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"HR for Family Business: Leadership Development for All Employees"

  • March 30, 2016
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Husson University, Southern Campus, 340 County Road, Westbrook, ME 04092


  • Must have hi-speed Internet access and a camera on your computer to connect and dial-in to the forum remotely.
  • Register one or more future members with guests.
  • Register a member for free and their future member guest(s) at $25 per person.
  • Must have hi-speed Internet access and a camera on your computer to connect and dial-in to forum remotely.
  • Register one or more members for the event.

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"HR for the Family Business: Leadership Development for All Employees"
As part of a series on HR for the Family Business, this workshop will continue the overall theme of the IFOB year:  Succession Planning in the 21st Century:  A bridge to Successful Transitions.  Led by IFOB member Sharon Dorsett and her colleague Laurie Davis, this program will demonstrate why leadership is a role for every employee in a family business, and the value of developing leadership skills in all of your employees.  It will show how and why you should align leadership competencies with the mission, vision, and values unique to your business.

Steps to take when crafting a leadership development strategy will be offered, and leadership issues specific to the family-owned business will be discussed. Participants will leave with actions they can plan for immediately. This informative, interactive workshop will include exercises such as case studies or work situations volunteered by participants. Attendees will have the chance to share their experiences, ask questions and network with one another.

Examples of topics we will cover include:

  • What is “leadership”? Why is it important to the success of your organization?
  • Leadership versus Management/Supervision
  • Creating a culture of leadership: “Everyone can be a leader.”
  • Development: There is no one right way. Leadership must fit and be aligned with the strategy developed out of your mission/vision/values.
  • Leadership development issues unique to family-owned businesses
  • Crafting a leadership development strategy that aligns with your succession approach.
Sharon Dorsett, PhD, President of Dorsett Organizational Dynamics

Sharon’s practice focuses on leadership, team and organization development. She is passionate about helping businesses solve problems by uncovering and targeting actions toward root causes rather than symptoms, and coaching leaders and teams to improve collaboration and gain confidence. Sharon holds a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, a certificate in Family business Advising from the Family Firm Institute, and is an active volunteer and member of the IFOB.      


Laurie Davis, Founder of CultureWorx
With over 28 years of experience, Laurie is a facilitator, curriculum designer, and coach for executives and owners, driver of results for organizations across Maine.  During her career in healthcare, she delivered countless leadership development and team building workshops, led a long-range culture change effort at Maine Medical Center, and served as Director of Organization Development at Central Maine Healthcare.  She introduced Lean process improvement and coached leaders to implement a new organization structure. Laurie earned her MS degree in Organization Development at American University/NTL.

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Program   

For more information contact: catherine@fambusiness.org )

Remote access is available to dial in.  You must have hi-speed Internet access and a camera on your computer to connect and dial-in to the forum remotely. If you are dialing in to the workshop you must pre-register so we can send you the remote instructions.

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