Austin Business Community – Owners and senior executives, if the below speaker and/or content is of interest or could assist you, please join us at one of our morning speaker workshop sessions. RSVP as space is limited.

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After our April VES, meeting dates listed are for Vistage Business Owner Group CE4943, guest speakers in the morning with executive (members only) sessions in the afternoon.



January – Don Schmincke, “Discovering the Leader’s Code

February – Dan Barnett, “Make or Break Execution

April  VES- Dr. David Cook, “The Mindset of a Champion”, Alex Chausovsky, “Navigating the crest: Acute insights for improving decision-making

May – Balaji Krishnamurthy, “Developing Leadership Through an Intentional Corporate Culture”

July – “Rosey” Rosenberger, “Business Process Triage (Building self-healing, continuously improving processes and teams)”


August 15th – Speaker Workshop – Starts at 8:15am – 2 1/2 hours

Michael Canic, “Ruthless Consistency: Aligning Your Organization To Win…Or Else!”

Program Description

Results don’t happen by chance. They happen when managers create an environment that is uncompromisingly aligned with the strategic focus of their company. An aligned environment means people processes, business processes, and organizational structure. And it means alignment through the eyes of employees, not just through the eyes of managers.Dr. Michael J. Canic outlines in detail the “Strategic Alignment Model” and the four critical areas that need to be aligned for organizations to achieve results. Taking actual business problems from the Vistage group, he provides a methodology for diagnosing misalignments and gives practical suggestions for correcting them. Members can apply these tools and techniques to a range of business challenges including:

  • Strategy implementation
  • Organizational change
  • Workforce motivation

Value to Members and Guests: Members will leave with:

  • an understanding of what constitutes an “aligned environment” and why it is critical to achieving results
  • the ability to apply an “alignment template” and assess how well their company’s environment is aligned for results
  • a checklist of tools for remedying specific misalignments

Biography: Michael J. Canic, Ph.D., is the president of Bridgeway Leadership, an executive consulting firm that focuses on making strategy happen. He has helped hundreds of executives across North America achieve quantifiable results through a relentless focus on strategic alignment and execution. Canic earned a doctorate in the psychology of human performance from the University of British Columbia.


October 17th Speaker Workshop – Starts at 8:15 – 3 hours 

Pat Murray, “The Essence Of Leadership: The Inside Moves” 

Program Description:

Murray is provocative and interactive in his presentation on leadership. His approach to the topic is to structure the exploration of leadership issues and challenges through what he calls the “outside and inside moves.” The outside moves specify what the organization directly experiences in its interactions with the leader. The inside moves are the less visible, but more important, underpinnings of the outside. The inside moves are where the essentials are created that achieve that rare phenomenon – exceptional leadership. Key topics include:

  • Personal core purpose
  • Basic beliefs
  • Compelling mission/vision
  • Strategic priorities
  • Role
  • Reliable action and results

The program covers the analysis and synthesis of Murray’s eighteen years of experience working with CEOs. It captures his “givens” about leading a company and details the factors that make “great” leaders different and more effective.

Value to Members & Guests: Murray brings to light the deepest leader/follower dynamics – those things that leaders experience daily, but do not understand fully. Members will be given a conceptual framework with which to assess themselves and their companies. They will also be given, through concrete examples and handouts, a structured method for transforming themselves and their organizations.

Biography: Pat Murray is the founder of J.P. Murray and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in working with CEOs and top-management teams on leadership strategies and organizational alignment. Murray has consulted with hundreds of companies covering most of the major industry groups. Murray was selected as Vistage’s Speaker of the Year for 1991.


November 14 Speaker Workshop – Start time 8:15am – 2 1/2 hours

Eve Grodnitzky, “Mindset Changes Everything: The Art + Science of Success in Business and in Life”

Program Description:

Why do some of our employees embrace challenges, bounce back quickly from setbacks, take feedback well, and adapt easily to change – whereas other employees struggle to do these very same things? And (equally important) are these differences “hard-wired” – or are they something that we can change?

The answer lies in an understanding of a concept called “mindset,” originally described by research psychologist Carol Dweck. Mindset is the most fundamental way that we perceive, understand, and interact with ourselves, other people, and the world at large – and it can take two different forms: “fixed” or “growth.”

People with a fixed mindset believe that intelligence and skills are essentially innate (“fixed”) characteristics; you either have them, or you don’t. As a result, fixed mindset people often feel compelled to continually prove to themselves – and to others – how much innate intelligence and talent they already have. Unfortunately, this leads to a tendency to prefer working on things they’re already good at, and they can struggle if challenged to step outside their comfort zone – where they fear they might appear to be lacking in new or different skill sets.

By contrast, people with a growth mindset believe that “innate” intelligence and skills are significantly less important than effort and learning. They believe that it’s not how you start – it’s how you finish. And how you finish is largely determined by how hard you’re willing to work and how much you’re willing to learn. As a result, people with a growth mindset are less concerned with proving how smart, talented, and capable they already are – and are more interested in doing everything they possibly can to get better. They embrace challenges, show resilience in the face of setbacks, welcome feedback, and are undaunted by change.

The good news is that mindset itself is not “fixed”; it can be shaped at both the individual and the organizational level by focusing on three key factors. Understanding how to leverage these factors allows us to shift ourselves – and to help others shift – from fixed to growth mindset. Shifting to a growth mindset allows us – and our employees, our colleagues, our children and our partners – to perform at our best and to maximize our potential in every area of both our professional and personal lives.

Value to members & Guests: This session provides participants with a robust understanding of the differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset – and the ability to recognize the components of these mindsets in themselves and in others. Particular attention is also given to the specific steps that participants can take to shift from fixed to growth mindset – and how they can help others make this shift as well. At the end of the session, participants will (1) understand the value of shifting themselves, their employees/colleagues, and their organizations towards a growth mindset; (2) have the tools to make this shift at the individual and organizational level; and (3) have identified the first two specific steps that they, personally, can take to begin to make this shift.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Eve Grodnitzky is a psychologist by training – and an author, executive educator and professional speaker by choice. After obtaining her Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Michigan, she spent more than a decade working with several leading research and consulting firms, partnering with Fortune 500 and Global 1000 organizations on issues such as leadership development, performance management, employee engagement, and the attraction and retention of high-potential employees.


Please contact Ed with any questions about the 2018 Speaker Series.