What is privilege?

Nora Paller BizPie Blog

When you have privilege it is just your normal. There is no friction, no fear, nothing that concerns you. Lacking privilege, you feel injustice, then you become numb to it until something provokes you again–friction, fear, concern.

Achieving goals with “BE-DO-HAVE” exercise

Have you ever set a goal year after year and not achieved it? Losing 10 pounds shows up for many people as sure as the sun comes up in the morning. Why is that? For most of us, we know what to do, we just don’t actually do it because it is really hard, it […]

Revenue is for vanity, profit is for sanity…..

Vistage Speaker Doug Butdorf from Boost Profits grabbed my groups’ total attention when he said “revenue is for vanity,  profit is for sanity”. Then, he gave us strategy, and execution to be more profitable. Wow! How about this: do you have regularly scheduled meetings to discuss pricing? 2 hands went up. Do you have regular […]

Start Stop Continue

In Vistage, we commonly use the start, stop, continue exercise for feedback – from our peers in the peer group meetings or with our teams as a way to gain awareness of behaviors that make us easier/harder to work with.

Feral Invasive Species

At 5 am, the dog barks at the burros wandering down the street outside our hotel. Again, at 5:20, and every 20 minutes thereafter until we got up.  Cindy, the owner of the Atomic Inn in Beatty, NV, (just outside Death Valley National Park) described the burros as a feral invasive species.  I called them […]

Pulling together

Reports a month ago that China was asking Russia not to invade Ukraine until after the Olympics seemed far fetched.  And, the Ukrainians were telling us to stop making such a big deal out of Putin’s threats. Now, who knows how long and terrible this war will be? The loss of life and the destruction […]

Are you the CWO* of your company?

Many CEO’s that I work with as a Vistage Chair have a different reality from the title they show on their business cards. I call it the CWO- Chief “Whack-a-Mole” Officer.

Bossy girl or natural leader?

When I think of 10 year old Nora with long stringy brown hair and glasses, I remember being bored, physically and mentally restless and often speaking up with ideas for how things could be more interesting or more fun. Was I a bossy girl or a natural leader?

Going back to the office

Every Vistage group is having the same discussion: how/ who/ when to go back to the office?  Those who never stopped going in –  the essential in-person company leaders roll – their eyes. They have been masked up and in the office/field the whole time, but what about the rest of us????

unintended benefits of PPP money

Has anyone studied the actual uses of the Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans/forgiveness? Because the pandemic totally devastated approximately 20% of the economy in sectors like travel, events, hotels and dining, it is hard to imagine how these industries have survived, or how the PPP money could have helped them for long. If they are […]