Family Business Forum 2007 Program Schedule

2007 Program:
Continuity and Harmony in the Family Firm


Strategic Sales Management and Leadership Workshop
Thursday, March 22, 2007 • 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Jim Barnoski, Sandler Sales Institute

The mission of this seminar is to teach and coach the skill sets essential for leading a team to the over achievement of its business goals. Building top-notch teams, increasing profitability,growing market share and attaining industry leadership are all results that should be expected from talented leaders. Attendees will discuss key tactics to reach these goals and greatly benefit the overall health of their businesses management program.

The Next Generation: Its 8 Biggest Challenges
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 • 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Greg McCann, CPA, JD, Family Enterprise Center, Stetson University

Is it your intention for the family firm to continue ownership with the next generation? If so, have the senior and junior generations crafted a vision to get there? Based on a holistic approach and over a decade of working with next generation successors, McCann will address the eight most significant challenges facing the next generation of a business owning family. Each of the eight challenges will be discussed, along with examples, consequences of ignoring them and strategies to overcome them.

Radical Collaboration: Improving Internal Communications
Thursday, June 14, 2007 • 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Karen Glendinning, Center for Context

Every family business has to make business decisions practically every day. The question is how to do this in a collaborative, harmonious way. Building on the February session, this interactive program will explore the techniques of Radical Collaboration — how we achieve effective, results-oriented communications within the family and the company. Ms. Glendinning will explain and demonstrate this research-verified process of overcoming conflict and resolving problems with an attitude of cooperation that leads to mutual success.

Successor President’s Discussion
Thursday, October 18, 2007 • 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Speakers: Family Business Forum Members

Business succession is an issue that affects all family businesses. Some are successful, but many, unfortunately, are not. In a follow-up to our May session, this panel of members of the Forum’s successor generation will discuss their experiences of “taking the reigns” of their family firms. Attendees will gain knowledge on the succession process from an insider’s viewpoint — what has worked, what has not and gain insights which may help their own businesses in the future.


Unforeseen Issues: Tough Topics in Family Business Transition
Thursday, November 15, 2007 • 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Speakers: Experts from the Forum Sponsors

Most experts agree that family firms must start their succession planning early so that they can be prepared for all circumstances. By taking proactive steps, the family can explore the many options and decide exactly what needs to be accomplished. Sometimes, because of illness, unexpected death or other unforeseen contingencies, transition must take place earlier than expected. This session will deal with planning, legal and financial instruments that should be in place in every family business — wills, trust, financial plans, buy-sell agreements, etc. — in order to protect the family survivors and the business.

Holiday Cocktail Party
Thursday, November 28, 2007 • 5:30–8 p.m.

How Change and Inquiry can lead to Performance Excellence
T. Waldmann-Williams, PhD, TWW Consulting
** Date to be rescheduled

To continually achieve Performance Excellence, organizational learning and continual improvement is a constant.  The Malcolm Baldrige criteria integrates the key drivers of organizational performance management within one holistic framework.  Members will begin to examine their own organizations examining with issues including organizational profile; leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results.  Dr. Waldmann-Williams will lead this discussion and learning, and will give members important tools that can be continued to use to optimize personal and professional performance.


For More Information

If you are interested in attending an upcoming session as our guest or learn more about the Forum,

please contact us at 973-443-8880. More about the Institute at www.fdu.edu/rothman.