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March 30, 2022 - Issue #57

Thought Leader Dennis Jaffe: What the Best Family Businesses Get Right Thought Leader Dennis Jaffe: What the Best Family Businesses Get Right Jaffe shares the insights gained from his research into family firms from around the world that have lasted at least three generations.
Family Firm Values Start at an Early Age Family Firm Values Start at an Early Age Values, as Mitzi Perdue points out, help children become responsible stewards of the family business when it's their turn. 
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'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.

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Why Does EOS/Traction Work So Well for Family Businesses? Why Does EOS/Traction Work So Well for Family Businesses? EOS helps family businesses become strong in six key areas, and gets family members aligned around the company's strategic direction and where they fit.
Who Will Be Your Competitors in the Future? Who Will Be Your Competitors in the Future? What you don't see can hurt you. These researchers developed a way to predict who may upend your business tomorrow.
Spinning Ourselves Around: How to Manage The Emotional Turmoil of Crises Spinning Ourselves Around: How to Manage The Emotional Turmoil of Crises Societal and business challenges, such as those caused by the pandemic, can cause emotions to swing wildly, hurting our psyches and our businesses.
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10 Tips for a Blog that Builds Readership and Business 10 Tips for a Blog that Builds Readership and Business The currency of influence is ideas. And blogs are one of the small but mighty ways that leaders can begin to affect change in the world.
Choosing the Right Technology to Support Your Business Choosing the Right Technology to Support Your Business Don't get lost in the jargon. Instead, ask "What does this system do?"
COVID Sparks Succession Scramble COVID Sparks Succession Scramble

Reuters reports that the Covid-19 pandemic has sparked a scramble among Italian family businesses for succession, with options including M&As, VC investment, and a variety of deals all on the table.

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