Is the Old Bull Out to Pasture?

For over 25 years, we’ve been helping family members in business together achieve sustainability, typically involving the transition of leadership and ownership to the next generation.  Most often, it means helping members of the younger generation “take hold” and attain the competencies of leadership, and helping seniors plot a new phase of life, retiring from […]

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Stopping Conflict Before It Starts

In our work together as consultants to family businesses, we’re frequently called in at the stage when long-standing conflicts between family members have reached the boiling point.  Most often, we’re able to iron out even the most seemingly intractable interpersonal business problems, but occasionally by the time we’re consulted, the relationships are so badly fractured […]

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Decision Making in Family Businesses

It’s easy to assume that job descriptions and well-defined roles and responsibility guarantee clearly autonomous decision making. But that’s not always the case. For a business to be successful, it’s critical that there be clarity on the powers of decision making. When the rules and expectations around decision making aren’t made clear, the consequences can […]

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Fostering Stewardship

There’s a great saying; “The family that plays together, stays together.” We believe that family members spending time together helps create those integral intergenerational bonds and furthers the right type of communication.   A structure for family meetings and communication fosters stewardship. It allows the upcoming generation to learn about the history of the business, […]

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Roles and Responsibilities

When we ask family members in business together what they do, the response is frequently a rather glib, “Whatever needs to be done.” That’s what entrepreneurs do when they start a business. But as the business grows and matures, especially through multiple generations, clarity and agreement around who does what and who reports to whom […]

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