It Can Be Lonely at the Top of a Family Business

“Leading a family business can sometimes feel lonely and isolating”

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, recently mentioned in an interview that leading Apple “is sort of a lonely job”. He mentioned the importance of seeking outside advice, and whom he turns to when he does. One example included calling Warren Buffett. I’m assuming you don’t have “Warren Buffett’s” number in your phone contacts, but think of whom you might have outside of your company. More…

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…