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Seller’s Remorse in the Family Business

Before you give your business to your children, you must first set expectations As a family business consultant, one of the most common issues I come across is the disappointment when a family business is transferred from parent to child, and the expectations are not met. This can happen for a number of reasons, from differences in generational values to differences in motivation, but the main cause is a lack of communication. In most cases, each party—parent and child—go into the succession process with … Read More >

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How to Exit the Family Business — Without Exiting the Family

The “family” dynamic in a family business has the potential to make a company great and undermine it at the same time. Even when things seem like they are going well, complex, underlying issues between family members can eventually lead to someone deciding to split from the business.  If you’ve read the tabloids or have been near the internet in the past few months, you’ve likely heard a famous example of this—Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in the midst of leaving the most … Read More >

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Why Legacy Is the Key to a Smooth Transition for Family Businesses

As you may have heard, the world’s most popular television show, Game of Thrones, is in the midst of its final season. The show—if you are one of the approximately 15 people on the planet who has not seen it—has an overriding theme of family and the importance of family legacy. Much of the characters’ motivation is derived from creating or leaving a legacy. The concept of legacy—in the show and in real life—is both abstract and incredibly powerful. And for family businesses in … Read More >

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Family Business Feud: Getting to the Root of the Issue

Family-owned businesses have a unique dynamic. There is a lot more emotion involved than in a public company where answering to the shareholder is the driving force behind all decisions. This emotion can be a positive thing – creating a feeling of unity in which everyone works together to reach a common and even righteous goal. Emotion, though, can complicate things as well – especially among family members in the business. Family relationship dynamics often leak into actual work issues, sometimes amplifying those issues … Read More >

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When You Should Revisit Your Company’s Values

Let’s Talk About Values Every person and every company lives and operates by a set of values – or at least purports to. Too often though, we state our values, then ignore them – and eventually forget about them. Revisiting your values on a consistent basis is extremely important – especially for businesses. Values are not static. Times change, businesses change and leadership changes. If your values aren’t reflective of these shifts in your business, things can get off track quickly. As a family … Read More >

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