Posts Tagged ‘communication’

Leading with Our Voices

As parents of 4 children, my husband and I have been very intentional about not “shushing” our children. If you are not familiar with the term, to be shushed is to be told to be quiet. We wanted our children’s voices to be heard. We didn’t believe in the old wives’ tale that a child…

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The Family Business Platinum Rule

Here’s my thesis: The Golden Rule can be confusing & unhelpful in the Family Business. First off, let’s not assume anything here. The Golden Rule is this: “Do unto others what you would want them to do to you.” Okay, now that we are on the same page, imagine a mother who is lactose intolerant.…

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Strong Vulnerable Teams

By Scott Hackman, Partner, Family Business Advisor We’ve been talking a lot about Brené Brown the past few weeks in our office and how to better create strong vulnerable teams. Her latest book is out, and I’ve been following along with her book club as they’re reading it. If you’ve been part of our community…

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Stepping Into Discomfort

Lessons Learned from Smashed Fingers In early spring I was co-leading an out-of-state Family Council Retreat along with one of my colleagues, Henry Landes. The first day as I exited through the large doors of the gathering room, I slipped my hand in between the heavy door and wall to catch it from banging the…

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Truth Isn’t a Magic Wand in Family Business

By Jared Byas, Partner & Family Business Advisor Two years ago I sat down with two sisters and a brother who were on a treasure hunt. They were convinced that this treasure would be the key to their happiness. What’s more, it would be the key to the problems they were facing as equal owners…

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Speaking Our Truths

By Scott Hackman, Partner, Family Business Advisor What an amazing Forum with John Engels at the Radnor Valley Country Club on May 23! I myself walked away from the event feeling both empowered to lead in mature ways, while a bit uncomfortable at the same time. Managing people challenges in the family business – and…

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4 Generations in the Workplace: How Can We All Get Along?

Guest post by Laura Chapman, Director, Lacher & Associates, DVFBC Premier Educational Partner How can we successfully manage and engage the multi-generational workforce? One important strategy is to engage the individual. Each of your employees has unique needs and goals. Each generation has unique characteristics and qualities. For example: Traditionalists (age 65+) are the oldest working generation…

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The Roots of Conflict

What are the real roots of conflict in our families and businesses? Communication? Values? Stress? Money? One of the tools we use here at DVFBC is the Interpersonal Leadership Styles (ILS) Assessment. I’ve always found these assessments difficult. I find myself analyzing each question and what the “right” answer might be. A recent Harvard Business…

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Communications 101

Communications should be easy, right? There are three simple elements: a sender, a message, and a receiver. We have the ability to quickly send texts, emails, phone messages, and even letters to get our message across. Much of the advice about good communication is basic and common sense — be clear, repeat the main point,…

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