Education & Forums

Charleston Southern University (CSU) – Family Business Forums

Family businesses come in all sizes, and we are committed to providing opportunities for local and regional families to gather, learn, and share insights. In partnership with Charleston Southern University School of Business we host three family business forums each year.   For more information reach out directly to any of our staff or to the Dr. David Palmer, Dean of CSU School of Business, at dpalmer@csu.org

The Family Business Consulting Group

The Family Business Consulting Group The FBCG) works with enterprising families around the world to protect the integrity of the family and the family enterprise for future generations. As a Senior Consultant with the FBCG, Jean Meeks-Koch serves family businesses across the United States.  Jean believes that maintaining and sustaining the family business is precious and should be cherished by the family.  Her work is in creating a strong, cohesive balance within the family and combining the wishes of the family business.  This requires discipline from the family and includes work in areas such as:  strategy, management, governance, psychology, leadership development, communication, conflict resolution, succession planning, and family education.

Family Firm Institute 

FFI engages in educating, connecting, and inspiring professionals who serve family enterprises. As a FFI Fellow and FFI GEN Faculty member for their practitioner certification program, Jean Meeks-Koch has spoken extensively internationally and domestically at FFI conferences and workshops. In 2018, Jean presented in London on The Healing Mandala- Mindfulness, Art, and Appreciative storytelling. The Healing Mandala- Mindfulness, Art, and Appreciative storytelling

Workshops

Diversity and Inclusion: Today’s workplace is a multi-cultural, dynamic community of people representing five generations. Our workshops focus on the distinct issues your organization faces within its own mix.

Team BuildingUsing the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ as a foundation, we uniquely build a workshop that focuses on the specific needs of the group based on evidence-based, validated data.

Sales: Workshop participants learn the six essential steps to sales success, how to find prospects and how to convert stress into productive energy and improved sales performance. 

Leadership Development: Participants self-assess sources of their personal power and motivations, and their skill at influencing others. Exercises explore communication and influence, with a novel focus on personal power vs. authoritative behaviors. 

Customer Service/Communication Strategies: Customers are central to successful businesses. This session identifies types of customers, how they wish to be served, and how to improve ourselves along the way. Participants gain skills in in-person and phone techniques, dealing with difficult people, and spurring return business.

Conflict Resolution: Wherever two or more people come together, conflict may arise. This course will explore various methods to resolve conflict disputes of any size. Your participants will also gain skills in solution building and finding common ground.

Creating Healthy Work Cultures: Everybody aspires to be valued for their work and treated with respect. Company culture is best defined as “the way things get done around here.” Culture is created by both deliberate choices and unintended signals.

SHRM – Society for Human Resource Management

Several Positively People team members are a part of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  SHRM promotes the role of HR as a profession and provides education, certification, and networking to its members, while lobbying Congress on issues pertinent to labor management. As a member of SHRM, we bring our experience and expertise to the practice of human resources.  We support our clients who have workplace needs such as talent management, organizational structure change,  public policy updates, legal and compliance support, and employee benefits resources.   Through our knowledge and affiliation with SHRM, we offer another level of support to our clients and their internal HR operations.

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