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April 08, 2024 - Issue #115

A Charismatic Family Business Founder Can Be a Tough Act to Follow A Charismatic Family Business Founder Can Be a Tough Act to Follow For family businesses, a popular leader can bring many benefits, but can make it challenging to manage succession. An advisor offers strategies.
Research-Based Advice for Family Businesses: Our 10 Best-Read Articles Research-Based Advice for Family Businesses: Our 10 Best-Read Articles We've partnered with top researchers to bring their insights to our wide audience of family business owners and leaders. These articles resonated the most with readers.
Family Business Succession: Your Questions Answered Family Business Succession: Your Questions Answered This new page of FamilyBusiness.org answers many of your most important questions about succession and has links to dozens of articles.
Why Do We Treat Strangers Better Than Family Members? Why Do We Treat Strangers Better Than Family Members? A family business consultant explores this question, and shares advice on managing conflict, setting boundaries, and cultivating more kindness within the family.
Kimberly Eddleston The Next Generation's Embrace of AI Kimberly Eddleston

This PwC Global survey shows that future family business leaders are more optimistic than the current generation about what AI can help them accomplish.

Mitzi Perdue Discusses Family Connections
What If Activists Target My Company? What If Activists Target My Company? Social and environmental activism can be a blessing in disguise that helps new ventures find opportunities and older companies innovate.
How to Encourage Devotion Among Nonfamily Employees How to Encourage Devotion Among Nonfamily Employees Good things happen when employees identify with the firm, participate in decision-making and feel loyalty -- and certain combinations of the three are most effective.
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Family firms, unlike non-family firms, value a learning-based path to entrepreneurship, which plays to women’s strengths. Read more...

Family Firms May Need More Legal Advice Than They Think
by Kajsa Haag, Hanna Almlöf, Marina Madsen, and Mette Neville / Research Insight

Families are often reluctant to anticipate and plan for the day when an unexpected transition might upend their business. The costs of inaction are high. Read more...

How to Defuse and Recover From Family Business Conflict
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A clinical psychologist and family business advisor shares tips for cutting through emotions and focusing on conflict rationally and productively. Read more...

Helping Next-Gens Envision Their Family Firm’s Future Success
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This classroom exercise seeks to motivate future family firm leaders to think ahead and design a holistic vision of their family firm in 10-15 years, covering many different (and potentially conflicting) aspects of it. Read more...

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