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Lisë Stewart

Lisë Stewart is founder and director of Galliard Group, a training and consulting firm specializing in family-owned and closely-held businesses. She is a nationally recognized author and speaker who draws on her 25+ years of experience to share practical advice for ensuring sustainability of family businesses.

Contact Lisë at lstewart@galliardgroup.com


Articles by Lisë Stewart

Time for a Difficult, but Necessary Conversation

An important aspect of both business and personal planning is to explore your values concerning money, and the values of your spouse and/or business partners.
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Breathe Life Into Your Strategic Plan

A strategic plan should be a living document — with a solid foundation in the form of a clear vision for the future and short list of the core values that drive decision-making in the company.
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A New Way To Do Performance Evaluations

Helping people work together to improve the overall performance of the company can be a rewarding and exciting conversation. Many employees don’t really understand what is expected of them, and aren’t sure what to do to get the results their manager expects.
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Prepare the Next Generation

Developing and/or identifying the appropriate successors in a family-owned business can be both challenging and exciting — and, in some cases, a source of conflict and frustration. But, with proper planning, it doesn’t have to be.
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There’s No Leaning In On A Unicycle

As an independent businesswoman, running small companies and working with hundreds of businesswomen across the country, I know our experience is different. As women, we lead differently, often with the desire to bring more balance and compassion to our working world.
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Work Together to Avoid Sibling Rivalry

The team approach to management and leadership is growing in popularity and appeals to the new generation; but it also comes with a few hurdles to overcome.
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Clarify Management Roles and Expectations

The most important aspect of managing expectations is to have real conversations. Talk about the issues in a way that takes emotion out of the discussion.
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Disconnected in a Highly Connected World – And What We Can Do About It!

Are you so consumed by our digital interactions that you miss opportunities for real interactions.
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Hiring Smart

Hiring Smart! Effective Recruitment and Selection
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Your Business Prospectus

Building Value from an Investor’s Perspective
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Changing the Way We Change

The world is a busy and crazy place these days… We are inundated with messages to be leaders, to innovate, and to bring new products, services and marketable ideas to the marketplace. We are told to inspire, spin, market, promote, nurture and encourage change. We need to have energy, integrity, enthusiasm, a strong backbone, a clear vision for the future and the ability to learn from the past! And the list goes on…
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The Perils of Traditional Retirement

Study after study indicates that traditional retirement (ceasing to work suddenly, devoting time to ‘leisure activities’) can have a highly negative impact on the physical and mental well-being of men, especially those who are entrepreneurial, self-employed and/or senior leaders in their organizations.
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Professional Advisors – Friends or Foes?

Finding advisors who will do what’s best for your business
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Protecting the Family Business When Owners Get Divorced

The break-up of a marriage in a family-owned business can spell disaster for the business, the employees and even the community. Columnist Lisë Stewart offers six steps that can help ensure the business survives a marriage dissolution.
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6 Steps for Increasing the Value of Your Business

Columnist Lisë Stewart offers six steps business owners can take to ensure a fair price if and when they put their business on the market.
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5 Techniques for Passing the Family Business Torch

Here are five techniques a family-owned company’s new generation of leaders can use to honor their family legacy and tradition while still putting their own ‘stamp’ on the company culture.
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