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 […]
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 […]
With an undeniable entrepreneurial DNA and as founding partner of Vancouver-based Renewal Partners and chairman of Renewal Funds, Joel Solomon knows a thing or two about about investing in a sustainable triple bottom line (people, planet and profit). The Clean Money Revolution, by pioneering investor Joel Solomon, calls for the reinvention of […]
Entrepreneurial Families and the Triple Bottom Line Every year, Business Families Foundation brings together some of the greatest entrepreneurial family role models to share solution-driven ideas. This year, we are pleased to host our Family Matters Forum in Vancouver, BC, taking place October 19-21. We will address how to […]
University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business Business Family Centre has launched a free self-paced online course for family businesses – available on edX! The Business Families Centre at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business has launched a new online course for family businesses. Family Business […]
What if family members worked for two-year periods in the family business, at various points in their lives? A commonly asked question is: “should I join the family business?” People typically think that the answer must be ‘yes’ or ‘no’. But suppose the answer were to be: ‘for a bit…when […]
When people are asked to describe a typical person in the 1%, they might start with hedge fund managers and top bankers (the ‘working rich’) or wealthy individuals who live off their inherited wealth alone (the ‘rentier capitalists’). They are unlikely to think of the segment of the 1% […]
Dr. El Agamy of Egyptian origin and his Dutch wife, Antoinette, have spent the last 40 years living in Switzerland and raising their three daughters, Farida, Ramia, and Shereen. Following a successful career in international multinationals and as independent advisor, Dr. El Agamy together with his wife and daughters founded the Tharawat Family Business Forum, a network dedicated to the sustainability of Arab family firms and Tharawat magazine a global publication for family business good practice in 2008. Farida and Ramia El Agamy established the headquarters of both the association and the magazine in the UAE and Switzerland and the sisters have been working together and for their family ever since.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch Carolyn Greenspon, a 5th generation member of The New York Times Company founding family, describe the influence her late great-grand-mother still has on the family to this day, and how business family leaders can act as role models to inspire generations to come.
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.
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.
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.