Family IN Business Podcast

Family IN Business

How do family owned businesses navigate all of the changes that face them over the generations? Esther’s new podcast with the Kellogg Center for Family Enterprises highlights how family business leaders have reflected on this question. Leaders of well-known family owned businesses like Radio Flyer and Pella Corporation share how they navigate these business transitions not just as “family businesses” but as families who are in business--families determined to stick together. They share how understanding their own story has carried them through many twists and turns.

If your business is navigating change, we’d love to help you remain rooted in your story. Let us know how we can help.

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John Ward: “The Most Curious Person I’ve Ever Met”

January 11, 2021
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John Ward: “The Most Curious Person I’ve Ever Met”
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Leaders from five different industries share how Professor Emeritus John Ward influenced them and their family enterprises during their time at Kellogg and beyond. These five different impacts provide lessons that all family business leaders can leverage.

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Andreas Kuster: An Entrepreneur In Search Of A Family Business

October 22, 2020
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Andreas Kuster: An Entrepreneur In Search Of A Family Business
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Which is better, securing financial stability or building something in the world? For those with the entrepreneurial gene, the answer is always ‘building something.’ Good thing Andreas Kuster inherited this gene when he needed to revitalize Europe’s oldest cookie manufacturing company, Jakob’s Basler Leckerly.

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Anne Eiting Klamar: Being ME As A Family Business Leader

September 17, 2020
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Anne Eiting Klamar: Being ME As A Family Business Leader
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Anne Eiting Klamar had not been groomed to succeed her father in the family business. In fact, she embarked on an entirely different career. But when it turned out she needed to run the family business, she stepped into her father’s shoes. And she quickly found out they didn’t fit her.

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John Nelson: Family Business Or Family IN Business? That Is the Question.

September 14, 2020
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John Nelson: Family Business Or Family IN Business? That Is the Question.
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Through SEED Beauty, the Nelson family has disrupted both the traditional cosmetics company model and the notion of what it means to be a family in business.

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Todd Schurz: We’re All In This Together… Whatever ‘This’ Is

August 13, 2020
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Todd Schurz: We’re All In This Together… Whatever ‘This’ Is
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It’s extremely rare for a fifth-generation family business to still be in the same industry they started out in. So, how 88-year-old family business Schurz Communications left the traditional communications industry without leaving any of their family members behind.They have to pivot, but as they pivot, how do they make sure none of the family members get left behind? Todd Schurz of Schurz Communications describes his family’s successful transition to a new industry.

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Adam Farver: For Longtime Family Businesses Like Pella Corporation, These Are Not ‘Unprecedented Times’

July 20, 2020
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Adam Farver: For Longtime Family Businesses Like Pella Corporation, These Are Not ‘Unprecedented Times'
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No matter how often we hear the phrase “unprecedented times” in reference to the coronavirus, fourth-generation family business Pella Corporation knows that they have seen times like these before. Chairman Adam Farver has dozens of examples of difficult situations and market downturns. Family businesses will lead the way through this not-unprecedented crisis.

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Robert Pasin: Rethinking Radio Flyer’s Little Red Wagon Without Reinventing the Wheel

June 4, 2020
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Robert Pasin: Rethinking Radio Flyer’s Little Red Wagon Without Reinventing the Wheel
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Reviewers described Radio Flyer as “Americana on four wheels,” but just because it was beloved didn’t mean it would last forever.
Soon after joining his multi-generational family owned business, Robert Pasin learned the company was in trouble. Though the company hadn’t changed, consumer preferences had. How could they gain a competitive advantage without losing everything that made Radio Flyer an iconic part of Americans’ childhood memories? 

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Introducing: Family IN Business

June 4, 2020
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Introducing: Family IN Business
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Coming June 14 2020 from Kellogg’s Center for Family Enterprises and Esther Choy at Leadership Story Lab, Family IN Business features stories of leaders, their families, and the family enterprises they transformed.
Storytelling is a great way to learn and be inspired. The stories you will hear from Family IN Business are the ones you can relate to, they might be battles you’re already fighting. These stories contain practical wisdom so that you don’t have to learn everything alone or the hard way.

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People forget facts, but they never forget a good story. In her book, Esther Choy shares business storytelling methods, examples and practical tools and templates. It’s your essential leadership storytelling toolkit.

Let the story do the work

People forget facts, but they never forget a good story. In her book, Esther Choy shares business storytelling methods, examples and practical tools and templates. It’s your essential leadership storytelling toolkit.

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