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Future Generations.

Helping Your Family Business Succeed

Positively People is leading the way in family business succession planning.

At Positively People, we believe family businesses are unique and desire to learn, grow, and secure their legacy. We believe each member of a family enterprise can contribute to generational success by unleashing their untapped potential.

We meet our families where they are, assess their needs, help them define their future, and provide strategies and tools that drive success. Whether you’re looking for succession planning, behavioral resources, or conflict resolution, we’ve got you covered.

What we do

Leadership Development and Succession Planning Expertise for Family Businesses

Continuity and Succession Planning

Succession planning brings clarity to the processes, responsibilities, and expectations necessary for an orderly transition of power within your business. Ultimately it ensures stability, growth, and the best possible future for both the business and the family.

Next Gen Leadership Coaching

You’ve focused on improving your organization. Now it’s time to focus on developing your people. Next Gen Leadership Coaching is a powerful solution to help equip your people with the skills, resilience, and confidence they need to reach their goals.

Family Business Governance

Good Family Business governance provides a framework for families to define roles, set boundaries for individuals, and manage competing interests within the firm. When implemented successfully it can help preserve continuity, wealth, and harmony.

Family Business Consulting

Family Business Consulting provides a streamlined and collaborative process to help families develop their vision for their firm, understand the nature of their business, and refine the steps necessary to transform their business into a legacy.

Why Work With Us

You Own a Family Business

You know how important it is to your family and the future of your business to have effective succession planning, but how do you ensure that your business will be in hands the right people? How do you know if they’re capable of running it? And how can you make sure they are capable of sustaining the business in the long-term and are able to adapt to changes in the market?

With Positively People, we help you answer all these questions, and more, so that your business can thrive for generations to come. We have 20 years of experience helping families like yours achieve their long-term goals for success; and we use our expertise in behavioral assessments, succession planning, conflict management, communication strategy, team cohesiveness, and executive coaching to ensure that we meet the needs of your organization.

We work with clients across all industries and sizes so that no matter what kind of company you run – large or small- we can help you make sure it stays strong for the years to come!

Hear what others are saying

"Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is more than 250 years old; our people and progress are at the heart of our success. Since 2015 we have worked closely with Positively People as a key partner for our leadership development programming. Using their Everything DiSC and team-building resources, Positively People has engaged with over 1400+ leaders passionately supporting our work to advance our region."
Bryan Derreberry
"Dr. Jean and her entire team are world class consultants who deeply understand the dynamics of the G2, G3 and G4. Through her invaluable experience, our family transitioning from G2 to G3 was able to align and engage with her and each other, through effective and efficient modes of communication and coordination. She brought the whole family together on this journey; creating a shared vision, motivating each other, raising expectations, promoting trust and achieving a structure that will allow for an enterprise and large family to thrive for generations. A game changer. Truly world class."
Mayur Shah
G2 Family Member, Managing Director of Kenafric Group
"Positively People has been an essential part of our evolving, third-generation family business. The expertise and insight that Jean and her team provide are invaluable to our continued growth and success. The comprehensive coaching program has enabled our company and family members to navigate the complexities of a family-owned business. It has allowed us to build a strong foundation for the future. The approach taken has been effective in strengthening relationships within the family while also providing us with the tools and guidance needed to manage the business. We are very grateful for the constant support of the team at Positively People. We would highly recommend their services to any family business looking to grow and evolve!"
John & Jaclyn Savickas
CEO/President & Vice President, Interstate Specialty Products
"For over a decade I have had the opportunity to partner with Jean Meeks Koch and her team at Positively People. Jean is more than a consultant she has accompanied our company through the best of times and through some of our greatest struggles. Always with a focus of building on strengths, developing people and helping them to show up as their best selves, and growing intentionality at the individual and organizational levels. Jean has an incredible sense of what makes organizations work and helps to position them to thrive for the long term. From my experience with Jean, I am a stronger and more well-rounded leader, and the organization is stronger than ever. Jean not only helped us solve problems, she helped us grow beyond them."
Kim Scott
President and CEO from 2004-2023 Current Executive Director of the Trillium Family Services Foundation

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