Running a Family Business | Jo Macsween, Owner & Director at Macsween of Edinburgh
Jo Macsween, Owner & Director at Macsween of Edinburgh, shares how collaborating with other business leaders in her Vistage group helped her to gain confidence in her decision making, improve her personal development and provided emotional support in order to grow the business and overcome any challenges along the way.
“… When you work in a family business, as I have for 20 years, you have no external reference from having worked in another company, so it gives me access to other people that say keep going and especially when you’re a growing business, you just face challenges that you have no idea how to overcome, so by sharing it you get some insight into how to resolve the problem.”
Keeping it in the family business
There aren’t too many family owned businesses that successfully pass the company on from generation to generation. Then there is the Zerbini’s. This family’s life has been a circus for 250 years — that’s ten consecutive generations. 70 year old Tarzan Zerbini pitched the family big top on a patch of asphalt in the NE this week. The family patriarch spoke with the Herald’s Valerie Fortney about circus life, famous co-workers, animal rights activists and an all too revealing kiss from an elephant.
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