What Business Leaders need to know during the COVID19 Pandemic





Small Business Resources

In light of the pandemic in the USA, I am adding a number of resources to this page that can be accessed by any business leader.

Let me know if you have questions about any of these by clicking here:

CARES Act and SBA loans: How businesses can leverage loan relief

Coronavirus Emergency Loan Checklist Guide – U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Guide to the CARES Act (PDF)

SBA loans: What you need to know

Leadership in a Pandemic-Chief Executive Magazine


Check back weekly for updates to this list.


In addition to our work in the Executive Search market, Dan also serves as a Vistage Chair here in the Nashville area.  He formed a CE group in 2018, consisting of firm CEOs, Presidents and Owners.   He will form a Key Leader group, consisting of senior level leaders in the first half of 2020.

Leading a business can be a lonely role.  You often have no one to confide in and there are few people you can turn to who understand the issues you deal with.  A peer group will provide you with a network of confidants you can trust and call upon who also lead businesses in a wide variety of business segments here in the region.

We meet as a group on a monthly basis and I also spent 1-2-1 time with each member every month.  

You can learn more about my current and future group by clicking here:

Learning Resources to Consider

In my Vistage work I am exposed to a variety of resources that I find to bring great value to my group.  Here are a few I think you might consider for your own personal growth:

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Dare to Lead by Brene' Brown

Why we Sleep by Matthew Walker 

Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss


What do Vistage members learn when they meet?

Here are just a few of the speakers we have learned from in the last 12 months:

Jimmy Blackmon:   Vision, Culture, Climate-Leadership!

Strategic leaders determine the azimuth for the organization - actually chart the path. To that end they primarily do four things:

  1. Provide vision - get the big ideas right
  2.  Communicate the big ideas effectively throughout the breadth and depth of the organization
  3. Oversee the implementation of the big ideas
  4. Determine how the big ideas need to be refined, changed, augmented, and then repeat the process over and over again.

Ken Stibler:  How to create a Tactical Plan to Engage the Millenial Workforce

Intentional Change is an interactive, hands on, skill-building workshop. Members are challenged to create a strategic plan for their organizations in order to become high performing teams. Three key areas are discussed in depth and include: Change, Framework for High Performing Teams and the Strategic Roadmap.

The audience is taken on a Journey to discover the Four phase of Change and how to make it work in their companies.

The concept of Frameworks for High Performing Teams is discussed in-depth. Activities and discovery around Behaviors and Employee Engagement are used to determine Gaps for each individual participant.

Strategies and Tactics are discussed and Best Practices by Deloitte and Gallup are reviewed and shared for use in Creating Individual Strategic & Tactical Roadmaps for each member company.

Gwen Resick-Rennich:  How do you Look and Sound as a Leader

Warren Buffet believes effective presentation and communication skills will increase your value by fifty percent. Executive Speech Coach Gwen Resick-Rennich couldn't agree more. Gwen will share tools with participants on how to project a more powerful presence through their delivery skills and body language. The techniques will be put into action through a compelling and entertaining workshop where each member, with time permitting, will receive one-on-one coaching. The members will be recorded on camera and the video played back so that each presenter can see where he/she gains power and where credibility is taken away. Then the coaching begins with Gwen using her talent to guide each member to a new level of confidence in a remarkably short time.