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December 21, 2020 - Issue #20

Three Strengths that Can Help Family Firms Survive Covid Three Strengths that Can Help Family Firms Survive Covid The good news is that for many family businesses the challenges and invitations offered by the pandemic can allow them to emerge stronger than ever, both as families and as enterprises.
Sherri Noxel

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Sherri Noxel

'Letting Go'

Oregon winery entrepreneur Susan Sokol Blosser is one of the founders of Oregon’s wine industry and a prolific writer. In “Letting Go” she captured the very personal and painful journey of exiting a family business that she founded. It’s the type of honest book about succession that is hard to find. Her first book, “Gracious and Ruthless: Surprising Strategies for Business Success,” shares her point of view as a woman founder in a traditionally male industry.

http://www.susansokolblosser.com
Everyday Gratitude in Times of Uncertainty Everyday Gratitude in Times of Uncertainty A timely message for the holiday season: Gratitude leads to better relationships. It's also good business because it encourages loyalty among our colleagues, especially in times of crisis.
Developing responsible owners in family business Developing responsible owners in family business The next generation of owners is crucial to the family firm's survival. The process of getting them ready and instilling the right attitudes should start early.
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Leadership Lessons from Great Family Businesses Leadership Lessons from Great Family Businesses

Family businesses are a thriving economic engine, but many struggle to make it from one generation to the next. This article deconstructs what makes them viable for the long term.

Innovating While Preserving Tradition Innovating While Preserving Tradition

Venerable family firms that have been successful through the decades still must innovate. Here is how the leader of one Dutch firm balances tradition and modernization.

Surprising Winners in the Pandemic Surprising Winners in the Pandemic

While more than a quarter of small businesses have closed, some are doing surprisingly well, as this New York Times article points out.

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