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Sharing inspirations for Family Businesses around the worldby Business Families Foundation

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How to build on the idea that 1+1=3?

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How to build on the potential of the ‘couple partnership’? At BFF we like the idea that a couple partnership (two people, two siblings, two generations etc.) can generate an unexpectedly large amount of value. To put it another way, it’s possible that 1+1 = 3. To maximise the power […]

Entrepreneurial Families as Wealth Creators

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Wealth creators in the 1% There is a common perception that the top 1% of households are completely at odds with the 99%. They are often assumed to be Forbes billionaires who live off inherited wealth (the ‘1% rentiers’) or are hedge fund managers and top bankers (the ‘1% working […]

Supporting Growth in Family Enterprise

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Tips to ensuring your family business thrives and succeeds.

Addressing Conflict in your Family Enterprise

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How to address conflict in your enterprising family – a look at the DESC method and why conflicts can be beneficial.

Working Your Way Up The Family Enterprise

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An overview of the benefits of working your way up in the family enterprise – including refining your management skills, building a stronger network, gaining deeper employee trust and having a deeper understanding and greater perspective of the whole organization.

Enterprising Families Across the Globe

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Family businesses are an important part of our global economy. Take a look at some family enterprise statistics from across the globe!

The 5 Things You Need To Know About Your Family Business Finances

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It’s important you understand your businesses’ finances, regardless of your position. Here are 5 things you need to know!

Integrating Guiding Principles Into Your Family Business

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Tips to create a vision/mission/values statement for your family business, which will ensure your employees are on board and will help your business achieve the triple bottom line!

How To Make Working With Your Sibling Work

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Working with your sibling can be extremely rewarding. Here are some tips to achieve success!

Going Into Business With Your Partner

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While going into business with your spouse can be challenging, it can also be extremely rewarding. Here are some tips to help you achieve success.





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The Future of Family Business

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What Business Families Foundation can offer you

Intrapreneurship Programs

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.

Launch your own Intrapreneurship Program

Start building a community of intrapreneurs wherever you are in the world. If you are ready to bring the Intrapreneurial Program to your community, we will help you make it happen.


Online Courses

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.

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.


Interactive Activities

Need help making important decisions? We’ve spoken to hundreds of families who have lived it. We’ll ask you the tough questions to guide you in finding the right solutions for your family and your business.

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.

Participation of in-laws in family meetings and decision processes

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.


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.

In Business With Your Spouse

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?


In Business With Your Spouse

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Want to be first in the know? Each month we release one item from our PREMIUM package to the public for a limited time. Don’t miss this opportunity to check out brand new BFF resources.

The Long-Term Survival of Family Business

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.


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