Family Business Center of Hawaii

Equipping, educating and celebrating families in business

Shidler College of Business

FBC Event

Ulu na Alaka`i - Growing Leaders Program








APPLY HERE by February 21, 2020 for
Cohort #1: March 2, 2020 – January 2021


The Family Business Center of Hawaii’s Growing Leaders Program is designed to help high-performing, mid-level managers prepare for the next level of leadership.  Participants may or may not be family members however they must be employed within a family business.

Course Description:

The roles of a manager—and the necessary skills needed to perform as one—are constantly evolving. More than ever, individuals are placed into management positions without management training or informed experience. According to a large-scale survey, more than 58 percent of managers reported they had not received any training and 25 percent admitted they were not ready to lead others when they were given the role. Added to that challenge, the demands of the job have increased: the average manager has seven direct reports (five was once the norm), and has less management time to spend with them than before.  Considering that a Gallup poll found organizations chose the wrong candidate for management positions 82 percent of the time, we conclude that the more you can learn about people and how to manage them, the better prepared you will be to be that right candidate. Organizational Behavior (OB) will help you get there. (source:  Essentials of Organizational Behavior, 14th Edition)

OB is the study of what people do in an organization and the way their behavior affects the organization’s performance. Because OB is concerned specifically with employment-related situations, it examines behavior in the context of job satisfaction, absenteeism, employment turnover, productivity, human performance, and management.    While OB is the study of these important human behaviors and the impact on business, Human Resources Management takes the results of these studies and identifies ways to apply these concepts into daily business (source:  Essentials of Organizational Behavior, 14th Edition)

Participants in this program will learn how to cultivate their personal leadership, be an adaptive communicator, build a positive culture, motivate employees and learn important human resource strategies with the goal of improving the attitudes and behaviors of individuals in a family business.   This course blends theory, real-life examples, business tools to help family business leaders improve their emotional intelligence and bottom-line results.

Objectives of the Program:

  • Learn the importance of family businesses in our economy.
  • Discover unique communication issues that face family businesses and strategies having open, clear communication at all levels of the organization.
  • Learn how to use a variety of leadership approaches that positively impact employee commitment and job performance.
  • Develop a strategic mindset by learning how to use a variety of decision-making models at work.
  • Create an organizational culture that is aligned with business strategy and ready for change.
  • Discover the drivers of job commitment, satisfaction, and engagement.
  • Embrace diversity and create an environment where all types of people are valued.

Each participant will have an assigned coach from the community.  The coach is a sounding board for issues the participant faces at work and/or provide them guidance on their project.  The participant is expected to contact their coach six times during the 12-month program.  Three of the coaching sessions will be during the first half of the program and 3 coaching sessions will be in the last half of the program. The participant will schedule a call, no more than 1-hour, to discuss a very specific question.  The participant will email their coach the question at least 2-days prior to the meeting.

Each participant will be nominated by their employer and the person nominating the participant will be their internal mentor.  The mentor is responsible for helping the participant implement what they learned in class back on the job.  Support can come in the form of wisdom, time to do the work, space to practice new leadership concepts, etc.

This course will deal with concepts and theories and then apply them to organizational situations. Not all theories will work in every situation and some may not be relevant to your particular situation. This class is made up of intelligent students with considerable managerial experience in a wide array of situations. This course is designed to help participants learn from each other, experts in the community, and their mentor.

Investment: $3,000.00 per person

10% discount to current FBCH members

Methods of Learning:

This course will use the following:

  • Readings from a textbook:  Essentials of Organizational Behavior (14th edition) by Stephen P. Robins and Timothy A. Judge.  Published by Pearson.
  • Quizzes
  • Reflections
  • Personal projects
  • Group discussions
  • Personal assessments
  • Case studies
  • Mentor interviews