Posts Tagged ‘self-awareness’

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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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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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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Balancing Work Around Summer Schedules

I have to admit, this is an ironic topic for me to write about. First, because my work hours are cut in half during the summer thanks to the flexibility of DVFBC honoring the fact that I have kids home from school. Therefore, I do actually have more time for balance. Secondly, though, this blog…

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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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Just a Spoonful of Sugar

I have a soft spot for girly movies. OK, you’re right, I am a girl! And while I also do love a movie that makes me laugh out loud, every once in a while I like to snuggle up with some tissues and a good tear-jerker! Surprisingly, Saving Mr. Banks, Disney’s movie about the production…

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Tips for “Building Family Muscle” this Summer

Family vacations provide a unique opportunity to “build family muscle” in ways that will not only enhance family relationships but also improve the challenging odds of transitioning your enterprises to future generations. Over the last 20 years of working with multi-generation business families, I continue to observe that families who do well in life AND…

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