Strengthen Your Family
Strengthen Your Business

Family-owned Business Leaders Face a Unique Set of Challenges.

Bad communication patterns. Unresolved conflicts.  Inconsistent decision making.  Ownership struggles.  Patriarchs and matriarchs.  Entitlement.  Distribution of assets.  Managers who are non-family members.  Role confusion.  These issues can destroy your business, or your family, or both.  

The two most common challenges are: 

  1. Leaders who lack leadership skills. You may have often stepped into the role without proper training or education. You need to learn how to perform your role as a family business leader or manager.
  2. Family businesses often don’t measure what matters most.  You may need to assess your strengths and practice new behaviors.

You may know that family businesses represent over 60% of the U.S. economy and job creation.  You may also know that few businesses succeed for 3+ generations.  Too many of those family-owned businesses failed because they did not work with an expert business psychologist.

Get the Help You Need for Your Situation

Doug Gray, PhD, PCC, is a Family Business Consultant who understands what’s truly important.  He knows how to help family businesses prosper across generations.  His customizable consulting program can be done virtually and typically focuses in these areas:

  • Conflict Management
  • Succession Planning
  • Next Generation
  • Improve Communication
  • Family Meetings

All family businesses require expertise at times, helping you to reduce tension or conflict or anxiety. With proper guidance and practice, you can create long-term success for your business and the legacy of greatness for your family.

Topics Include

Conflict Management

All successful teams experience conflict and it’s even worse when your coworkers, boss, and your employees are also your family.

Doug teaches you how to navigate conflict.

Succession Planning

Most family owned business leaders lose sleep thinking about succession planning.  You don’t want to “die with your boots on” or “leave your business to the wolves.”

Doug will help you plan for the future.

Next Generation

The notion of a “Born Leader” is a myth. This means that anyone can learn the skills and characteristics necessary to become a strong leader.

Doug works with you to develop leaders in your organization.

Improved Communication

When you work with family members, where emotional triggers can escalate in a microsecond, practicing good communication is essential.

Doug helps you uncover the tools to create a culture of honesty and openness.

Family Meetings

Family businesses often get caught up in the busy-ness of daily operations and forget to focus on what really matters… one another.

Doug facilitates family meetings to help you achieve your desired outcomes.


Doug Gray, PhD, PCC is an Executive Coach, Organizational Leadership Consultant, and Business Speaker with over 30 years of experience helping people transform their lives and their businesses. Through his trademarked, evidence-based AD-FIT™ process, he’ll work with you to define and exceed your desired outcomes.

Kevin Mikeworth, Director, Laura M. Mikeworth, CPA

“Husband and wife business owners present many challenges. Doug has guided my wife and I through these challenges such as, business planning, employee management, and how to communicate with each other. Doug has been a valuable resource and coach; he is reliable, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and consistent with integrity. We will continue to refer Doug to other husband and wife business owners. Thank you Doug from both Laurie and myself!”

– Kevin Mikeworth, Director, Laura M. Mikeworth, CPA

Heather Ferguson Mathews, Account Manager, Ferguson Design

“I had recently started a new career path upon gaining Doug as my business coach. I felt comfortable in sharing my ideas, and he always encouraged me to strive for more. Through his coaching, I learned valuable problem-solving skills in which I still use each day.”

– Heather Ferguson Mathews, Account Manager, Ferguson Design

Jack Fleischer, President, Hermitage Lighting

“Doug is a very intuitive, responsive and directive individual who can help shape corporate management in a productive way. I would highly recommend him to help with personnel or organizational development and direction.”

– Jack Fleischer, President, Hermitage Lighting

Strengthen Your Family Business