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December 21, 2020 - Issue #20
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
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.
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.
While more than a quarter of small businesses have closed, some are doing surprisingly well, as this New York Times article points out.
Family firms, unlike non-family firms, value a learning-based path to entrepreneurship, which plays to women’s strengths. Read more...
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...
A clinical psychologist and family business advisor shares tips for cutting through emotions and focusing on conflict rationally and productively. Read more...
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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