Category Archives: Family Leadership

Does Your Leadership Inspire Others?

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” – John Quincy Adams Entrepreneurial leaders encourage entrepreneurial behavior and innovation in all that they do, which enables others to see … Continue reading

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A Lesson for Family Businesses from “March Madness”

You may not think of college basketball as a family business, but in a few rare cases it can be viewed through that lens. Take the McDermotts from Iowa. The father, Greg, is the head coach of the Creighton University … Continue reading

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Trouble in the Corner Office?

A recent Wall Street Journal article (At Family Firms, Do CEO’s Work Fewer Hours? by Rachel Feintzeig, Wall Street Journal Online, March 5th, 2014) referenced new research by professors at Harvard, London School of Economics and Columbia that measured family … Continue reading

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Leadership Transitions – The Power of a Date

Are you developing a successor for your position, with the objective of transitioning out in the foreseeable future? If so, you have likely experienced the apprehension and emotion associated with that process. We have worked with leaders who identify a … Continue reading

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Managing Change Successfully Means Changing Behavior Permanently Part 4 of 4

At the heart of a discussion about recognizing complexity and managing change in organizations is how to help people shift their behavior in positive ways – hopefully improving their own productivity and increasing the level of their own commitment as … Continue reading

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Managing Change Toolkit: Appreciative Inquiry Part 3 of 4

In keeping with the theme of change and complexity, it is well known that families who own and operate successful enterprises manage both of those at the same time and, it may seem, all the time. It isn’t enough to … Continue reading

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The Management of Change: Part 2 of 4

There seems to be so much written and discussed about change these days. From an increasing cultural acceptance of marriage equality to keeping up with the latest technology advances (that smart phone you bought last month is already outdated), change … Continue reading

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The Management of Change: Part 1 of 4

One of the fastest growing fields of study these days is the way Complexity Theory increasingly plays out in businesses and society. Originally, Complexity Theory was mostly used to describe mathematical problems according to their level of difficulty, which simply … Continue reading

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Managing the Whirlwind Mindfully

Leading in a family business is layered with complexity due to the integration of the family in the business environment. This complexity is highly rewarding but also stressful and challenging at times especially for family business leaders. When trying to … Continue reading

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Neuroscience and Family Business

Almost everyone remembers a time in childhood when they felt left out—the party they weren’t invited to, the snub by someone who was supposed to be a friend, the time they weren’t rewarded for a job well done, especially when … Continue reading

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