Every leader surrounds themselves with advisors. We have all had mentors throughout our lives whose lessons have given us our ethics, values and acumen. Whether it be a parent, teacher, clergy or Dutch Uncle, our mentors have shaped our abilities to think, reason and solve. If we are fortunate enough to have some of those […]
Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots Conference
Please join us as we honor this year’s MICHIGAN’S ECONOMIC BRIGHT SPOTS Corp! Magazine is once again looking for Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots. These companies have continued to grow in economic growth, expansion, and are hiring Michigan’s brightest talent. Companies are able to nominate year after year if they have continued to grow. Deadline for […]
‘Business is Business’ and Family Dynamics
The ‘business is business’ mindset can be a problem in a family enterprise. The family dynamics factor in a family business is strength and a weakness, an opportunity and a threat. Six best practices are proposed.
How You Address Conflict is Key to Resolution
Conflict in a family business is normal. But it needs to be addressed and managed before it is allowed to dominate poor governance and ultimately destroy the business. The conflict paradigm is one protocol that works well with many work groups.
It’s Not the Money – It’s How Much!
The accounting function of a business should measure more than profit and equity once a year. It should provide a service for management to help determine how money was made and how equity can be increased.
It is Personal – Very Personal
Originally published in CorpMagazine.com October 8, 2015 One of our most common catch phrases these days is, “It’s not personal.” I’m not sure what that means, or where it came from? It seems to be some action taken by someone else that clearly affects your life, but you aren’t supposed to take it personally. Anything […]
To Keep or Sell the Family Business?
The recent sale of two southeast Michigan iconic family businesses to large national companies brings up a great topic: Should you keep or sell the family business? Hiller’s Markets on the west side of Metro Detroit recently sold its boutique chain of seven markets to the largest grocery market chain in the country – Kroger. […]
How to Measure Your Family Business
Family business research is scarce at best. So when new data comes out, it is always good to see how your family enterprise compares. It’s not that there is a right or wrong, but there is research that suggests “best practices” for family firms. We will look at more on that a bit later. First, […]
Succession from the Successor’s Perspective
Have you ever wondered how succession looks through the eyes of the successor(s)? Plenty has been written about “how to” for the exiting seniors, but little has been said about how this looks and feels from the next generation in a family enterprise. Here are 5 best practices to mitigate conflict and smooth the way for the next generation.
Don’t Overdose Businesses With Sibling Rivalries
Sibling rivalries can leave families ruined and businesses destroyed. To avoid sibling rivalry overdose, families and businesses need to establish “best practices.”