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Step out, refocus with peer group

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Focusing on the big picture, while keeping track of all the smaller moving parts, is a nonstop challenge for leaders.

That’s why Gigi Lee Chang, the founder of Plum Organics, is a fan of business network organizations such as Vistage (

Monthly meetings force her to take time out and gain some perspective, she says: “It is a ‘safe’ and structured environment to discuss our problems and also a reminder that we all fundamentally struggle with the same core business challenges.”

Her advice? Join one.
  1. Sign up for two or three, max. “It is important to participate as fully as you can in each organization.”

  2. Pinpoint groups that meet regularly (monthly is ideal) and have a structured calendar.

  3. Join organizations that have a membership fee. “It helps reinforce your commitment.”

— Adapted from “Taking Time to Develop Your Business Self,” Gigi Lee Chang, Inc.

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