In October of 2018, a group of Vistage Chairs independently put together a ChairVoice Survey to get input from the Chairs on a number of Vistage related topics.  115 Chairs responded, with respective tenures as follows:

  • 50% had been with Vistage for at least 15 years.
  • 71% had been with Vistage for at least 11 years.
  • 90% had been with Vistage for at least 6 years.

A number of topics were covered, including whether current Chairs would become Chairs if they were not already chairs.  See the details below:

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Q:  If you weren’t already a Vistage Chair, would you be willing to start over today including the process of building a group?

A:  Results are as follows:

  • Yes…….26.1%
  • No……..62.6%
  • Other….11.3%

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Here are Some of the More Interesting Comments:

  • Astounding to me that people are willing to spend money to see if they can get a job that may require 6 to 8 months before it generates revenue…
  • I have ceased recently because i disenjoy the recruitment process and have had enough after 20 years
  • The effort & costs don’t justify the meager financial return
  • In Florida as long as we are separately owned but never outside of Florida.
  • The prices are making membership prohibitive for SMBs
  • I’d just build a mastermind of my own with local talent as speakers.
  • Possible but with lot reservations
  • It is taking new Chairs far longer to build a group even with better training and a mentoring program. I would not invest the time for no first year return and little return the second year. That’s a problem that needs a solution if retiring Chairs are to be replaced with younger people.
  • Absolutely not. Many times in the past ten months, I have considered an exit from Vistage.
  • I’d probably be an EOS Implementer. Much higher return.
  • Price to members is way too high. In six years the average price increase is 34.1% not the 18% management claims. Head in the sand.
  • Would be very frustrating
  • If I weren’t a chair, I wouldn’t know what I know and would still want to become a chair. A little like getting my Ph.D. Had I known all that it would take, I might not have done it.
  • I wouldn’t be willing to start again because Vistage has lost too much of what caused me to want to be a Chair to begin with.
  • The actual income has been about half what I expected. There is a lot more competition with other organizations and much more Chair saturation that I realized when I made the decision.
  • Not with the current corporate structure,metrics and compensation.
  • I’ve turned down requests to start a new group or take on a transition group.
  • No way. Split is grossly unfair to Vistage and Vistage is offending the membership by cutting costs that reduce service to the members.
  • The TEC vision has been obliterated.
  • Considering leaving at this time. Becoming increasingly disenchanted with  the treatment of chairs and speakers.
  • I have great concerns about the focus on EBITDA and the effect it is having on my members and their perception of Vistage.
  • Doing just that including recruiting Chairs to build groups. Driving San Diego crazy so all they can do is sue us.
  • No. After doing my due diligence I would realize that I could align with some ICF members, or EOS members, or Leadership Circle or a number of other coaching organizations and create my own group. I could learn from other groups that have a better financial split. I don’t need a big back office since so much can be done virtually to support me and help me run my group(s).