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Sharing inspirations for Family Businesses around the worldby Business Families Foundation

Daughters in charge!


Thinking about choosing a son to run your business? Well, here is why your daughter would be just as good (if not better) of a choice! There are many reasons for this decision, so take a look!

6 Steps to Overcome our Most Crippling Syndrome: Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)


It is hard to choose! The more choices you have and the more emotionally invested you are in the outcome, the more difficult it becomes. Added to the fact that everything is now on social media, the pressure to choose something better, or at least as good as what you see reflected back at you, rises.

30 is not the new 20.


Are you a young aspiring soon-to-be business leader, but the fear of making mistakes is slowing you down? What if we told you making mistakes can actually be beneficial to your growth! Discover why you shouldn’t worry about making mistakes right here.

5 Successful Family Ventures Which Began With Epic Failures


The magnificent city of Rome and its buildings old and new were not built in a day. And neither were the successful, go-down-in-history-type family endeavors which color our day-to-day lives. If a project you’re working on is currently not working out, consider these five stories before pulling the plug. These historical figures hit rock bottom, leaving them nowhere to go but up. Your low point may be bringing you one step closer to success.

Next Generation Family Businesses


Curious to see which businesses chose young, determined leaders to run the helm? Discover 40 companies that have CEO’s between the ages of 30 and 40.

7 Reasons Why What Makes Family Businesses Weak Also Makes Them Strong


In her presentation at the annual LIFT conference for technology and design in Geneva, Ramia Marielle El-Agamy, Manager at the Tharawat Family Business Forum, showed just how prevalent and how important family businesses are around the world.

Families rule the world


Family business account for 70-90% of all businesses worldwide. However, only 30% make it to the second generation, 12% to the third generation and 3% to the fourth generation. Uncover the secret formula to surviving the 3rd generation!

4 Scientific Facts to Know About Motivation and Performance


Conventional economic logic says the more incentives you offer to your team, the better they will perform. But family businesses may already know this is not completely true (see this week’s infographic on Emotional Ownership). In his classic TED Talk, career expert (and former speech-writer for Al Gore), Dan Pink […]

Engaging the Next Generation: Fostering Emotional Ownership


Emotions should not be cut out of family business. There are ways to use emotions to your advantage, so why not learn how right here? Foster emotional ownership!

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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 is a delicate dance

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.

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.


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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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.