Over our 27 years in business, we’ve encountered every business problem. We found that, while the industries and their circumstances change, some commonalities and solutions apply to all businesses—even more so for family-owned businesses.
We focus on implementing Systems-Based Leadership, to empower owners and employees with the tools and structures needed for success.
Whether you’re a small business or a larger enterprise grappling with workforce challenges, our approach creates a workplace where everyone shares a common vision, takes responsibility for success, and takes action to make it happen.
Family-owned businesses account for 63.1 percent of all private sector firms in all of Canada, and generate almost half of Canada’s real GDP in the private sector, $574.6 billion. They also employ 6.9 million people across the country—equivalent to 46.9 percent of private-sector employment.
Getting to the source of what is happening in the business.
Collaboratively re-engineering the business and culture for optimal performance.
Engaging the whole team as co-creators in a dynamic process of experiential learning and systems improvement.
Applying the new systems, processes, ways of being, and measuring results.
Our approach is finely tuned to the distinctive characteristics inherent in the structure and history of these businesses. We harness the unique nature of family enterprises to support their transformation into well-run organizations grounded in system-based leadership principles.
Family businesses are small enough, typically fewer than 250 employees, to cultivate workplace environments of trust, transparency, and innovation. Cultural change, although possible, isn’t easy in organizations with thousands of employees.
It’s easier to dispel myths, and broad generalizations, and separate fact from fiction when talking about mom-and-pop businesses. Family businesses, the heartbeat of flourishing communities, are run by our neighbours. Problem-solving in every industry demands we get off the high horse of righteousness and get down to brass tacks–creating practical solutions with the people we work with.
Family businesses are a force to be reckoned with, maybe not individually but collectively. They make up approximately 98 percent of employer businesses in Canada. Substantial enough in numbers to spark economic growth through innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. That’s powerful!
Decision-making is centralized, owners can choose to cultivate environments where creativity, innovation and people can thrive. There’s zero tolerance for bureaucracy and political grandstanding. Owners can’t tax their customers to offset poor decision-making. The buck literally stops with them.
The stakes are high in business so there’s a bigger appetite for change. Profit is important but it’s not all about money. Important relationships break down when trust is lost. People grow apart, families become estranged. The longer the problem goes on the worse the situation gets. In order to stop the struggles from getting exponentially worse—family business owners can unlock trapped potential by implementing a balanced framework for Business Systems Design.
Relationships correlate in obvious ways. Family business owners have a vested interest in empowering their people to develop new skills, discover new possibilities and opportunities for action. When employee satisfaction and creativity goes up, business performance and profits increase. Thriving businesses sponsor youth sporting, donate to local charities, and volunteer as board members for not-for-profit organizations. Everyone wins when family businesses learn and grow stronger together.
Take a moment to discover how our adaptive framework can empower your organization. Our systems-thinking analysis is designed to produce custom-tailored systems-based leadership models for your organization. The Possibility Process is dynamic, adapting to your unique challenges. It seamlessly integrates with a values-based vision, drawing on real-time feedback from both internal and external forces in the economy and your market.
Just because you want a specific outcome for your life or business doesn’t mean you’re actually ready to make it happen in reality. We have a self-assessment quiz to find out if this kind of work is suited for you
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