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“It was a good day. The more I reflect on the Emergency Leadership Planning workshop the more I realize what I learned and took away from the day. Thank you Linda.”
“[The Emergency Leadership Planning workshop provided] good practical tools and an opportunity to engage senior management in what may be considered a difficult and emotionally charged environment.”
“Even though our organization has a second-generation succession plan for my position we discovered there was a whole set of descriptors that were missing. These new ideas will be incorporated into our plan to make it more robust. I think the Emergency Leadership Planning workshop is very valuable and have recommended it to my group of developmental service providers.”
“The Emergency Leadership Planning workshop provided an excellent turnkey tool kit to launch the succession planning process for the nonprofit board on which I serve.”
“The Emergency Leadership Planning workshop is a process every organization should be going through. This is now an important part of our risk management strategy. I learned so much in that one day and would highly recommend this workshop to other nonprofit agencies.” Marg passed into the Great Mystery 4 August 2012. We have chosen to leave here comments here to honor the passion she brought to her work and her life.
“With over 25 years experience in senior HR roles, most recently as VP HR in the automotive/automation sector, I know quite a bit about succession planning, and I still learned something from this seminar. Linda’s workshop clearly addresses the need for succession planning, with a special focus on the non-profit organizations, providing the valuable framework for implementation. There is a good balance between discussion and hands-on work.”
“The Emergency Leadership Planning workshop was a great program to kick-start our succession planning process. I thought the 16-point workbook was designed well and the procedure statement that’s included is very helpful. We thought it was an excellent use of funds.”
“Your organization will gain from participating in this workshop. It gets you thinking and provides a template for moving forward. It was time well spent! The Rural Ontario Institute participated in this important workshop in September 2011 and has since undertaken the development of an Emergency Leadership Plan for our organization. Developed by senior staff and the Governance Committee over a period of seven months, the final document was reviewed and adopted by the Board of Directors at our April 2012 Board meeting. Through the developmental exercise and with this plan now in place ROI is very well positioned and prepared for unforeseen circumstances that could arise in our future. In fact we thought the process was so valuable we have now partnered with Linda to ensure the Emergency Leadership Planning workshops are available to rural organizations through the Leadership Development Programming offered by ROI.”
“I sit on a number of boards that need this [Emergency Leadership Planning] very much.” Phyllis
“I like complicated things that are made easier and this [Emergency Leadership Planning workbook] does it.” Shirley
“This [Emergency Leadership Planning] is super valuable for anyone asked to be an Acting ED.”
“I have been to a number of succession planning presentations over the years and haven’t found them very useful or actionable. This [Emergency Leadership Planning] is very useful to our organization.” Ron
“I appreciated the order and guidelines in the workbook. This is a really good step-by-step outline for the process. This workshop exceeded my expectations.
In this workshop I realized that so far we have been really lucky. Now there is a sense of urgency. This workshop is beyond my expectations.
The workbook materials are easy to follow and the details are impressive. I want to include this in my manual.
This workshop is very timely. It will enable our organization to continue to operate on as high a level as it currently does.
Completion of the Emergency Leadership Planning workbook will make our organization more attractive to an applicant.”
“We engaged Linda Fairburn as our family advisor to take us through the following process. We scheduled monthly meetings for four hours each and have conducted them and still have them every month. They were very difficult in the beginning but are great today as most of the issues are behind us. We call this the Family Council where we decide to manage ourselves on a monthly basis, sharing our issues, experiences, wants, needs and business updates at each meeting. I now look forward to them, ensuring that each and every one of them is productive.” Barney Strassburger
“I endorse Linda Fairburn and the work she did to help our company in its succession and strategic planning processes. We used her recommendations on drafting our partnership agreement, one that was ultimately accepted by the candidates. I was impressed with Linda’s ability to readily understand our business strategy and succession plan and to bring in the missing pieces.” Bernard Melloul
“My Family and I would highly recommend Linda Fairburn as a family business advisor. We’ve worked together and stayed in touch for many years and continue to rely on her advice. As a result of working with Linda, we created a framework for separating business functions from family gatherings and we have been able to continue to assess current work place skills against future training and development requirements of our business and industry. In all of our dealings Linda was knowledgeable, competent and trustworthy and her advice is professional, insightful and valuable.” Paul Newbigging
“Exit Right provides a road map of the issues, options, and resources to help business owners face succession proactively.
