Posts Tagged ‘family business’

Choosing Our Direction

Guest post by Samantha Fleming, Family Council, Shady Brook Farm Four years ago, my husband’s family’s business joined DVFBC in the hopes of finding great tools to become better leaders in their business. For much of that time, I have been a supportive observer with little or no role directly in the business. My time was…

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Celebrating Women

This weekend I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating (and being celebrated) for Mother’s Day surrounded by my family, including my dear Mom, sister, daughters, extended family AND grandbaby. Over the past 26 years, it’s been my sacred privilege to guide women (and men) as they climb their Family Business Mountains. These women are presidents, managers, co-preneurs, shareholders, board directors, wives,…

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Why All Leaders Need Emotional Intelligence

I love football. It’s been part of my life as long as I can remember. Growing up with a father who roots for the 49ers in my home state of California, I distinctly remember us speaking the name Joe Montana in hushed tones. While I personally am not a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles –…

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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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An Uplifting Leader: Marcella Kanfer Rolnick

This year, we are so pleased to welcome Marcella Kanfer Rolnick as the speaker at our November 16th Dinner Forum. Marcella is a third-generation Vice Chair at GOJO Industries, Inc., the inventors of PURELL Hand Sanitizer. The GOJO Purpose of Saving Lives and Making Life Better Through Well-Being Solutions drives every decision their Family Enterprise…

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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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Navigating Transitions

I love learning and providing opportunities for others to enhance their lives, their families, and their businesses. On March 24, we held a Mini-Conference that featured a keynote from Travis Sheetz, G2 VP of Ops at Sheetz, as well as six Breakout Sessions. These mini-sessions focused on topics such as governance, generational transitions, leadership, HR,…

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2016 Annual Review – Growing Awareness, Acceptance, and Resiliency

For the past several years I have guided leaders through a process of letting go during their Annual Review (see link below to download). We start by reflecting on the past year. This involves asking each other several questions: “What change happened in myself, my relationships, and my business?” “In what ways did I experience…

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The Roger Federers of Family Business

A few months ago Ted Spiker interviewed David Epstein, a sports science journalist and author of The Sports Gene, about what parents can do to help their kids develop into better athletes. The research, Epstein says, is a bit counter-intuitive. Many parents and coaches today focus on specialization – playing only one sport as early as possible…

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Buy-Sell Agreements: Why Now is the Time to Plan for Life’s Storms

Guest post by Paula Barrett, DVFBC Sponsor, CPA/ABV, CVA, partner and leader of RKL’s Business Consulting Services Group Come hear Paula and a panel of experts on Protecting your Legacy from the Four D’s on October 23 for more on coordinated crisis planning. As consultants, we have the opportunity to work with countless business owners…

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