Conflict Resolution in Family Businesses
Family members in business together typically try to avoid conflict. Conflict occurs when people have different views, opinions, and perspectives. These differences can be healthy, for without them, people would all think the same. We believe that the goal in business ought not be to avoid conflict, but rather, to learn to manage it. In this highly interactive presentation, David Karofsky will explore the topics of conflict that family businesses face, their causes, and best practices for effective solutions. Discussions will include generational differences, roles and responsibilities, “letting go” and “taking hold,” succession planning, communication styles, and active listening.
About the Presenter:
David Karofsky, President and CEO
David Karofsky has over 25 years of experience coaching and consulting to individuals, families, and companies to develop better cross-team communication and build alignment among the senior management team. His client work is focused on executing the transition of ownership and leadership, professional development, conflict resolution, strategic planning, and forming governance structures for family and closely held businesses.
David is a graduate of Bowdoin College and received his Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University and his MBA from Northeastern University, where he was awarded a full academic scholarship while working as a teaching assistant for undergraduate business courses.
The recipient of multiple achievement awards, David has been a guest speaker internationally and is a mentor to current and former MBA students at Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Business and serves on the Marketing Career Track Advisory Board. He is a founding member and former chair of the Boston chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization’s Young Adult Forum, member of the Family Firm Institute and a former member of the Board of Directors of the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation.
David can be reached at David@FamBizConsulting.com or 508-875-7751.