In this episode, Greg McCann of McCann & Associates and I dive into the family enterprise model, vertical leadership development, and leadership agility. Greg worked in his family’s business for a number of years before teaching at Stetson University and starting their Family Enterprise Center. In addition to teaching, Greg has worked as a family enterprise consultant for nearly two decades.
In this podcast, Greg gives us a mini-course on the four leadership agilities, which include self-awareness, empathy, framing, and innovation. We discuss the six stages that leaders go through, which run along a continuum from efficient to effective. Greg also shared with us that leaders at the top of the scale (the most effective) tend to do three things daily:
- They have a reflective or meditative practice
- They exercise
- They have a creative practice outside of work. (Cool thing about Greg: His creative practice outside of work is gift giving!)
Topics discussed in this episode:
- Meet Greg (1:14)
- Today’s global pressure on family businesses (5:45)
- Turning challenges to opportunities (10:14)
- Family enterprise mindset model (13:03)
- The who (18:05)
- 4 agilities and leadership stages (20:04)
- How to move through the leadership stages (27:35)
- Why this model for a family? (31:18)
- Two types of innovation (35:38)
- Resources and how to find Greg (39:19)
- Bonus questions (40:35)
Greg McCann is the founder, principal and leader of an international family enterprise consulting firm that create workshops, consults, publishes, and innovates on issues of importance to family enterprises.
As a thought leader, author, coach, consultant and speaker, he works with family enterprises in the areas of leadership development, transitions, communication & conflict resolution, and with a special emphasis on helping the next generation succeed in their careers and lives.
Greg has coached leaders for nearly 20 years and is not only a graduate of Coach U, but also certified in Leadership Agility and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Notable & Quotable:
Intimacy is being lost. In response, I ask how do people become available to themselves and the other people in their lives? —Greg McCann #successfulgenerations
If you are not developing the leadership capacity of your family, you are putting them in unnecessary risk. —Greg McCann #successfulgenerations
We’re really good at running our businesses, but not so good at anticipating change. How do we pivot and see the next thing coming? —Greg McCann #successfulgenerations
Imagine saying, ‘I want to get in shape, so once a year I go away with my family and hear a fitness expert speak.’ That doesn’t work. —Greg McCann #successfulgenerations
In a family business you’re putting your main relationships and the majority of your wealth at risk. Doing that casually is too much of a risk. —Greg McCann #successfulgenerations
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Who Do You Think You Are? By Greg McCann
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