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December 18, 2023 - Issue #104

An Innovation Challenge Can Help Employees Feel More Connected An Innovation Challenge Can Help Employees Feel More Connected A Minneapolis-based firm challenged employee teams to design and build something that would help people in their local community.
Everyday Gratitude in Times of Uncertainty Everyday Gratitude in Times of Uncertainty Gratitude leads to better relationships and encourages loyalty among our colleagues. This popular 2020 article has been updated for today's challenges.
Master Three Perilous Stages of Family Business Transition Master Three Perilous Stages of Family Business Transition Avoiding these minefields before, during, and after succession will help both your business and your relationships. Leave your own thoughts here!  
Keep the Founder's Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive in Future Generations Keep the Founder's Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive in Future Generations While entrepreneurship often creates the family's wealth, making it part of the family culture and legacy is another matter entirely. Here's how.
Generative AI Can Help Family Businesses Innovate and Grow Generative AI Can Help Family Businesses Innovate and Grow Technology can now take care of mundane tasks, and give people more time for satisfying, impactful work that requires creativity, emotional intelligence and empathy.
Why Don't You Educate Your Owners? Why Don't You Educate Your Owners? Everyone agrees that families should train members to become competent owners and stewards of the family business – but few of them actually walk the talk.
Diverse Boards Help Family Businesses Expand Internationally Diverse Boards Help Family Businesses Expand Internationally Pushing into new markets across geographic borders requires a family business to be more focused on possibilities…and this is where boards can make the difference.
How to Avoid Family Business Disasters
How Family Businesses Survive Unexpected ‘Wild Cards’ How Family Businesses Survive Unexpected ‘Wild Cards’ From government upheaval to COVID, Poland has dealt with many devastating events over the past 30 years. Fifteen family firms told us how they survived it all.
Seven Things to Consider Before Selling the Family Firm Seven Things to Consider Before Selling the Family Firm Former family business owners shared their experiences in this panel discussion hosted by the University of St. Thomas's Family Business Center.
Will Your In-Laws Help or Hurt Your Family Business? Will Your In-Laws Help or Hurt Your Family Business? As the Gucci and royal families show, in-laws can complicate things. Here's how family businesses can benefit from their perspectives and minimize conflict.
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Daughter Continues Mom's Legacy of Helping Others
by Kimberly Eddleston / Interviews

Blessings in a Backpack can inspire any family-run business or organization that hopes to continue the founder's spirit and mission in the next generation. Read more...

Self-Interest Can Skew Budgets at Family Businesses
by Joseph Astrachan / Practice Insight

Realistic budgets are powerful planning tools. But the motivations of owners, sales people, the production staff, and others can get in the way. Read more...

Why Prominent Business Families Dive Into Politics
by Marcelo Ortiz M. / Research Insight

A Chilean study found that the reasons go beyond protecting the family’s assets and economic interests. Read more...

A Secret to Success: Family Business Centers
by Kimberly Eddleston / Interviews

While family members running a business together often lean on one another for advice, they can often learn best from people running other family businesses. Read more...

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Supported by the Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

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