Posts Tagged ‘speaking the truth’

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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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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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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Speaking the Truth in Love

Telling the truth is difficult under the best of circumstances. But in challenging times like the economy we now face, speaking the truth can be hard but necessary in any business. People have to be told that they are losing their jobs, or much anticipated new initiatives have to be put on hold. In a…

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