While every family is unique and the services we provide are customized to the values and culture of each family, everything we do is built on our 5 MOUNTAIN® Model.
Growing out of her work with business families over the span of 15 years, Sally developed our 5 MOUNTAIN® Model, which provides a common language, clear boundaries, and a proven process to separate overlapping, the confusing family and business roles, and plan for the journey ahead.
A successful family business journey requires a commitment to the continuous development of the Family, Shareholder, Board, Management, and Advisor teams, as well as each team member. And a commitment to lean into awkward conversations and be open to unexpected outcomes. The journey takes courage, compassion, and forgiveness.
We guide you every step of the way.
5 MOUNTAIN® Model
For Family Businesses
Primary responsibilities of each mountain team:
Family Team: meaningful connections, individual and family development, and clear expectations and education regarding the family and the business
Shareholder Team: speak with one voice about mission, vision, values, and goals, and elect a Board of Directors
Board Team: balance goals of the shareholders with the needs of the business and select and evaluate top executive
Management Team: deliver goals approved by the Board by developing/implementing sustainable strategic plans, teams, and systems
Advisor Team: coordinate and collaborate to support the business and family