Family Business Strategic Plan

5 Ways to Keep Your Family Business Innovative

“One of the first things we lose as our companies grow is our innovative and entrepreneurial thinking – here’s how to gain it back”

As our businesses grow we struggle with the balance between being too hands-on and too far removed from the operations of the business. We’re encouraged to delegate and develop employees, which tends to draw us further away from the hands-on more entrepreneurial tasks of the business. In it’s extreme form, delegation can feel like we are just “managing managers”. Conversely, being too-hands on, pulls us away from thinking strategically, because we’re too caught up in the day-to-day routine tasks of running the business.

In our family business our parents encouraged us to reach out for new ideas by continuing to learn and meet with people outside of our industry. How do you “keep entrepreneurial” even as your business grows more corporate and formal? More…

ADVISORY BOARDS: Not Just for Big Companies Anymore.

DO YOU EVER catch yourself saying, “why change, we’ve always done it this way” or “I mentioned that idea before, but no one listened” and “I wish we could do this, but it would hurt his feelings?” As small businesses, we have a unique ability to make clear- cut decisions and not get caught up in the bureaucracy. Unfortunately, this same advantage also goes against us, when we are faced with growing the business and making critical decisions. Everything works well when we are in agreement with each other about the strategic direction of the business. But when we are not on the same page, we get bogged down making decisions and deciding on the direction of the business, because our personal feelings often get in the way and impede us. More…