6 episodes

Robin Letchinger interviews family business leaders, family members, board members, shareholders, academics, family advisors, and authors to uncover the importance of family businesses and how to sustain them.

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Robin Letchinger interviews family business leaders, family members, board members, shareholders, academics, family advisors, and authors to uncover the importance of family businesses and how to sustain them.

    Raising the Next Generation: Instilling Values in Family Business Successors

    Raising the Next Generation: Instilling Values in Family Business Successors

    In this episode, Robin speaks with Jack and Scott Mitchell of Mitchell’s, a high-end women’s and men’s clothing boutique with locations all over the country. Jack is a 2nd generation member of the business, while his nephew Scott is 3rd generation. Together, they discuss: 

    Building personal relationships with customers 


    Integrating every member of the family into the business and connecting over shared values 


    How to prepare the next generation to take over successfully 


    The importance of communication and honesty 


    The principle of “business first, family second.”

    Listen to hear how Jack and Scott talk about "business first, family second" and how both family members and non-family leadership support and benefit from that approach. 
    Once again, the principles leading to family business success are great lessons that are not reserved only for family businesses. We welcome you to listen and share your thoughts with us as well.

    • 56 min
    Charlie Luck - Leading with Inner Will

    Charlie Luck - Leading with Inner Will

    Leading and operating through Core Values makes all the difference. In this episode, Charlie Luck, President and CEO of the Luck Companies, talks about the moment he came to recognize the importance of core values and how, after that moment, he helped his company identify and embrace its core values. The result was not just growth that had recently been elusive but a workforce with a heartfelt commitment to the company.

    • 49 min
    Josh Kanter - Utilizing a Family Office

    Josh Kanter - Utilizing a Family Office

    We often think that a family office is for the ultra-wealthy multi-generational family business. Is that true? Who really can benefit from a family office? When should you consider a family office? Do you need an independent family office or are there other options? What should you expect from a family office? Josh Kanter, who leads his own family office and works with others as well, answers these questions sharing some insightful and personal experiences in his conversation with Robin.

    • 51 min
    James Bly and an Approach to Strategy

    James Bly and an Approach to Strategy

    James Bly, the national practice leader of Ernst & Young LLP’s Family Enterprise Business Services, joins Robin to discuss the importance of strategy in guiding a family-owned business. Listen in on Robin’s engaging discussion with James as they cover when to develop a strategy, key elements of an effective strategy, what to anticipate looking forward, and how the EY Megatrends can provide guidance along the way.

    • 43 min
    Bill Hudson - Mixing Family Member and Independent Directors

    Bill Hudson - Mixing Family Member and Independent Directors

    In your family-owned business, should you have a board comprised entirely of family members or some mix of both family directors and independent directors? In this episode of the Family Business Leadership Podcast, Robin explores that question in her interview with Bill Hudson. Bill, whose company is H. D. Hudson Manufacturing Co., is an active member in his own family business’s multi-generational board and an independent board member on other families’ business boards. Bill and Robin discuss the importance of having independent directors on family business boards and how to navigate some of the family interests that often arise on such boards.

    • 40 min
    Dick Seaman and Family Business Stewardship

    Dick Seaman and Family Business Stewardship

    In this inaugural episode of Family Business Leadership, Robin Letchinger interviews Richard "Dick" Seaman as he introduces us to the concept of family business stewardship. Through his own experience and stories, Dick shares what it took to assume leadership of the family business at a young age after a family tragedy and then both grow it and prepare it to be managed by his children and grandchildren. Dick highlights the importance of a "stewardship" mentality, family education, and family communication. He also shares his experience with professional managers and leaders. Robin and discuss these topics that Dick also shares in his recent book, A Vibrant Vision: The Entrepreneurship of Multigenerational Family Business.

    • 51 min

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