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Dan Schneider specializes is working with families and organizations to design, build, and implement emotional and logical relationship systems and processes in order to increase human and financial capital and stakeholder value.

Dan’s experience includes business start-ups, business cultural development, succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, and community development. He has served as Vice-president of Development, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Vice President of firms in the manufacturing, technology, financial, and advertising industries. Dan’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts from St. Ambrose University; a Master of Arts in Legal Studies from Antioch School of Law; and a Certified NLP Business Practitioner from the Quadrant 1 Group in London, England. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Governors for Leadership Iowa, a statewide leadership program sponsored by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.

Dan is a Partner with The Rawls Group, and a founding member of the International Succession Planning Association®. Dan frequently speaks before local, state, and national organizations about leadership and change.

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As a car dealer, how can I ease my employee’s anxiety and worry?

A pandemic teaches us that there are things as leaders we should be doing all the time, not just when we are going through tough times. One of the more critical learnings of the COVID-19 pandemic is the importance of having a business continuity and disaster recovery plan in place. For businesses who had one when COVID-19 hit, they were more able to pivot, respond and keep business as close to normal as possible. Another key component is constant and clear communication with your employees, on both the professional and personal front. Be empathetic and [...]

How do I measure the productivity of my new remote team and ensure they are being efficient?

Communication is key. We hear it all the time in all aspects of managing a team and running a business. However, when managing a remote team, whether new or old, communication has never been more important. It has to be done clearly, early and often. Performance expectations remain the same whether in the office or working remote. Another key component is lead by example. Check in on your people often. Recurring meetings to talk about projects and work flow or to share concerns and hurdles, and allowing space for them to share their needs in [...]

When the car business gets back to “normal,” how should we approach if people want to continue working from home?

Some teams who have been forced to work from home may want to come back, and others may want to continue working remotely. What works best for the company culture and performance is unique to each situation. To set your team up for success review and create policies, procedures, expectations, access to technology to support and of course, flexibility. For some employers this may not be a comfortable consideration. It is important to identify what is working well and not working well with your remote teams. You also have to identify the reason you may [...]

Automotive News: No more wacky ads: New family to carry on dealer’s legacy

Sale to a compatible third party is a succession option. Dave Versicle , who is chief of editorial operations at Automotive News illustrates this concept in his latest article titled: No more wacky ads: New family to carry on dealer’s legacy. In Dave’s article, Our very own Dan Schneider shares his insight based on his experience shepherding Dealer’s through the keep, transfer or sell decision. Click the following link to read the Automotive News Article: No more wacky ads: New family to carry on dealer’s legacy. Read the article and then reach out us to get some insights on [...]

How Do I Navigate Family Business Dynamics If Only Some Family Want to Work In The Business?

The key is to navigating family business dynamics is to first identify WHAT you envision to be the family legacy. Is it the business, or is it what the business provides to the family? Once the legacy is determined, identifying who wants to be involved versus not, is critical to the future of the business. Four simple steps to get there include communication, transparency, formalized plans and ongoing meetings. Watch the short video to hear Steve Nowak with Bennett Thrasher and our very own Dan Schneider's insight on the burning question. As you listen to this [...]

What Are Some Strategies For Addressing Uncomfortable Subjects During Times Of Stress?

In times of crisis or stress emotions are elevated, making it even tougher to have uncomfortable conversations. Some may view these conversations as conflict, but in reality they do not have to be. When in doubt, the truth is the best policy. Communicating with confidence, empathy and authenticity can get us through the toughest of situations. Consider having a B.E.E.R with the other person or people, and remember that perspectives can be explained, not argued! Watch the short video to hear Bob Gilbert of Citrin Cooperman and our very own Dan Schneider's insight on the [...]


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