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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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