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After spending over 1,000 hours per year with CEO’s I have an observation, companies break in the middle. To build a healthy and growing company the middle must be strong and resilient.
— Tom Cuthbert, CEO Coach and Vistage Chair

Unlike other leadership programs that squeeze material into a few back-to-back days and leave implementation at risk, Vistage emerging leaders focus on one topic at a time to encourage mastery. Participants will be challenged to take the next step in their careers within your company, rather than seek outside opportunities. Develop a proven team of senior leaders equipped to take your company to the next level.

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The Vistage Emerging Leader Program prepares your rising stars to become your next generation of senior leadership. Under the guidance of Vistage Chair Tom Cuthbert, participants develop the core leadership competencies and confidence, empowering them to deliver on company goals.

High-potential employees tend to know their potential and will move on to another organization if they are not recognized, motivated, and challenged.
— Association for Talent Development
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The Vistage peer group experience


•       Facilitated by Vistage Chair Tom Cuthbert, group meetings are held every other month, with each meeting focusing on a single leadership competency to encourage mastery.

•       Top-performing managers and individual contributors collaborate with peers from inside and outside their companies toward the common goal of preparing for greater leadership roles.

•       Expert Vistage speakers lead interactive workshops on the 12 core leadership competencies.

Reinforced through mentorship

•       The Vistage Mentorship Framework empowers in-house senior managers to guide participants in on-the-job application of leadership competencies.

•       Participant’s Vistage Chair and peers serve as a sounding board for new work challenges and opportunities.

Simply adding a star performer to a team boosts the effectiveness of other team members by 5-15%. No wonder, then, that study after study shows stronger financial performance in companies that make proportionally greater investments in identifying and developing top talent.
— Harvard Business Review
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Emerging Leader Meeting and Speaker Schedule

September 6, 2018

Dr. Bill Crawford, "SELF-AWARENESS: The Neuroscience of Clarity, Confidence, & Creativity"

Program Description

As the title suggests, this presentation goes way beyond “stress management.” In fact, using my “Life from The Top of the Mind” system I will show participants how to access their clarity, confidence, and creativity by accessing a specific part of the brain.

In addition this presentation will show participants how to avoid the stress and frustration that gets in the way of good decision making by avoiding a specific part of the brain.  Dean Minuto (Past Vistage Speaker of the Year) describes this material as, “One of, if not THE MOST IMPORTANT, advances in personal and interpersonal effectiveness since Covey’s 7 Habits!”

This comprehensive presentation will show participants:

How to shift to the clear, confident, creative part of the brain even in difficult situations.

  • How to stay in this effective “mind set” regardless of the situation.

  • How to engage others in such a way that they shift from their "resistant brain" to their "receptive brain" so that they can truly hear and understand what you are wanting them to know.

Plus, this material will give you a better understanding of others stress and frustration so that you can help them bring their best to both their personal and professional life as well.

Value to members

Vistage members will:

Understand why many "stress management" techniques don't work and can even make the situation worse.

Learn new information about the true cause of our thoughts, emotions and behaviors.

Learn how to influence others by understanding how their brain processes information.

Learn how to shift into the "zone of productivity" by shifting to a certain part of the brain.

Speaker Biography

In addition to being named TEC Canada’s Speaker of the Year for 2016, Dr. Bill Crawford holds a masters degree and PhD in psychology from the University of Houston. He is also a licensed psychologist, author of seven books, and organizational consultant. Over the last 30 years, he has created more than 3,500 presentations for such organizations as Sprint, Shell, The American Medical Association, PBS and many other organizations and professional associations, both nationally and internationally. In addition, his two PBS specials have been seen by more than 15 million people, and he has been quoted as an expert in such diverse publications as The New York Times, Entrepreneur, The Chicago Tribune, Investor’s Business Daily, and Working Mother, just to name a few.


November 1, 2018


Meaningful Conversations | Presentation Skills | Motivating Others

Enhance your influence by projecting confidence and articulating a clear leadership point of view for maximum impact. Confidently motivate others to accomplish your company’s goals.


January 31, 2019


Focus | Results-Orientation | Time Management | Productivity

Develop excellence in execution by learning how to effectively link people, strategy and operating plans together while navigating through the complexity that can derail your plans. Cultivate habits that support, rather than hinder, your concentration and productivity.

April 4, 2019

Performance Management

Performance Reviews | Mentoring | Goal Setting | Conflict Resolution

Learn to recognize the potential in others, match talent to task, define and align performance goals, and handle difficult management situations with greater certainty.


June 6, 2019

Team Management

Building Effective Teams | Delegation | Empowerment | Meeting Facilitation

Gain a broader understanding of team dynamics, managerial best practices and the role of the manager. Learn the principles that will motivate employees, strengthen trust, and build a cohesive and constructive team.


August 1, 2019

Business Finance

Financial Objectives | Key Metrics & Ratios | Financial Drivers | Key Performance Indicators

Understand the key metrics and financial drivers for your business. Learn new ways to think about strategy and how to communicate financial objectives more clearly with financial professionals. Learn how to track leading and lagging indicators as KPIs.


October 3, 2019

Executive Presence

Credibility | Authenticity | Clarity | Professional Influence

Learn to align your body language and word choice to articulate the greatest clarity of message and degree of influence. Identify your natural tendencies that distract from your message and obtain greater vocal variation, power and authenticity to enhance your leadership standing.

January 2, 2020

Personal Accountability

Resilience | Courage | Ownership Mentality | Efficacy

Identify victim thinking and adopt strategies for developing a personal accountability formula for success. Learn to communicate more effectively with internal and external clients in order to demonstrate professionalism, reliability, courage, and dedication to your work and to the people around you

February 6, 2020

Emotional Intelligence

EQ vs. IQ | Empathy | Listening Skills | Adaptability

Finding success in leadership requires emotional intelligence, and the higher you go in an organization, the more it matters. Learn techniques, strategies and an action plan to develop the emotional intelligence necessary to achieve maximum personal and business results.

April 2, 2020

Change Management

Leading through Change | Continuous Improvement

Learn the stages of concern that individuals experience when dealing with change and the reason why people resist change. Gain the tools needed to help make change comfortable or even exciting for your team.

June 4, 2020

Business Strategy

Vision | Design Thinking | Innovation | Strategic Planning

Learn to identify company strengths and weaknesses, evaluate competitive threats and opportunities, and develop sustainable competitive advantages. Understand the importance of strategic positioning and building a learning culture within your organization.

August 6, 2020

Customer Focus

Customer-centric Approach | Sales Management | Brand Ambassadorship | Customer Service

Identify steps to improve customer satisfaction by seeing your business through the eyes of your customers. Learn how to increase brand loyalty by embracing a customer-centric approach in the design of your business processes.

View updated meeting and speaker schedule at www.tomcuthbert.com/7300