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Sharing inspirations for Family Businesses around the worldby Business Families Foundation

Ownership

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 […]

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 […]

Should you join the Family Business?

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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 […]

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 […]

It’s Not About Closing the Deal, It’s About Opening a Relationship

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Worried about borrowing from banks for your family business? Are experience and a strategic partnership equally as important as the financing to help grow your business? Then maybe an HNWI is right for you! What’s an HNWI? Find out here.

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 […]

Responsible ownership matters

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We’ve learned from the past. In today’s society, business owners are increasingly expected to take responsibility for the actions of their business. How can you be confident with your ownership choices? Discover these key patterns behind responsible ownership.

The entrepreneurship factor in family business success

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Running a business wasn’t always smooth sailing for you, so don’t expect it to be that way for your successor. Find out here how you can prepare and be prepared for the next generation’s leadership.

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

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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.





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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.

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.

Building a 100-Year Family Business - Successfully Transitioning Over a Century

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.


Building a 100-Year Family Business - Successfully Transitioning Over a Century

Monthly Feature

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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