Monthly Archives: October 2010

Family Businesses Go Undercover

It can be a lonely place to lead a family business but CBS Television’s Sunday show ‘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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Trends in Giving for Young Professionals

The ‘personal finance’ columnist at US News & World Report, Kimberly Palmer recently wrote a book titled: “Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back” (Ten Speed Press).  In this book she cites an impressive statistic … Continue reading

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What does it take to make it as a next gen leader?

Our colleagues Asa Bjornberg and John Ward have both spent considerable time reflecting on and analyzing the answers to this question.  Their sage advice:  cherish what was as you embrace what will be.  Base your entrepreneurial initiatives on the spirit … Continue reading

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Families in Business Embrace Philanthropy in Many Ways

There has been a lot of buzz in the press of late around the ‘Giving Pledge’ launched by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, as an effort to encourage billionaires around the world to donate the majority of their … Continue reading

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Top UK CEO Pleads for All Companies to Act Like Family Businesses

Tony Leahy, the retiring CEO of the UK’s largest retailer, Tesco, offered great insights to what’s different about family firms. Though Tesco is no longer a family business, he explained, “Tesco began life as a family business and one of … Continue reading

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The Value of Business Books?

A recent piece by Dave Logan in “Tribal Leadership” made a compelling argument about why most business books are ‘bad for you’ – and while I am not sure that many are actually dangerous, I do agree with his premise … Continue reading

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Do Good Board Candidates Find Your Business Attractive?

This is a follow-up to the October issue of the Family Business Advisor, which presents the non-strategic value of directors. We are often so focused on finding “the best” director candidates, that not a lot of thought is given to … Continue reading

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Board Webinar – Sept. 29th, 2010 – Q&A

Jennifer Pendergast The Family Business Consulting Group held a webinar on September 29th titled Developing Your Board of Directors for Maximum Impact.  Jennifer Pendergast and Kelly LeCouvie were the presenters and Stephanie Brun de Pontet was the moderator for this … Continue reading

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Reframing “Letting Go”

Recently I was at my own family’s business board meeting. We are at a transition point in leadership.  We started to have a bit of a discussion about the difficult topic of succession. It began with a discussion around how … Continue reading

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