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Business Owner Consulting

It Can Be Lonely At The Top

The journey of a business owner is not a linear one. No matter what stage the business is at, it has its challenges, and its ups and downs. For business founders and owners, it can be lonely at the top. Those working with you may not understand the decisions and trade-offs you regularly need to make, and not appreciate the risks you have taken to get there.

Depending on the size of your business and the current stage in its lifecycle, there are different options available to you. You might benefit from an advisory board or a board, join a peer board group, or have some formal or less formal mentor relationships and sounding boards. All of those can help.


How I can help

I’ve founded businesses and partnered in then, setup successful exits and experienced failure and done turnarounds. I have setup advisory boards and boards, and sat on them. What I do now is help others who are on similar journeys to the ones I’ve traversed. That way, I can have real empathy, and provide advice and guidance from genuine experience.

I start by asking lots of questions, some of which might be confronting but may open you up to considering things you haven’t but should: What do you want to be doing in 5-10 years? Do you own a business or just a job? What does your life look like aside from your business?

I can help transform both your business and your life by helping you make your business sale-ready (whether or not you want to sell it), and setting the business in the right context within your life and other goals.

What next?

Book a free 30 minute discussion where I will provide some feedback and guidance on your business and your aspirations. If you find that helpful and we proceed no further, I’m happy to have provided my time. If you then decide I can help, then I’m even happier.

What People Say About David

David brings his professional and spiritual self to everything he does. This shows up so well in his work with families. As we all know wealth means well-being and financial capital is something else. David understands the profound difference a families’ experience of well-being will be as he helps it unpack this vast difference in consciousness and its outcome for them. .He helps the family put its efforts towards enhancing each individual’s and the whole families’ well-beings towards theirs and its flourishing.

James E Hughes Jr - author of Family Wealth

David has been an inspirational and insightful thought leader as a member of PWN. He has presented for us on many occasions and always done an excellent job, with different and compelling content and ideas. Furthermore, he writes beautifully and express complex ideas through his writing exceptionally well. As an advisor he offers a unique perspective and an important offering for business families, focusing on releationship and succession challenges without having any conflicts of interest. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend his services and I often do.

Richard Milroy, Private Wealth Network

David chairs the advisory board of GBA Capital and board of Koa Capital. He has excellent commercial acumen, good humour, and the ability to maintain our strategic focus. As a consultant, or board member, David is a trusted adviser and ongoing source of wisdom.

Sebastian Jurd, Managing Director of GBA Capital, Co-Founder of Koa Capital

David is one of the most insightful thought leaders on family dynamics. I regularly read his newsletter and value his perspectives. I read his book “Transition” when I first started studying and applying the intellectual discipline of family business succession planning. It sits on the bookshelf beside my desk and I often refer back to it. Its wisdom is universal and timeless.

Henry Brandts-Giesen, Dentons Kensington Swan