Each of the book’s seven main chapters is laid out in a clear and organized manner. The writing is clear and concise, with a practical tone-ideal for the intended audience. Within the seven main chapters, the format is to raise key questions, point out underlying issues, and then at the end of each topic, present the reader with a series of questions for exploration. Finally, there are some suggested action steps to take.
The authors do a very good job of making this an easy-to-read book. The book is accessible, clearly written, pragmatic, and raises the issues to consider when facing the succession process. It has just enough statistics and research to give credibility without appearing too academic or theoretical. The authors also do a good job of synthesizing and distilling much of the information from the field into short, clear chapters. For example, they cover systems thinking in just over three pages, yet they do it well. Likewise, they cover the topic of choosing a consultant or understanding lifecycles in fewer than two pages each. The book also succeeds in providing an overall framework to the reader by describing the pattern of the succession process.
Exit Right fulfills its objective of being a quick read in terms of content, format, and topic coverage, making it an ideal read for business owners both in substance and form.”
Greg McCann. Family Business Review, vol. XV, no. 2, June 2002 (c) p.p. 161-162. A publication of the Family Firm Institute (www.ffi.org).
“Rarely does a book address a complex subject matter in such a way as to make it readily understandable to the reader — Exit Right is a rare book. In short, this is a great book to give your client and a great resource for consultants who need a checklist of areas to consider when working with a family business.”
“Exit Right is breezily written, with chapters divided into key issues that an entrepreneur must consider, followed by some questions that will help him or her explore the issue and take steps to turn decisions into reality.
“Of all the succession planning books I’ve ever seen, I think Exit Right is the best one for business owners. It is comprehensive, yet crisp and to the point. A must read”
Rich Snebold, The Sbebold Family Partners
“Superb facilitation in pace, content and interaction with the participants. The material, theory and exercises covered in the workshop required learning about oneself, a critical step for any Learning & Development professional. An ideal environment was created by Linda for the participants to get as much as possible out of the module. Marian Buday
“I am used to a high energy training environment but that would have been inappropriate here. You created an environment that encouraged introspection and after thought. This allowed the content to “sink in” and I am more likely to use it in my day to day activities.” Michael Chuk
“Professional, interactive and meaningful lessons. Great facilitator.” Violetta S.
“Sad that these three days are over so quickly. I really enjoyed my time and the opportunity to gain from your experience and excellence. It was very comprehensive with clear and concise materials and delivered in an amiable and relaxed fashion.” Laura S.
“I liked that there was a lot of time given for self-reflection, getting to know the people in the group and creating a comfortable, safe environment. The content was very focused.” Debbie K.
“Thank you for a super rewarding experience. Your enthusiasm, professionalism and sparkle were super for my learning and retention of the material.” Danuta S.
“I felt very much a part of my own learning experience instead of someone else’s teaching experience. This learning was about me, not about the instructor’s. Very refreshing and effective for me!” Nancy S.
“Linda has an ability to grasp the many aspects of a given situation and hold each of these threads. She is able to see many unnamed aspects that are factors in each of the threads and how that may be effecting the situation as well as changing the direction that things may go. Her vision and over view skills combined with keen intuition are rare and valuable assets. I have used Linda’s skills to help me shape and develop my website which was, for me, a deeply personal process. She was sensitive while being decisive. Her ability to clarify points of interest was most helpful. She has also helped me with interpersonal communication within my peer group. She coached me in defining the issues - both mine and the inherent aspects of the group. We then practiced a more effective way of communicating in challenging situations.” Kim Meisinger