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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.”
What to do if you want to be happy – Andrew Carnegie
Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!
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When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you’re trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.
Ernesto Sirolli got his start doing aid work in Africa in the 70’s — and quickly realised how ineffective it was.
WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM:
Ernesto Sirolli is a noted authority in the field of sustainable economic development and is the Founder of the Sirolli Institute, an international non-profit organization that teaches community leaders how to establish and maintain Enterprise Facilitation projects in their community. The Institute is now training communities in the USA, Canada, Australia, England and Scotland.
In 1985, he pioneered in Esperance, a small rural community in Western Australia, a unique economic development approach based on harnessing the passion, determination, intelligence, and resourcefulness of the local people. The striking results of “The Esperance Experience” have prompted more than 250 communities around the world to adopt responsive, person-centered approaches to local economic development similar to the Enterprise Facilitation® model pioneered in Esperance.