Gary Lockwood is the creator of CEO Coaching, Vistage, among others. He specializes in helping Chief Executives, entrepreneurs and business professionals achieve breakthroughs in their business. He prefers to work with positive- thinking, forward-looking, success-oriented people who run small-to-mid-size companies.
In this interview, Gary shares his entrepreneurial journey and how he helped many CEOs achieve growth in their own respective companies. Despite his busy life, he sees to it that he is a good role model to his sons, grandchildren, and of course, clients. Find out what more he can teach you in the following paragraphs. Don’t forget to connect with him on Twitter!
I first got interested in being an entrepreneur in the early 1980s while I was in the banking software business. I attended lots of seminars and workshops and noticed that the person on stage seemed to be having lots of fun and making lots of money. So, I quit my job, bought a franchise, and started a seminar company, teaching businessespeople how to manage their priorities more effectively.
Vistage is only one of the services I offer. My primary service is CEO Coaching. In other words, helping people who run companies to discover ways to grow their business, make more money and have more fun. My advantage is that I’ve worked with over 200 CEOs for over 30 years and have an average engagement of more than seven years. Mreils are at CEOSuccess.com.
A typical day includes one-on-one appointments with 2-3 CEOs. In these one-on-one appointments, we are exploring ways to get better results from the business, long-term and short. I make it a point every day to have a great breakfast so I have energy to give to my clients.
One of the biggest mistakes (there have been many) was hanging on to toxic clients too long because I thought I needed the money. I have learned that I am happier and more productive when I’m working with people whom I like and who resonate with me.
To a great extant, it’s my desire to be as good a role model as I can be for my sons and my grandchildren (and my clients).
Pay most attention to Cash, People and Processes.
Quite a few. Dropbox, Google Apps, Things, 1Password, Tripit, Notability.
Mostly to strengthen the balance between work, leisure and family.
Find a mentor or coach and a peer group of other entrepreneurs to help you see what you can’t see and who can challenge your thinking.