52 episodes

The Succession Stories Podcast is a show hosted by Laurie Barkman, Founder of SmallDotBig, discussing thought leadership and best practices for next generation entrepreneurs and multi-generational businesses. The show features interviews with family business leaders and industry experts to provide listeners with insights to grow their businesses, develop transition strategies, and lead for the future.

Succession Stories Laurie Barkman

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    • 5.0 • 34 Ratings

The Succession Stories Podcast is a show hosted by Laurie Barkman, Founder of SmallDotBig, discussing thought leadership and best practices for next generation entrepreneurs and multi-generational businesses. The show features interviews with family business leaders and industry experts to provide listeners with insights to grow their businesses, develop transition strategies, and lead for the future.

    Unpacking Fear | World's Toughest Race - Hal Riley, Captain Team Unbroken

    Unpacking Fear | World's Toughest Race - Hal Riley, Captain Team Unbroken

    Listen in to this special "What's Next" episode as Laurie Barkman talks with Hal Riley, team captain for the World's Toughest Race Eco Challenge in Fiji 2020.
    Hal led a team of disabled veterans and civilians who competed against 65 other teams to go across 400 miles of dense jungles, steep mountains, winding rivers, oceans and dangerous swamps. An incredible experience full of extra challenges.
    Hal shares many life, business and leadership lessons from the journey:
    - looking for moments to take chances even if you won't win
    - how not to pack your fears
    - decision making under stress and ambiguity
     
    Show Links:
    https://ecochallenge.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/halriley/
     
     
    Succession Stories Podcast is hosted by Laurie Barkman, CEO of SmallDotBig. Bringing entrepreneurs and business owners insights to grow your company and develop exit transition strategies.
     
    Learn how we can help you maximize enterprise value, create succession plans, and identify M&A strategies, visit: https://smalldotbig.com
     
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    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQIsTkq5fwerkhEovBUiJJA 

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Next Gen Corporate Innovation | Karen Norheim

    Next Gen Corporate Innovation | Karen Norheim

    Karen Norheim is the President of American Crane and Equipment Corp, a specialized manufacturing company, founded by her father. Karen shared her story as the next generation and how she’s taking the company to the next level. In early 2020, the company launched an Innovation Lab and has started to implement digital transformation technologies like IoT and virtual reality. One of Karen’s favorite sayings is to “Be comfortable being uncomfortable,” which has helped her find her way in challenging times. Listen in as Laurie Barkman talks with Karen about the importance of embracing disruptive change not only because of the pandemic, but as a way to invest in your future.
    Listen in to learn more about:
    Driving transformation by embracing and learning from disruption and change Aligning your sense of self, your beliefs and your profession Enhancing communication, collaboration, and productivity in today’s new normal Integrating digital transformation into business process  
    Show Links:
    Karen Norheim on LinkedIn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/karennorheim
     
    Youtopian
    https://youtopian.world/
     
    Connect with the show host, Laurie Barkman on:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauriebarkman/ 
    https://www.smalldotbig.com/ 
     
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    https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/succession-stories-podcast 
     
    YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQIsTkq5fwerkhEovBUiJJA 

    • 43 min
    Intersection of Technology and Psychology | Dr. JT Kostman

    Intersection of Technology and Psychology | Dr. JT Kostman

    Laurie Barkman talks with Dr. JT Kostman, CEO of ProtectedBy.AI and global expert in Artificial Intelligence and Psychology. JT's unique story began as a homeless nine year old in New York City. During the early part of his career, JT dedicated his life to rescuing others as a paramedic, deep-sea diver, police, and US Army Special Forces. Eventually, that led to a career using data intelligence to protect lives. As a Data Scientist, Mathematician, and Psychologist, he is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in applied artificial intelligence and cognitive computing. In the corporate sector, JT developed solutions for large companies like Digitas, Time Inc, and Samsung. Now as a global entrepreneur, his focus is enabling small and mid-size companies to use data to protect and transform their businesses. It’s an incredible “what’s next” story that is sure to inspire. 
    Show links:
    Dr JT Kostman LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jtkostman/ ProtectedBy.Ai Website: https://protectedby.ai/ Laurie Barkman LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauriebarkman/
    Stay connected with Succession Stories, and follow us for content updates and events:
    SmallDotBig.com
    Succession Stories on LinkedIn 

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    • 45 min
    Planning to Sell Your Company - Dann Scheiferstein

    Planning to Sell Your Company - Dann Scheiferstein

    You might be surprised by the statistic that 50% of business owners are unhappy after the sale of their company. Dann Scheiferstein is a serial entrepreneur who scaled up and sold three companies. He would describe himself as being in the half that felt satisfied afterwards. Listen in as Laurie Barkman and Dann discuss what he would have done differently. For business owners thinking about selling their company, this episode may increase your likelihood of success and happiness.
     
