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Sharing inspirations for Family Businesses around the worldby Business Families Foundation

One of the Things We Often Miss in Succession Planning

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“One of the things we often miss in succession planning is that it should be gradual and thoughtful, with lots of sharing of information and knowledge and perspective, so that it’s almost a non-event when it happens.” – Quote by Anne M. Mulcahy

Next Gen Family Business Leadership Interview: Alessandra Nishimura

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My name is Alessandra Nishimura. I am one of 19 members of our third generation. I majored in Business Administration with specializations in Human Development. I have worked in different fields; event organizer, publishing company and consulting. In my family business, I coordinated a program to develop future shareholders and […]

Is the Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?

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“Doesn’t matter if the glass is half-empty or half-full. All that matters is that you are the one pouring the water.” – Quote by Mark Cuban

Generational Development of Family Enterprises

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Successfully building and operating family businesses over multiple generations requires the ability to creatively respond to challenges and complex issues that arise with each generational transition. What are typical circumstances, associated challenges and ways to successfully overcome these challenges?

No One Can Avoid Defeat

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“No one can void defeat. That is why it is better to lose a few battles in the fight for your dreams than to be defeated without even knowing why are fighting.” – Quote by Paulo Coelho

5 Reasons New Ventures & Family Businesses Make a Good Match

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As the concept of the Innovator’s Dilemma pervades business culture, organizations big and small, in sectors from education or high-technology, increasingly worry they will be “disrupted” by industry newcomers. “Disrupt or be disrupted,” the Silicon Valley adage goes, influencing organizations to experiment with emerging business models, out of fear that these harmless new players may down the line challenge their age-old business (e.g. MOOCs and business schools). Driven in part by this need to stay at the frontier of innovation of a quickly changing landscape, large and established companies are investing in new ventures. At first glance, family businesses may play no obvious role in this dynamic, neither as investor or investee. However, Family is one of the Fs in the three Fs of entrepreneurial financing, along with Friends and Fools, meaning that family businesses have likely started with family funding at one point. Furthermore, the unique goals and composition of family businesses may in fact provide them with considerable advantages compared to non-family business investors.

All Men Dream: But Not Equally

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“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream in the dark recesses of the night awake in the day to find all was vanity. But the dreamers of day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, and make it possible.” – Quote by T.E. Lawrence

It’s Not About Closing the Deal, It’s About Opening a Relationship

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Worried about borrowing from banks for your family business? Are experience and a strategic partnership equally as important as the financing to help grow your business? Then maybe an HNWI is right for you! What’s an HNWI? Find out here.

The Will of an Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” – Quote by Lori Greiner





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Looking to better understand key family business topics? We combine key concepts, expert advice and family perspectives to address important themes for you to apply in your own practices.

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Compass for Entrepreneurial Families

Compass for Entrepreneurial Families is an educational program developed by Business Families Foundation to provide business families with a better understanding of fundamental, contemporary concepts.


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What Should We Talk About at Family Meetings?

Play this interactive game to keep the family glue strong and to address issues around family communication and governance.


Relatable Case Stories

Want to see how it’s done? We’ll provide you with relatable business family scenarios so you can learn how to better handle difficult situations, anticipate common reactions, and avoid unnecessary conflict.

Communication

Setting clear communication boundaries in a family business can be complicated and every family is unique in how they decide to balance their work life and their family life.


Family Business Interviews

Searching for advice? We’ve collected hundreds of interviews. Listen to your peers speak about overcoming challenges and learn from their triumphs and failures to set your family and business on track for success.

Introducing the Family Business to the Rising Generation

Listen to David as he shares a personal anecdote regarding the introduction of a family business to the new generation. Introducing the company's history to the new generation can spark passion and loyalty at a young age. This passion is especially important to family businesses who often rely on the next generation as successors of the business.


Advice From Leading Experts

Seeking solutions? Hear from our specialists on best practices and strategies for dealing with common and complex family business issues. Take advantage of the knowledge and expertise they have to offer.

Interaction between the junior and senior generations in a family business

Watch Professor John Davis of Harvard Business School talk about the importance of reinforcing partnering between the junior and senior generations in a family business. In a family business, it is important to familiarize the rising generation with the business early on, so that they can take on responsibilities sooner.


Infographics

Passionate about family business? Browse our interesting and thought-provoking collection of family business tips, tricks and stats! In reading them, we promise you’ll learn a thing or two about family business.

Building a 100-Year Family Business - Successfully Transitioning Over a Century

Imagine if there was a potion to success… Identifiable qualities and steps that you could follow to build a 100-year family business. Well, we have just that. Follow the seven qualities here and you’ll be on your way to a sustainable multi-generation business.


Building a 100-Year Family Business - Successfully Transitioning Over a Century

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Safe Space - Governance in Action

This course is designed to be completed in tandem by members of the rising and senior generations, as learning partners.


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