Nov 7 2012

How do You find Energy and Clarity?

Recently I received this message in my inbox.

“Scott, thanks for injecting energy and clarity into our purpose for meeting!”

I am a co-facilitator of a Leadership Lab with next generation business family executives.  It is a privilege to work with leaders striving for a lasting legacy in family and business.  A Leadership Lab exists to build on competencies through clarity in the strengths of its members and high expectations of each other.

Why does peer coaching in Leadership Labs accelerate development, resulting in high-level performance?

Leadership Labs offer real time solutions based on the best practices of the collective gathered.  Therefore, it matters if you are in the room, be it, virtually or physically.  One must show up to participate in the conversation and benefit from the best practices shared.

“Conversation is how we humans think” – Margaret Wheatley

Thinking seems to be a luxury, be it critical, process, design or reflective.  Thinking produces better outcomes, and thinking with the wisdom of a group who understands the natural complexities of business families, a Leadership Lab, leads to better results. Next generational leaders are faced with complex problems on a daily basis. The future of a great leader can be created one conversation at a time.

Why do I need a peer group if I have the Internet, friends, and colleagues? 

The problem with too much information or advice is that it blocks the decision-making process. Making choices through adaptation to the ever-changing environment a business family leader is in on a daily basis becomes a muscle that is strengthened in a Leadership Lab.

Why is it necessary for next generation family business members to have facilitated coaching in these groups?

This is necessary for dynamic and great leaders to emerge.  The emergence’s happens through listening, naming, and awareness, this is the process of clarity.  Information and data are vital in making good choices, but most decisions are made in the grey space.  With our developmental process of guiding values and vision based on purpose, most leaders start to avoid the necessary hard decision when clarity is not provided over time.  Because the space is so grey, they stop leaning into the awkward and uncomfortable moments in their business family.

The future of great leaders will be discovered through listening: scientifically, empathetically and generatively, to real time stories from colleagues, employees and family members.  What are you listening to? Do you receive counsel and criticism in a mutually supported, safe environment? If not, contact us to learn more about our Leadership Labs.

by Scott Hackman, Family Business Advisor, Delaware Valley Family Business Center

Join us at our November 14 Family Business Dinner where Scott will be facilitating the Learning Community discussion on “Leadership in Legacy Families”.

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