Scale-Up Programmes

Vistage

An organisation which has been running private peer advisory groups for MDs/CEOs and Executives throughout the world since 1955. Worldwide, it currently supports over 22,000 business leaders – including nearly 1,500 in the UK.

At the core of the Vistage approach is the peer advisory group. Members are carefully selected and invited to join each locally-based peer advisory group. They meet monthly for a whole day with a dozen other business leaders led by a Vistage Chair, who acts as group facilitator and coach and are recruited for their business background, scaleup knowledge and experience. A Vistage Chair has on average 21 years of MD/CEO or P&L ownership experience and undergoes at least 126 hours of specific training before they start to support members.

From the start Vistage developed an approach for group meetings that allow members to help each other solve challenges, evaluate opportunities and explore effective strategies in a safe and confidential environment. The group and the Chair then hold each other to account for delivering on the commitments made.

In addition to the benefits of the peer group, members also have access to expert speakers and thought leaders presenting within a small group setting, monthly private one-to-one coaching/mentoring sessions with the Chair, and networks to build connections based specific industries or special interests. Furthermore, online resources containing the knowledge and insight of the international Vistage community plus wider research, tools and data are available through My Vistage.

A 2017 analysis revealed that companies that joined Vistage over the past five years had grown 220% faster than equivalent companies. The feedback from members is very positive – 88% of UK CEO members state that Vistage is more valuable than any other source available to them to increase their knowledge and ability to excel and one-third of new members are a direct result of referrals from existing members.

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If you know any national or local scaleup programmes that you want to recommend as a potential case study for the Institute to consider please do get in touch: info@scaleupinstitute.org.uk

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