By Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D.
Family Meetings: How to Build a Stronger Family and a Stronger Business, 2nd Edition demonstrates the value of family meetings and how to effectively use family meetings to achieve family and business milestones. The 2nd edition contains more exhibits, tables and examples of how to assure success when having meetings. In its information-packed pages you'll learn:
ten benefits of effective family meetings;
how to use family meetings to plan for future ownership and participation in the family business;
how to use family meetings to preserve family traditions and history and to recognize and resolve conflicts;
the key questions to be dealt with at family meetings;
how to organize and run effective family meetings;
how family meetings change as the business evolves;
how to separate family issues from business issues;
how to use rituals and ceremonies for bonding and recognition;
how to have family retreats;
activities to energize family meetings and much more
Family Meetings is one of the most important resources available for ensuring family business continuity. Building family participation and commitment results in shared values and collective decisions that strengthen the business and the family.
'From my own experience in continuing a family business team relationship with my brother and sister, I found books such as Aronoff and Ward's Family Meetings invaluable. Without it, we would have neglected to bring up the family 'glue' issues for discussion, such as family vacations, birthdays, weddings, etc. That part of the meeting has done more to maintain our commitment to the family business by reminding us to stay committed and connected to one another.'
Patricia M. Cole
Nova Southeastern University
Reprinted from Family Business Review, December 2001
'Family Meetings offers practical guidelines for family businesses that need to work through issues typically avoided during the business day.'
Samaritan Medical Center
'Family Meetings was a breath of fresh air to our family business! Providing clear and concise tools, it addressed family dynamics bringing back to the table, trust, respect and communication. The need is out there and this book provides the vehicle. We've already recommended it to several family businesses!'
Jim and Lin Roscoe
Roscoe Steel & Culvert Co.