Peer Advisory & Executive Coaching Blog

Don Battis

Don Battis

As a Vistage Chair, I help people who run businesses figure out what to do-- and get them to do it. If you run a business and you'd like to understand what that feels like, try a complimentary 90 minute one-to-one working coaching session.

Recent Posts by Don Battis:

CEOs, Your Company Culture Is Exactly The Way You Designed It!

The leader owns the company culture - for better or worse.



Do You Have the Courage For A High Performance CEO Group?

The way to high performance and big achievements is to push yourself out of your comfort zone.  

Topics: CEO Peer Advisory

How to Lead Your Company Through an Industry Crisis

How a NH Travel Agency CEO Survived the Biggest Industry Disruption

Topics: CEO Peer Advisory CEO

Do CEOs Learn More From Peers Or Harvard Business School Professors?

Everybody tells you, "The first 5 years are the hardest!" (Don't believe them- it never gets any easier.)  But after surviving our startup struggles , I was stuck and needed help.

How CEOs Can Keep Holiday Spirits High When Cash Is Tight

What could we do to celebrate the holidays but conserve our precious cash?

The Holiday Season presents small business owners with an array of stressful situations, particularly when cash is tight.

How Do Successful CEOs Perfect Their Key Leadership Skills?

Lori Smart, President of Smart Assistive Technologies, LLC launched her company before she even graduated from college. Now she leads one of the Fastest Growing Women-Led businesses in New Hampshire.

Recently I asked Lori if she would share some of her secrets.  Here they are.

Topics: Executive Coaching Tips & Tricks

One CEOs Mulligan Story

What’s a decision you made in the last year that you regret?

This is a question I often ask CEOs and business owners.In a friendly game of golf, sometimes a player is allowed to do a shot over without penalty.The game is scored as if the first errant shot had never been made. Golfers call that a Mulligan or a Do-Over. 

Wouldn’t it be great if CEOs could take a Do-Over? 

Topics: Executive Coaching Tips & Tricks

Executive Coaching Tip - When Leaders Put Their People First, Great Things Happen.

When leaders make the choice to put the safety and lives of the people inside the organization first - to sacrifice their own comfort and sacrifice their own tangible rewards - remarkable things will happen.

Topics: CEO Peer Advisory

Vistage Member Saves $1/4 Million at His Third CEO Peer Group Meeting

That one nugget paid my dues for over a decade!

I was brand new to Vistage. The number one reason why I joined Vistage is I didn’t have any time and I knew my life was out of balance. It’s actually really interesting because it’s the number one objection you Vistage Chairs get. That’s the number one reason most people join CEO peer groups, is they don’t have time.

Topics: CEO Peer Advisory

What's The Difference Between YPO and Vistage International?

The concept of CEO Peer Advisory Groups has been around since Harvey Firestone, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison started meeting regularly. They bounced ideas off each other and offered help and advice so that they all might become more successful.  

Here's a factual comparison of review, rating and prices comparisons between YPO & Vistage International. Two of the largest CEO Peer Advisory Groups are YPO: Young Presidents' Organization and Vistage International

Topics: CEO Peer Advisory