Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

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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Leaders Seek Heat

Baby chicks, seeds, and leaders. My husband, Ben, grew up on a farm in Michigan and when our children were small, he did not want his “townie” children to get too far from their roots. At different times, there were trays of seeds growing, with the help of a heat lamp, in our bedroom. On…

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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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Hard to be Happy

Again, one of my goals for Personal Development in 2018 is to do some kind of service work. It has been a goal for several years now. I firmly believe there is no better way to keep yourself grounded than by giving to others. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Somewhere along the way, we…

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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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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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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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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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