Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Build your ownership team for long-term success: Family business retreat

Dr. Stephen R. Treat, facilitator
Long term competitiveness in a family business depends on the unity of the family ownership group. Investing time and effort in the shareholder team of the family business is a critical strategy issue.

To help you achieve your goals of family unity and long-term prosperity, the S. Dale High Center for Family Business at Elizabethtown College is offering a two-day retreat for family business owners on Thursday evening, October 13, and all day Friday, October 14, featuring expert facilitators trained in family business dynamics: Dr. Stephen R. Treat and Michael N. McGrann.

This retreat includes sessions to help you build ownership unity while defining the strategies and structures that are necessary for success across multiple generations. The outcome of your investment will be a stronger ownership team and critical tools for strengthening your business.

This seminar will provide you with tools to:
  • Manage "difficult conversations"
  • Improve your leadership of the family system
  • Develop stronger communication skills
  • Develop skills for next generation of entrepreneurs
  • Strengthen accountability and feedback throughout the organization
  • The retreat will also include two facilitated family meetings.
Dr. Stephen Treat is a senior therapist and an ordained minister who maintains his own clinical practice at the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia where he works with individuals, couples, and families. He has counseled companies such as Accenture, ASI, Cigna, as well as many family-business organizations. He received his doctorate from the Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1976.

Michael N. McGrann is the executive director of the S. Dale High Center for Family Business. He has conducted seminars for family businesses, executive education programs, and personalized educational workshops for family groups around the world. He also provides consulting services to family businesses that need assistance with leadership transitions, developing accountability structures, empowering next generation teams, building unified shareholder groups, and identifying the unique characteristics of a family business that can produce a competitive advantage.

The retreat is on a cost-basis and is open to High Center members ($2,000 for up to four family shareholders) and non-member family businesses ($2,500 for up to four family shareholders). For the retreat schedule and other information, click on the link to the PDF. Or contact the S. Dale High Center for Family Business at Elizabethtown College by emailing or phoning us at 717-361-1275. You may also visit our website at

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