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Sharing inspirations for Family Businesses around the worldby Business Families Foundation

Next Generation

What’s your ideal ‘Future World’?

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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 […]

Challenging the way we prepare the future

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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 […]

The multi-layered relationship of working with family members

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If family members work together, are they more likely to have multi-layered relationships with each other, rather than weak acquaintanceships? At BFF we witness families whose relationships are stronger because they are connected by the ‘glue’ of a family business. For this reason we particularly enjoy watching a mom-and-daughter team, […]

Intrapreneurship: Filling The Gap Between Owners & The Rising Gen

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A new working system is needed… Amidst new international uncertainties, 2017 brings forth a new reality for entrepreneurship within businesses world wide. This reality is no different for entrepreneurial families; the challenges faced by the rising generation and the need for new resources for existing owners, is creating the need […]

Next Gen Family Business Leadership Interview: Alessandra Nishimura

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My name is Alessandra Nishimura. I am one of 19 members of our third generation. I majored in Business Administration with specializations in Human Development. I have worked in different fields; event organizer, publishing company and consulting. In my family business, I coordinated a program to develop future shareholders and […]

Generational Development of Family Enterprises

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Successfully building and operating family businesses over multiple generations requires the ability to creatively respond to challenges and complex issues that arise with each generational transition. What are typical circumstances, associated challenges and ways to successfully overcome these challenges?

Family Business @ Work: Simón Torres (Grupo Contempo)

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I’m Simon Torres and come from a second generation family business from Colombia. My father belonged to a third generation family business that went bankrupt back in the 70’s and with the liquidation of it, he started his own business. He designed and constructed commercial, residential and institutional real estate […]

Lasting Family Businesses – How to Get Passed the Third Generation

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Anyone who owns a family business is familiar with the challenges faced when transitioning to the next generation. You aren’t alone! We have compiled 7 Lessons Learnt from people who have been in your shoes. Read more here, it may just save your business!

Next Generational Emergence in Western Societies: Understanding Digital Natives

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Generations have a lot of similarities but just as many differences as well. In fact, they have personalities, just like people.

6 Ways to Steer Clear of Multi-Generational Misunderstandings at Work

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As millennials, or those born between 1980 and 1990, enter the workforce, organizations everywhere are struggling to attract and retain top talent. New research from Pew Research Center shows that millennials are among the best-educated cohort of young adults in American history. And the reality is that their participation is required in order for the organization to survive in the long-term.





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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.


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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.

Imparting family values to the next generations

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.

Interaction between the junior and senior generations in a family business

Watch Professor John Davis of Harvard Business School talk about the importance of reinforcing partnering between the junior and senior generations in a family business. In a family business, it is important to familiarize the rising generation with the business early on, so that they can take on responsibilities sooner.


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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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.


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