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Who Should be Members of Your Board?

Often when working with clients to help them form or revamp a board we are faced with a list of qualifications that are strikingly similar to those of the current CEO:  “a current president/CEO of a business in our industry … Continue reading

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Information and Communication: The Challenge of Data Overload

A keynote speaker I heard twenty years ago, who promoted himself as a ‘futurist’, made the point: “don’t worry about the trash, we’ll find a way to deal with all the trash as better recycling technologies arise.  The thing you’ve … Continue reading

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Female Board Members

Why should it be difficult to find well-qualified females to serve as independent directors for family business boards? Very frequently we are specifically asked by clients to present them with female director candidates. (Why do they make this request? Stay … Continue reading

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Should we encourage family employment?

In a recent study of large successful family businesses, I noticed an interesting trend.  Families businesses that have spent generations discouraging family members from entering the business are now developing programs to pull them back into the fold.  They have … Continue reading

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The Emotional Benefits of a Board

The Emotional Benefits of a Board: By Stephanie Brun de Pontet, PhD While many articles have been written on the importance of a well-functioning board of directors to the sustainability of a family business over generations, it is not unreasonable … Continue reading

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Tensions in Family Governance

  A large family business in the Midwest with an active – and highly effective – Family Council has been struggling recently with two nagging questions:  Should the bulk of Family Council work be done by one designated leader, or … Continue reading

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Governance : Why is it so hard to define?

  This week I’ll be speaking to a group of family business owners in the Milwaukee area, and the topic they chose was “Governance”.  When they requested that topic, first I felt excitement – but it was soon followed by … Continue reading

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