How I Can Help

I work closely with families-in-business, Boards, Family Councils and individual successors. My aim is to develop and deliver lasting value for the cultivation of family talent in your family. To do this I work with successors in five areas, to address key talent development issues:

How I Do It

Following an initial meeting to understand if and how we might work together, we will follow up and agree the terms of reference. The engagement will then turn to an assessment of the talent aspirations, needs and concerns of the family and a diagnosis on how these may be addressed.

Once presented in written form, we will jointly agree on our aims and decide on the appropriate way forward.

We will work together to achieve our agreed aims using a mix of the following five areas of talent development:

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Coaching

  • Coaching of individual Successors in an engagement of six sessions over a period of 6 to 9 months.
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Mentoring

  • Mentoring of successors in key family and/or company leadership roles, over a period of 9 to 18 months.
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Assessment

  • Design and oversight of practical activities to exert and test successor competencies and to assess and feedback on successor performance. Work shadowing and practical assessment.
  • Assessment and feedback on one-off projects, assignments.
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Planning

  • Working closely with the family, to facilitate and define the Family Talent Strategy and supporting Employment and Successor Policies
  • Design and agree with the family (Family Council, Ownership Board) a “well-managed, well-structured” family talent process, for ongoing success.
  • Identification and drawing up of a suitable induction plan for new joiners.
  • Input and advice on individual Successor Development Plans, to cover roles, goals, leadership development and effective feedback.
  • Development challenge and business plan writing support for Successors intending to initiate and follow through on an entrepreneurial venture.
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Facilitated Learning

  • Education content workshops to cover family business management, strategy, governance and leadership.
  • Design and present a “successor” learning strategy to cover the fundamentals of family business management, to include session types, content and outcomes.
  • Facilitation and “book-ending” of successor groups, to foster maximum engagement, individual and group learning.
  • Provision of information and articles to cover family business, career development and ownership with practical advice as a stimulation to self-directed action.