Advising America’s leading families on family leadership, strategy, succession, growth & liquidity, next generation development, communication, mediation, and philanthropy.
Experience that Makes a Difference
John Messervey is an organization behavior consultant who counsels high wealth families throughout the United States and overseas. Over the years, John has resolved numerous complex issues including corporate growth and strategy, generational transfer of wealth, dispute resolution and mediation, next generation coaching and mentoring, family office governance, succession and related issues of earned/inherited wealth. He often guides families, owners and managers through very difficult conversations and is known for his consultations with very complex family challenges.
The Leading Change Program
Every family business is challenged to execute a collective vision. Many are stuck in “high neutral–revved up, but not in gear.” Well intentioned attempts at significant change often fail–too little, too late, with no real strategy, and limited execution and commitment.
LEADING CHANGE is a comprehensive, forward looking initiative that sets a new course for families in business. This highly interactive program aligns family, management and ownership around a common vision. Then, specific action steps are detailed in a family business LEADERSHIP AGENDA often accompanied by a highly personal document, WRITTEN UNDERSTANDINGS OF OUR FAMILY. Leading Change is rich in content, alignment and specific metrics for success and implementation.
High performing family businesses have learned to resolve their inevitable disagreements sensibly — without sacrificing relationships. Serious family business disputes require mediation, not litigation. For many high profile families, years of sleepless nights and millions in legal fees aboard the runaway train of litigation result in generations of family strife. After the legal wrangling, 98% of all cases are settled by mediation.
John has mediated dozens of high profile disputes–preserving critical relationships, family unity and assuring business continuity.
Selling the Family Business
For some families in transition, an internal or external sale of ownership stakes is a timely and desired outcome. Options for liquidity are important to all stockholders. Whether redeeming stock with other family members or arranging an outside sale, many carefully facilitated family discussions are needed to prepare and execute a transaction. For decades, John has guided many family members through this often “once in a lifetime” liquidity event.
John is often asked to match parties (with similar family and business values) seeking the “the right fit.” In a highly confidential, time sensitive and carefully constructed transaction, family owned businesses find the right partners — preserving long-term relationships with clients, customers, employees and associates.