I've written a book called ‘Werken met hart en ziel’ (Working with heart and soul). Writing the book was 99% hard work and 1% inspiration. It took two years to do, but it forces you to think about the long-term future of and in your company. You have to be able to combine that with the strategy and profitability of your business. I would recommend every entrepreneur to write a book.
Don't run off to a consultant too quickly. I prefer to seek out people in similar situations in what we call the ‘CEO Council’. In my case, these are CEOs of family businesses. Six of us meet up twice a year and talk about private matters, but also succession, takeovers like ours of Brantano, etc. Share your concerns with business leaders who are open to an approach like this, in confidence.
‘Reinventing organizations’ by Frederic Laloux from Brussels, who works as a executive coach and advisor, is a management book which, for once, does not come from an American management guru. The book offers a window on the organization of the future. It gave me lots of inspiration about how we can successfully further develop Torfs over the coming five to ten years.
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