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Thinking Outloud

Thoughts on succession, leadership coaching, building synergistic teams and change management systems for family businesses and organizations.

Understanding the Languages of the Tiger and the Swan

Understanding the Languages of the Tiger and the Swan

Many business leaders find themselves asking, "Why can't it be easier? Why is it so hard for us to make decisions together and get some of the simplest things done?"

Whether your company is a professional firm, family-owned business or manufacturer, people with different communication styles can get tied into knots working together. That in turn challenges productivity and everyone's desire for a harmonious environment.

I have discovered metaphors are an easy way to demonstrate why people are…

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Being in Change

Being in Change

At the end of 2015, our partnership with a firm was brought to an end, after mutually determining it was no longer a strategic alliance, and we ventured out independently as Victorio Consulting in 2016. The decision to be an independently owned and operated consulting firm was not made lightly or quickly. Not to mention we didn't have any money to fund the transition - although we tried our hardest to forge new partnerships, it was up to us to make it all happen in real time. We were in the…

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Getting into the Family Business, Part 2

Getting into the Family Business, Part 2

Acquainting Yourself With the Family Business

If your business has been in the family for even one generation, there is a good chance you spent many summers working with Mom or Dad, doing odd jobs here and there. For me, it started with shredding paper, stickering marketing materials, and putting together binders for conventions. As I got older, the responsibilities and tasks shifted into an administrative focus. Or as I saw it, all of the boring stuff: typing notes, ordering supplies, filing,…

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Relevant EQ and How it Helps Us Be Fully Present

Relevant EQ and How it Helps Us Be Fully Present

The odds of finding an evening of improvisation at a Buddhist monastery is not very likely. Although they are living in the moment, most of the working world is not capable of being in the moment 24/7. So for us Workaday Joes, it becomes clear that we recognize and choose the moments when working to make ourselves fully present. This is what we call Relevant EQ. What is Relevant EQ and how does this help us be more creative together?

Our workplaces are not always filled with people of our…

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How to Successfully Bring your Kids into the Family Business

How to Successfully Bring your Kids into the Family Business

Is your son or daughter aspiring to be your successor? What are some things you can do to make this a successful succession? What are the mistakes to avoid when trying to make your son or daughter your successor?

As a succession coach who has advised multi-generational family businesses on how to successfully bring the next generation into their business for 25 years, and as a business professional who's daughter has been working in our business for nearly 10 years, I would like to share a few…

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Getting into the Family Business, Part 1

Getting into the Family Business, Part 1

The Importance of Education

From the moment I learned what college was at 4 years old, I knew I wanted to go and learn how I can help others. My propensity towards higher learning and a desire to be a part of something bigger gave me an unshakable set of goals. Knowing a mandatory pre-requisite for working with mom was obtaining a college degree, I structured my learning to be relevant to the business and the role I would eventually play within it. It also gave me purpose, as I was finally old…

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Casting for Business Success - Building your Dream Team

Casting for Business Success - Building your Dream Team

If you have qualified job candidates with equal experience who interviewed well, how do you know who to choose? Which candidate will be the best fit? Which candidates will most likely enhance, empower or could disrupt your current team?

The culture is critical anytime there is a personnel change, whether hiring, promoting or planning for succession.

Many business leaders are turning to PDP Personality Styles surveys to understand how people naturally perform and to make sure there is a good…

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Thoughts from a Higher Perspective

Thoughts from a Higher Perspective

I think we can all agree that our country (and the world) is experiencing a great disruption. If you have been meeting with clients over the last month, you know that people are upset, anxious and feeling the rush of cortisol we have learned about, that moves us out of our logical thinking and into our fight or flight reflex. There are many wise coaches and thought leaders posting on social media, encouraging us to stay centered in remembering who we are and not to fall prey to fear, anger and…

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