Turning pennies into gold

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Family businesses are uniquely positioned to give forward and create impacts more far-reaching than they could ever imagine. Scott McCulloch explains.   When someone does a good deed for you, instead of paying them back, pay it forward by doing a good deed for someone else. Once upon a time, […]

A sign of a healthy enterprising family

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At BFF we asked Margaret-Jean Mannix, Chairman of Loram 99 Corporation, to tell us why she loves to help other members of her family to define their dreams. Here’s her story: “I find that, in family business, people can lose themselves and lose sight of what’s meaningful for them and […]

Why family purpose fuels family strategy

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Are well-defined milestones the secret ingredient in exceptional family businesses? Scott McCulloch breaks down the recipe.   How do you strategically align family business values and management culture in a family business? The short answer is with great care. Yet it’s hard not to take a binary view with regard […]

Two sisters talk about their family business and a strong emotion

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At BFF we get to know a lot of the complex emotions that affect enterprising families: pride-in-achievement, purpose-in-the-project, determination-to-survive and many others. We really appreciate Brittney and Breanne Ramsay, of BRITT Land & Engagement, telling us about the crippling-fear they experienced when their dad became unexpectedly ill. Brittney Ramsay: “We […]

How to use pre-framing for Family Meetings

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In BFF’s work with enterprising families we’ve noticed how, when people’s emotions become hot, they somehow seem to ‘forget’ important communication skills. People can become upset by even apparently innocent comments like: “I see what you’ve done, that’s what I expected you to do”. The retort could be: “So I […]