    Show Links:

    dls Advising website
    Connect with the show host, Laurie Barkman and sign-up for an insights newsletter to build value in your company. Visit https://www.smalldotbig.com/  

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    • 40 min
    What's Next Series | Tana Greene - Finding Your Voice

    What's Next Series | Tana Greene - Finding Your Voice

    I meet a lot of people who inspire me by their accomplishments in business. Others who inspire me by how they’ve changed their life and the lives of others. Tana Greene is all of above and more.
    Tana shared her personal story about her teenage pregnancy and leaving an abusive marriage at the young age 18. When she fled with her son, she left with nothing but dreams. One was to start her own business. Flash forward to today, and Tana’s multi-million dollar companies have consistently been recognized amongst the top 100 fastest growing women-owned businesses in the United States.
    In 1988, Tana co-founded Greene Group, an hourly staffing company that grew to operate in more than 20 states. She guided the company’s transformation to MyWorkChoice, a human-centered technology approach to hiring and managing the hourly workforce that keeps America’s warehousing, logistics, call center, and light industrial operations running smoothly. 
    We talked about Tana’s life story and her experience with domestic violence, and her power of setting goals towards a vision. She shared her philosophy and approach to business which is to create a culture of engagement that results in high performance. 
    There’s a lot to be inspired about in this What’s Next episode of Succession Stories with Tana Greene. Maybe you’ll share it with someone you know to help them find their voice, and pay it forward. Thanks for listening. 
    Listen in to learn more about:
    Tuning out messages that limit your potential and ability
    How laying down your vision can help you actualize it
    Shaping core values that promote a healthy work culture and contribute to the success of your business
    Defining yourself, discovering your voice and using this to inspire others
     
    Show Links:
    MyWorkChoice website:
    https://myworkchoice.com/
    Connect with Tana Greene on her website:
    https://www.tanagreene.com/
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    Connect with the host, Laurie Barkman on https://www.smalldotbig.com
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    • 39 min
    How To Avoid the Owner's Trap - Lloyd Wolf

    How To Avoid the Owner's Trap - Lloyd Wolf

    Lloyd Wolf started his consulting business in 1989. Over 30 years he grew Wolf Consulting from a one-man show to a leading regional provider of computer support and cloud services. Lloyd talked with me about his slow and steady philosophy to growth and avoiding risks like customer concentration. But one thing was standing in his way - himself.
    Realizing that he had to let go of the vine for the company to grow, Lloyd eventually delegated sales and delivery roles. Lloyd shared his experience selling the company and celebrating his retirement. Finding his next passion was an important part of the story.
    Today Lloyd coaches business owners how to run better businesses and live better lives as a Professional EOS Implementer, a system that was pivotal to his success.
    Listen in to learn more about:
    Getting around the challenge of customer concentration Enhancing your core business focus to drive value The importance of culture in advancing your business Knowing when and how to make your exit  
    Show Links:
    Lloyd Wolf on LinkedIn
    Achieve Business Services
    https://www.achieve-services.com/
    Connect with the show host, Laurie Barkman at https://www.smalldotbig.com/contact and sign-up for an insights newsletter to build value in your company.
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

M&A Paul ,

Important topics for business owners

Laurie’s podcasts are always interesting and crisply presented. The topics are discussed with the guests in entertaining ways. The time passes quickly.

Miche Jean ,

A True Course on M&A and Exit Planning

The Succession Stories is a veritable course on M&A and Exit Planning. I like how Laurie gets very deep and personal with her guests, covering every aspect of their lives, starting from their childhood to the events culminating to running their businesses. I also like how her guests are open and willing to share their stories, whether good or bad. There is always something new to learn. This is a great Podcast, not just for business owners, but also for professionals in the M&A sector, entrepreneurs , students, and anyone else interested in learning how business decisions are made.

Mlreesh ,

Great podcast for successful family businesses that want to remain so

Laurie is a good listener and always gets guests to give helpful tactics to invigorate growth in a fast-changing world.

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