You’ve built this great purpose-driven business, have nurtured a strong culture and now for any number of reasons you’re contemplating a transaction, looking for capital or thinking of selling your business. You’re concerned. You’ve heard the horror stories of unaligned buyers and investors and what became of the business after the deal. Unfortunately, your concerns are well founded. The research suggests that more than 70% of business combinations never meet their financial expectations. Success with private equity is equally as elusive. None of this is encouraging, so how do you find a solution that works?
May 16th - 19th, 2017, more than 150 leaders took to Detroit for our annual gathering of values-driven leaders. #SGCSummit2017 immersed participants in two full days packed with interactive workshops, authentic, engaging panels, and honest storytelling from practitioners in our Long Story Short talks.
Our annual Summit is a unique, relationship-based experience, defined by a shared spirit of meaningful networking, vulnerability, and connection. A picture’s worth a thousands words - check out our photo gallery of the Summit in action, courtesy of Rooney & Company.
Over the years, I’ve returned time and time again to one key question: Does great culture drive open-book management or does open-book management drive great culture? As a leader, I’ve done my due diligence investigating the answer and, after much careful thought and research (and some trial and error), I’ve learned that, for my company, culture had to come first.
“I love JoAnne dearly. I love her vision and her passion, and my role in this company is really to make that come to fruition.”
Laurie Shaw is one half of the woman-powered leadership team at Coffee Beanery, a chain of specialty coffee shops with near 100 locations throughout the U.S. and internationally. As the company’s COO and Integrator, Laurie works in harmony with JoAnne Shaw, who co-founded Coffee Beanery in 1976 with her husband, Julius Shaw. JoAnne is not only the Visionary to Laurie’s Integrator, she’s also Laurie’s mother-in-law.