Monthly Archives: February 2011

On Criticism

The other day I caught a conversation between a father and his young son. The boy had been the subject of criticism at school earlier in the day and was very upset by it. The father’s advice to his son … Continue reading

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Grandfather’s Rules

When I was a young bank President, one of my close friends was the new superintendent of schools in our town. One day over lunch he shared his “Grandfather’s Rules for Managers” with me. Some of those rules have guided … Continue reading

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Ancient Wisdom for Today

“What’s the most important thing I need to know to be successful in my family’s business?” asked the young MBA student with his soft Southern accent. This question after I had just been interviewed by his professor for over an … Continue reading

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Lessons from Egypt

The recent events in Egypt brought to mind something that I first read in 1999, so I revisited it again the other day. If you have never seen it or forgotten about it, I would suggest you take a look … Continue reading

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Addressing Emotions During Negotiations

I recently read a short interview of Stuart Diamond, a professor of Negotiations at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania who has also authored “Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve your Goals in the Real World” (Crown … Continue reading

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I Am Getting Tired Of This!

Working in or owning a family business together is full of benefits (meaningful work, a chance to make a difference, financial security, and others), but it is not uncommon to have periods of tension that, if left unattended, may become … Continue reading

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Questions Answered From Mastering Family Business Paradox Webinar

The following questions were asked during the recent Family Business Consulting Group webinar, Mastering Family Business Paradox.  Amy Schuman and John Ward were the presenters of this program.  CD’s and On-Demand Playback of this program are available at this link.  … Continue reading

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What Family Businesses Learn From the Conflict in Egypt

Kent Rhodes With recent events in Egypt filling our television screens, I am reminded how conflict, when managed well, has the potential to propel a group of people toward bigger and better things – whether that group represents a country, … Continue reading

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Managing Disagreements: Do You Have A Policy?

One of our good collaborating friends with FBCG is a marvelous woman named Joline Godfrey whose company is called Independent Means (independentmeans.com). She is top in her field in educating families around wealth management, particularly as it relates to younger … Continue reading

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Chick-fil-A Controversy Gives Insight to Family-Owned Business’s Powerful Culture

  A visit to Chick-fil-A reveals much about the organization.  The facilities, usually crowded, are pristine.  The employees, a rainbow of young (but during this recession not always so young) faces, inevitably are welcoming, smiling, helpful, polite and quick.  The … Continue reading

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