Written by Professor Peter Vogel We live in an era of unprecedented change and transformation. Technological, demographic, environmental and social uncertainty is causing leaders around the world to worry about the future of society, the economy and our planet as a whole. In an attempt to address the manifold challenges, a […]
The summer is a wonderful time to reflect, reinvent and inspire ideas. We’re not often handed time to reflect on ourselves anymore, so it’s important that we create those moments for ourselves – consciously set aside time for personal reflection and establishing aspirations for the remaining of 2018. Reflection can […]
Did you know that 1 out of 3 intrapreneurial projects give birth to a solid new business, which is 3× more efficient than entrepreneurship! In a world of aspiring entrepreneurs, it is time to value innovation within existing family businesses. Who would have thought that a family owned recruitment firm would invest in […]
By Stephen Hecht Co-Founder & Chief Executive Peacemaker Million Peacemakers When I was 20 years old, my uncle died. It was sudden, a heart attack during a visit to our stores on the west coast. As the president of our family business, and my personal mentor, we were in deep […]
Business has been the most powerful institution on the planet since the second half of the twentieth century. Dr Willis Harman, co-founder of the World Business Academy in 1987 put forward the view that the dominant institution in any society needs to take responsibility for the whole, as the church […]
By Abigail Noble, CEO of The ImPact What do people really mean when they talk about “impact investing?” Why do people make impact investments, and how do they do it? What counts, and what doesn’t? The ImPact — a member community for families committed to making impact investments — answers […]
What is the single most useful thing you can do to understand your ideal ‘future world’? At BFF we come across many inspiring families and, at a personal level, it’s easy to think “we wish our own families could be more like that family.” How useful is it to think […]
This past October, we hosted in Vancouver, British Colombia, the Family Matters Forum 2017 – Triple Bottom Line, welcoming family leaders and experts to take these matters into their own hands and share ideas on how to take action around People, Planet and Profit. People – Rethinking how we Invest […]
Could we be undervaluing the ‘soft’ side of family business because it isn’t directly measurable in money? At BFF we often talk with enterprising families who are justifiably confident about the ‘business’ side of ‘family business’ yet feel less sure about the ‘family’ side. It’s a very common phenomenon and […]
An alternative perspective on the critical difference of family businesses Thierry Malleret, Managing Partner of The Monthly Barometer, provoked discussion at a BFF Forum event when he commented on how well family businesses are suited to a world that is VUCA – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. His argument was […]
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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Messages can be misinterpreted, ideas can be misunderstood, and we often say more with our bodies than we do with our words. In a family business context, there is an added level of complexity in regard to balancing family and business communication.
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Listen to Dr. Ivan Lansberg, who teaches family business at the Kellogg School of Management, present ways of inclusion and exclusion of spouses in the entrepreneurial family governance and decisions.
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For some, the notion of working with a husband or wife is a desirable personal and professional scenario. If this partnership works well, husband-wife businesses are spectacular. However, if it does not work out, it can be devastating for the company and the marriage. But what do you need to consider when it comes to setting up a business with your life partner?
The Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the Rotman School of Management has a mission to study corporate governance and provide practical insights for companies about what good governance means.