Getting Along: Straight Talk from a Family Business Veteran

Getting Along: Straight Talk from a Family Business Veteran
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Published: January 7, 2022
Updated: July 9, 2024
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Carl Beauregard, former President of Beauregard Equipment, has worked side by side with his father and three brothers, and has 15 younger relatives who could be involved in running the business someday. Over the years he's learned a lot about getting along with siblings and the values of trust and communication. 

In this interview, he shares what he's learned about harmonious relationships with both relatives and non-relatives at his New England-based firm, which sells farm and construction equipment. Some key takeaways: Don't cross the lines of responsibility with people who do their jobs well. Talk with key employees before you launch a change. Don't show off how you're spending your money, especially during times when the company must tighten the belt. Do a lot of "management by walking around" so you get to know non-relatives in the business. And do some careful planning before a new, larger generation takes over.

 

 


Kimberly Eddleston
Kimberly Eddleston
Schulze Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship / D'Amore-McKim School of Business / Northeastern University
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DOI: 10.32617/737-61d863bdf3a1e
Eddleston, Kimberly. "Getting Along: Straight Talk from a Family Business Veteran." FamilyBusiness.org. 7 Jan. 2022. Web 15 Jul. 2024 <https://familybusiness.org/content/getting-along-straight-talk-from-a-family-business-veteran>.
Eddleston, K. (2022, January 7). Getting along: straight talk from a family business veteran. FamilyBusiness.org. Retrieved July 15, 2024, from https://familybusiness.org/content/getting-along-straight-talk-from-a-family-business-veteran