Working with Chris Yonker was one of the most significant things I’ve done in my life. When we hired Chris we had intended to just use him for succession planning but he was able to see more within the business that needed attention. I know without Chris and his guidance and advice I wouldn’t have been able or willing to learn more about myself to help myself and my family.

Tim Spang, Founder of Spang Builders
 

Are you:

  • Three to ten years from selling or passing on your business?
  • Deep in the weeds of operations and unsure how things will work without your active presence?
  • Undergoing a Leadership Team change?
  • In the process of passing the torch?

 


Succession

In mainstream approaches to navigating succession, outside counsel aims to find a way for various generations to meet in the middle. The problem with placing the focus on meeting in the middle is that it can cause individuals to sacrifice what they value most. When we are in an “either/or” situation, we have less power. 

At The Center for Conscious Living and Fulfillment®, our Three Step Compass Process™ works with individuals and families to uncover blindspots that keep them stuck, attached to ego-centric outcomes, and in the spiral of fear and avoidance.

As a result of this work, families are able to find their center and make critical decisions based on outcomes of peace and fulfillment. They can protect core values, key personnel, customers, and family while setting the business up for success for future generations. The generation passing the torch is able to continue their lives with a renewed sense of purpose.

Continuing the legacy of a family is heart-centered work. Looking at succession from financial and logistical perspectives only covers up where the real issues–and real healing–of a family lie. 

We do the work of succession on a deeper level and create an experience that allows everyone involved to come out on the other side in an even better place than they were before.


Conflict Resolution

The avoidance of conflict (or even hostility) tends to be the biggest deterrent to healthy, thriving family businesses and, yet, many consultants avoid this type of work. Family dynamics can be messy. Along with creating tension within the family relationships and negatively affecting mental health, conflict also has a tendency to lead to animosity in other players in the company.

At The Center for Conscious Living and Fulfillment®, we work with each family member as well as the team as a whole to uncover the patterns, beliefs, and dysfunctions that are holding families back from healthy conflict.  

Chris Yonker has been labeled a “Family Business Chaos Manager" by his clients and has helped many families navigate their worst family conflict. He brings family dynamics to light in safe, impactful ways that allow families to experience long needed healing of relationships, which in turn impact the business and the personal lives of each family member. 

Some of the outcomes of resolving family conflict include deeper relationships, clearer visions, aligned values, improved company morale and engagement, having the right people in the right seats, and more. 


Family Governance

Strong, lasting family businesses need structured Family Governance. Determining the right structure for your family is dependent on many different factors, including how many generations are involved in the business, number of owners, business size, decision-makers, and interfamily relationships and dynamics. Most importantly, family governance needs to stand on the foundation of open communication and healthy conflict. 

Effective Family Governance can solve the problems of who, what and when you make decisions. It can eliminate much of the unhealthy conflict that often arises with differing opinions between family members and encourages the open dialogue of a broad spectrum of viewpoints and generations. This is achieved by implementing structures and systems designed to meet the family and the business’s needs.

Our clients have experienced

  • Overcoming long running dysfunctional patterns in the family
  • Healing for individual family members
  • Higher senses of joy, peace, happiness and ease
  • Less sleepless nights
  • A continuation of a long-held legacies started by previous generations
  • Finding purpose outside of the business after transition
  • Exploration and identification of the best avenues for transition
  • Retention of key personnel and customers
  • Strategies and Process to get the right people in the right seats to drive the outcomes you are after

Industries we have worked with

  • Residential construction
  • Commercial construction
  • Brokerage firms
  • Manufacturers
  • Service companies
  • Franchises
  • Financial services
  • Electrical companies
  • Medical companies
  • Automotive
  • IT companies

Here’s what Chris' clients have to say:

After several attempts with other coaches and consultants, Chris was the one who was able to move me and help with my transition.
TED GOODNOW, COFOUNDER WOODMEISTER

Michael S. Dow, Vice President The Dow Company, Inc.

We initially hired Chris to help us work through the process of establishing a succession plan. That work went so well we retained him long-term to work with the Executive Team on assuring our company and team hits their goals . We are extremely pleased with the ROI we receive from our investment with Chris in both personal growth and professional growth.

Dave Hoefeel, President Endurance Technologies

Working with Chris has been incredibly important in my ability to navigate through so many stressful and uncertain situations we now face. With his help, my stress level and anxiety has been manageable even with all of the changes that have come so quickly these days, especially with high stress brought on by COVID-19.  With all that is happening around me, I am more centered and capable of making critical decisions from a place that is calm and has more certainty.  I am so thankful I started working with Chris before the recent events because I have a strong base to work from.