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Call Ira Bryck, center director at (413) 545-4545 to get more information, discuss your situation, and commit to an evening that will expand your thinking about growing your business.


DECEMBER 9, 2014 •TUESDAY, 5:00-8:30 PM

THE LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE, MASS

FIVE COMPELLING SUCCESS STORIES FROM WESTERN MASS Our region is not lacking for people and companies that created, continued or rebuilt great companies, even if their success was fraught with risks, and lessons learned with difficulty, and the wisdom and satisfaction was earned over the long haul. Tonight you will hear the "how it happened" of five people who, for instance, bought and turned around a bankrupt company, grew a company for 3 generations with a family legacy of innovation, grew a small family business, sold, and started something completely different. The interviewers are 5 of the Strategic Partners of the UMass Family Business Center. These stories will inspire you, and maybe help you realize a practical solution you've been searching for.

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS FROM EMPLOYEE FRAUD, presented by MEYERS BROTHERS KALICKA, PC, A STRATEGIC PARTNER OF THE UMASS FAMILY BUSINESS CENTER .


MARCH 10, 2015 •TUESDAY, 5:00-8:30 PM

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

BECOME THE LEADER YOU'D LIKE TO FOLLOW BY APPLYING THE THREE PRINCIPLES OF IMPROV

The same skills that make Improv Theater performers successful can make us
all successful, at work, in sales, and in life...and they are easily available for us to use.

We are so pleased to have a return engagement by IZZY GESELL (who did quite well with us in 1995!). Izzy is an organizational alchemist who helps individuals and organizations move from commonplace to extraordinary. He was one of the first to use Improv Theater concepts as tools for personal and organizational learning. He is the author of Playing Along: Group Learning Activities Borrowed From Improvisation Theater, a co-author of Cancer & The Healing Power of Play, and of Humor Me: America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter, and a contributor of a chapter on Improvisation as a facilitation tool in the IAF Group Facilitators Handbook. His latest project is a deck of cards with improv games on them. Recognized by his peers, he has earned a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association. Less than 15% of NSA’s 4,000 members are CSPs. The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) regularly calls on him to train facilitators in his techniques.


APRIL 28, 2015 •TUESDAY, 5:00-8:30 PM

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HARNESSING THE POWER OF SYSTEMS THINKING IN YOUR COMPANY   There are so many moving parts in your company, so sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture. But then how do you know if those are the right parts, moving in the right way? Through systems thinking and mapping, you can gain the ability to see the interdependence of the parts, identify patterns that repeat over time, uncover beliefs that form resistance to change, and respond to feedback that helps you and your organization learn and revise, and discover where the “leverage points” are that you can use to achieve your highest goals and take effective action. This presentation will include 3 cases from FBC member companies, where our presenter, Joe Laur, helped owner/managers map and comprehend the systems in their companies, so that they (and you) have a greater grasp on the loops, patterns, and leverage points so they could take the necessary actions and achieve their desired results.

Tonight’s presenter is JOE LAUR, a founding partner of SEED Systems, an international consulting firm that works with individuals, teams and organizations through teaching and coaching to transform organizations and create a sustainable world. Joe has worked with Harley-Davidson, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Nike, Waste Management, and many more; focusing on organizational learning, personal effectiveness skills and sustainable development.


JUNE 16, 2015 • TUESDAY, 5:00-8:30 PM

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THE ART OF CONSTRUCTIVE CONFRONTATION: HOW TO ACHIEVE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY WITH LESS CONFLICT Most people assume that confrontation is unpleasant and to be avoided. But it's the conflict and anger that comes from avoiding confrontation that's what you actually fear. Constructive confrontation provides a systematic approach to have members of any team or organization honor their promises, and clearly understand the expectations of what they need to do. By actually planning to have confrontations, not in a spirit of fear, but with commmitment to common goals, people will be more accountable and achieve their goals. To build an organization where this all happens well, people are coached to be able to coach, to help each individual do what they do best, that the organization needs most. All of this creates an active dialog that keeps principles above personalities, ensures greater accountability, and a company where people deal with issues sooner, decreasing conflict. You may understand WHY this is good to do, but at tonight's forum you will learn HOW to do it. We will also discuss several specific situations faced by audience members at their workplaces, and walk through the steps to you need to take in response.

Presented by JOHN HOOVER, PhD, whose work at the NYC firm Partners International is to define and design the company’s theoretical approach to and practical methodology for executive coaching and talent strategy consulting. His executive experience with The Walt Disney Company and McGraw-Hill, his M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy, and PhD in Human & Organization Development uniquely position him to invoke creativity, innovation, and systems theory when coaching key policy makers in making critical organizational decisions that unleash the full talent potential of their organizational populations. An author or co-author of more than a dozen books on leadership and psychology, including How to Work for an Idiot and Leadership When the Heat's On, John is the creator of the Contextual Coaching™ model at Partners International. He developed curriculum and taught in graduate–level certification programs based on Coaching in the Organizational Context at CUNY and Fielding Graduate University.


SEPT 16, 2015 •WEDNESDAY, 5:00-8:30 PM

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EFFECTIVE BUSINESS DECISION MAKING IN THE FAST CHANGING ENVIRONMENT OF THE 21ST CENTURY

How many decisions do you make in the course of each business day? How often are they based on a gut feeling, versus measurable, relevant data? How accurate is your gut, and how well can you really tune into it? And how do you know which data is accurate, not to mention relevant? How can you be sure you're considering all the consequences? Are you reaching for solutions that worked before, not sure they're what is needed for more complex dilemmas? Are you influenced by biases you're not even aware of? This presentation could help you, by exploring the practical aspects of the latest research on Effective Decision Making and how family or closely held businesses are using it to create success.

Come learn to make better decisions, after hearing from Dr. Vana Nespor, Chief Learning Officer and Dean of Online and Adult Studies at Bay Path College and Dr. Tom Loper, Associate Provost and Dean of Bay Path's Graduate Business program.


OCTOBER, 2015 •DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED, 5:00-8:30 PM

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POWER AND AUTHORITY: HOW TO SHARE IT, TRANSFER IT, DELEGATE IT, AND USE IT

There are many ways to use power and authority, aside from the stereotypical command and control autocrat. This session will explore how business owners and managers found their personal style, even if different than their predecessor or mentor; how authority has been distributed throughout an organization, even if the leader is still at the helm; how the upcoming generation is gaining strength, maybe more through evolution than revolution; how the stakeholders in an organization strive for fairness and inclusivity, even if it looks nothing like our vision of democracy. Through panelists, group discussion and an exploration of styles, you might realize what you need to do to to take charge in a healthier way, and instill your organization with what it needs to grow a vibrant crop of powerful participants.

 

Archive of past UMass Amherst Family Business Center dinner forum

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