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Are they your connective tissue or weakest link? It is critical that family and business values be reconciled in a family business. In “Fostering Family Value(s)”, Olof Bik and Michel Adriaansens point out that there are two sides of the values coin, regardless of where those values originate. How does one “embed and preserve the integrity of core values,” yet avoid the pitfall of a “strong culture turning into a repressive culture”?
Four Videos that can help family businesses Dr Lee Hausner is an internationally recognized family business consultant and clinical psychologist. In her keynote speech at the National Family Business Australia conference in August this year, she opened by saying, “There is the business of business and the business of the family. If the business of the family is fine, the business will be fine. So we need to focus on the family.”
Could you use some help? Communication is one of the most difficult and important skills any business family has to learn. At Insights, we have a range of communication resources available for free.
Women, Family, and Business: Enabling Women to Succeed in Family Businesses The number of women-owned businesses increased 74% from 1997 to 2015, whereas the total number of businesses only increased 51%, according to the latest State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, produced by American Express. What’s more, the number of women leading family businesses has increased five-fold since the late 90s.
Family Office Exchange shows specific family business education is the key. For children, growing up in a wealthy family comes with certain challenges. Many such children have difficulty conceptualising the value of money, or take their family’s wealth for granted. On the other hand, they may feel a sense of guilt or even shame for enjoying wealth they didn’t earn, and a sense of pressure to “make the most” of the fortunate situation they were born into. Indeed, research shows that adolescents from affluent backgrounds are more prone to depression, substance abuse and anxiety.
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The Next Generation In 2014 Price Waterhouse Coopers released the findings of their Family Business Survey- Bridging the Gap. They interviewed 207 next gen family business leaders. They found them to be ambitious with big ideas and eager to make changes, hardworking but knowing they always have to prove themselves and the majority identified gaining the respect of their co-workers as their biggest challenge.
Wondering how other family businesses address it? It seems that two of the most difficult issues for family groups in business are firstly identifying their challenges and secondly taking that huge leap to start talking about those challenges together.
Get inspired The Center for Family Business at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland has just published a new list of the 500 largest family-owned companies by revenue. If you are passionate about the family business sector like we are, you will find this fascinating. If you are just starting out in your family business, I think you will find it inspiring.
Facing a communication breakdown? If you’re encountering a conflict in your family business, it may not be for the reason you think. It is said that 10% of conflict is because of a genuine difference of opinion, but 90% is due to simple miscommunication.