Conflict and the Family Business
You would not believe how hard it is for many owners who are currently running a printing business to sit down and willingly talk about how they will transition the company and, in time, step aside. I understand this is hard…as this is the company they built or helped build. However, a company must have a life of its own and making time for such strategic planning is vital.
Again, many family run printing companies have no formal plan of how future transitions will work. Oftentimes, the upcoming generation sees things that need to be done, but the current generation is not eager to listen. In contrast, the generation running the company feels that younger generations do not appreciate all that has been built and/or is not ready to take over the company. This is where the conflict comes in. My firm specializes in mediating such family conflict and helping a variety of family members come to an agreement on the now and future of the company. This can be done, and is working quite well for those family run companies that desire and commit to overcoming constant conflict.
So, where has your family printing business been? Where is it now? Where is it going? Do you have the right people (family and non-family members) on the team? Have you had an objective party analyze your talent, culture and structure? Could you use an outside perspective from someone who has been there and sees such businesses on a daily basis? If so, why wait to ask for guidance?
If you need legal advice, you call your attorney. With complicated financial matters, you contact your CPA. When your press goes down, you call in an expert. So when the very future and family members of your printing company are not on the same page, what should you do? Simple; call an expert that specializes in human relations, conflict resolution and interpersonal communications.
Ryan T. Sauers has spent nearly 30 years running, leading or consulting with printing, graphics, promotional and visual communications-related organizations. Sauers is CEO of two companies, Sauers Consulting Strategies LLC and End Resultz Inc. that among other things, owns magazines and is a media firm. Key areas of focus of the firms include sales training, marketing strategy, personal branding, leadership development and organizational change.
Sauers is a frequent national speaker and columnist. He has been recognized as one of the top 80 CMOs globally and achieved the top designation of Certified Marketing Executive through Sales and Marketing Executives International.
Sauers is an adjunct university professor teaching leadership and communication courses to current and aspiring leaders. He is a Certified Myers Briggs, DiSC and Emotional Intelligence Practitioner (one of few in the U.S. to achieve all three rigorous certifications related to human communications, personality and behavior).
Sauers has completed his doctoral-level coursework in Organizational Leadership and is now (ABD - All But Dissertation) working on his dissertation on why some entrepreneurs and small businesses achieve initial and long-term success, whereas countless others do not.
Sauers is the host of the Marketing Matters radio show in Atlanta that later becomes a global podcast. He also is the host of the Community Connections TV show that comes out in video and podcast form. Sauers is the author of the best-selling books, Everyone is in Sales, and Would You Buy from You? More info at RyanSauers.com or call (678) 825-2049 or email Ryan@RyanSauers.com