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David Spitulnik

About David Spitulnik

David Spitulnik Managing Partner, Spitulnik Advisors, LLC David Spitulnik is a successful executive with over 40 years of experience in both large technology companies and in consulting to and leadership of mid-market, closely held and family owned businesses across a variety of industries. In addition to serving as chair of the Private Directors Association’s Private and Family Business Center Outreach Committee, David frequently writes and speaks on a number of topics related to leading, building, maintaining and strengthening businesses and their governance structures. Drawing from a broad range of experience in the United States and internationally, David is called upon to coach and mentor business leaders, to work with companies to develop and implement their long-range plans and to advise businesses on board creation, structure and effectiveness so that the individual, the board and the company can maintain powerful forward momentum. David also is active in the community, currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Youth Job Center whose mission is “Success for Young People in Their Careers and in Life.” David published a book on leadership, Becoming An Insightful Leader: Charting Your Course To Purposeful Success. The book focuses on the journey from managing to leading to advising and reflects David’s belief in communicating and questioning how individuals and teams will define and then accomplish their goals and objectives. David graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in Economics and received his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

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Shut Up and Listen: How to Practice Effective Listening for Leaders

The key to active listening in leadership is to “shut up” and count to 10. This simple exercise discourages interruptions and boosts effective listening.

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In Developing Effective Leaders, Generalists Usually Beat Specialists

Growing and developing leaders may mean encouraging talent to move around the company, break through silo walls and peer beyond company ramparts.

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How Family Business Succession Planning Becomes Succession Implementation

Family business succession planning requires discussions about ownership, leadership, payment and other issues to smoothly transition from Gen 1 to Gen 2. 

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Consensus Decision Making: How Much Compromise is Too Much? 

In the decision making process, trying too hard to achieve consensus leads to suboptimal results. Consensus decision making should include the best of everyone’s input.

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Embrace the Elephant in the Room: Advice on Company Culture

As companies grow, culture can get lost. Learn to maintain company culture and embrace disagreements as more voices enter the room. 

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The Balancing Act: Why Leaders Should be Equally Tough and Transparent

Bad Bosses Don’t Communicate Vulnerabilities In her campaign for the Democratic nomination, Minnesota’s Senior Senator Amy Klobuchar’s campaign has had to deal with blowback from former staff, who alleged mal-treatment. She was asked about this on a recent CNN-hosted town hall, and to be honest, I was expecting her to avoid the topic. But instead […]

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Onwards and Upwards: Processing Failure in the Professional Setting

How to Move on Quickly and Successfully We have all experienced failure in our professional lives. And while no one enjoys opening old wounds, it is important to examine our failures so we can learn from them. In the workplace and in life, processing failure is crucial to success. Think about a time when you […]

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The Importance of Succession Planning for a Thriving Family Business

Succession Planning Means Looking Beyond the Second Generation Most family businesses don’t make it beyond the second generation. Even fewer reach the third generation of ownership. Why is that? As much as one generation would like to hand the business off to a next-generation family member, the following critical questions are often not adequately considered: […]

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Retaining Tribal Knowledge For Your Company’s Long-Term Health

Tribal Knowledge: Be in the Know America is getting older. Not just in terms of it having a birthday every year, but in terms of the percentage of people closing in on retirement. You can thank the aging Baby Boomer population for that. What that says to me is that any company with a significant […]

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Fighter Jet Fast: Making Business Decisions to Accelerate Growth

Making Business Decisions Air Force-Style In business, there are undoubtedly days when you feel like you’re constantly moving at speeds faster than Mach 5. With all the chaos that can ensue with endless meetings, calls, emails and more, it can be no small challenge to slow things down to a manageable pace when you are […]

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