Planting Seeds with Leadership Development

I don’t know about you, but I have so many books I want to read, should read, started to read and didn’t finish, lists of books people recommended, and some that I have read more than once. I have stacks and stacks of books!

One that I have started and stopped multiple times over the years is The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey. Thanks to a coworker being my accountability partner, we have formed our own book club reading a chapter a week. I am loving it in these bite size pieces, learning from the content in the book and from my coworker.

Mr. Covey writes that he will never forget when a CEO was asked “What if you train everyone and they all leave?” He responded, “What if we don’t train them and they all stay?

This highlights one of the things I value most about the EFBC: all the opportunities for networking, leadership training and professional development that are available to any employee in our member companies. In some cases, like with our upcoming Leadership Application Course, non-members can participate too!

Our mission is to educate and empower the people of family and entrepreneurial businesses — not just the owners and leaders. It can feel lonely at the top, but it feels a lot less lonely when you have other employees and leaders in your company becoming more engaged and advancing their skills.

We have three seats left for the Leadership Application Course that starts March 24th. This course is instructed by our very own George Karavattuveetil of Psyched LLC. If you or someone you know is interested in developing their capabilities as an effective leader by sharpening their communication, performance management, recruitment and retention, time management, and organizational and departmental culture skills click here to sign up. If you have any questions about this program or any other program, please contact our Executive Director, Liz Fidanovski, at


"The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago.
The second best time is today."

- Chinese Proverb (also from The Speed of Trust)


Nirel Inman

Nirel Inman
Co-President, Chicago Glue & Machine
EFBC President 2020-2021

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