s outlook for entrepreneurship. He sees lots of available capital for well-though-out, good ideas backed by a solid business plan. Information technology enables a strategy with global scope and there is plenty of management talent out there ready to get in the game.
And it gets better! As I have, you’ll want to listen repeatedly to Jay’s riff on what strong leadership is all about, Openness, candor, humble self-confidence, assuming responsibility, credit-giving, listening, open-mindedness, authenticity, walking around sense, intelligence, a sense of humor, lifelong learning… Wow!
Finally, proving that he too has a great sense of humor, Jay, with a gleam in his eye, shares his philosophy on how to “Lie, Cheat and Steal” your way to success.