In these mid-market firms, the CEO is often an owner/operator. The challenges of CEOs who launch or inherit such firms can play out in unique ways:
- With most or all of their experience coming from within the firm, they may feel that their perspective is limited, and that they may be missing great solutions and known best practices.
- As their business grows and scales, they are concerned that they’ve never managed a business so big and so complex.
- They may feel locked into perpetuating long-established ways of running the business, especially if they haven’t worked in other firms.
- They can worry that non-owning/non-family executives of the firm are reluctant or unable to offer necessary input for growth and redirection.
- When confronted with the necessity of making substantial investments to stay competitive, they may focus on the risk to the asset that they and/or their family have built up over the years.
- They look at the next generation and wonder how to prepare them to run the family business in the years ahead.
CEO to CEO understands such ways of thinking and their root causes. We help CEOs of closely held or family firms deal with these issues and a myriad others, empowering them to build their skill sets and raise their performance as firm leaders.
Helping GoGrid Jump on the Cloud - Our work with CEO John Keagy and his company to jump on the cloud computing trend.
GSC Logistics' Top Team Chart Clear Path to Faster Growth- Our work with Scott Taylor (CEO) and Andy Garcia (chairman) to help them chart a clear path to faster growth for their Bay Area logistics company.
Guiding KBFA's Transition to the Next Generation - A family business where we build business skills in the next generation top team and guide their transition to ownership.