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Results from On-boarding Survey

Last month’s Family Business Advisor (FBA) article touched on the process of ‘on-boarding’ new employees in the company.  We asked readers and our advisors to comment on a few questions based on their experience, and we are summarizing what we … Continue reading

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The Changing Face of Philanthropy in Family Firms

Paul Hawkins of the University of Portland, recently said the following: “When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth … Continue reading

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The Difference Between a Coach and a Mentor? Is There One?

I’m often approached by family members who need a coach.   They may have a mentor who is sometimes, a family member. So why is that not enough? This lies in the fundamental difference between the mentor and the coach. A … Continue reading

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The Power of Dialogue

During a recent conference with family businesses in Asia, I had the honour of giving a presentation on the subject of governance. It was all about the structures, processes and the behaviours required for promoting the continuity of a family … Continue reading

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Aren’t the Holidays Enough? Sports Rivalries and the Family Business

If the holidays weren’t enough to stir up trouble for family businesses here in the US, for the past couple weeks we have been in the midst of college football rivalries to add some fun conflict to the family business. … Continue reading

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9 Lessons in the Succession Selection Process from Warren Buffett & Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett and his company Berkshire Hathaway gave the family business world an inside look of how an entrepreneurial first generation business goes about the selection of a new leader. Earlier this week Berkshire Hathaway introduced little known Todd Combs … Continue reading

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Family Businesses Go Undercover

It can be a lonely place to lead a family business but CBS Television’s Sunday show ‘Undercover Boss’ http://www.cbs.com/primetime/undercover_boss/ has become a useful tool for many family business leaders to get a glimpse of how others interact and relate to their … Continue reading

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