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October 27, 2022 - Issue #74

Should Family Businesses Have Employee Ownership Plans? Should Family Businesses Have Employee Ownership Plans? ESOPs can be an attractive option for family firms. If you're thinking of one, start the planning well before the owner retires.
Advice for Untangling Conflict in a Family Business Advice for Untangling Conflict in a Family Business Janme Sinha of Boston Consulting Group talks about how soft emotional issues and hard business issues can tear families apart.
Don't Send Your Kids to Work Outside the Family Business Just Yet! Don't Send Your Kids to Work Outside the Family Business Just Yet! It's naturally assumed that future leaders should toil in the trenches somewhere else first, but this has some significant drawbacks.
Family CEO Burnout: How to Prevent, Recognize and Deal With It Family CEO Burnout: How to Prevent, Recognize and Deal With It How can leaders keep themselves from getting worn down or recognize burnout in themselves? And what should family members do if they see their leader struggling?
Family Firms: Like the Wolverine? Family Firms: Like the Wolverine?

A joint KPMG and STEP Project report suggests family businesses have built-in regenerative powers, just like Wolverine of the X-Men, and shares ways to tap these powers.

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Should Family Members Be the 'Face' of Your Company? Should Family Members Be the 'Face' of Your Company? Making family members part of your business's image has both benefits and risks. How to weigh if it's the right move.
How to Keep Remote Workers Inspired and Engaged How to Keep Remote Workers Inspired and Engaged Tradition-bound businesses will need to change how they manage people to keep them happy and focused on achieving business goals.
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by Jan-Philipp Ahrens, Melania Riefolo, Annegret Hauer, and Katharina Siegert / Research Insight

At 800 German firms, 81% chose sons over daughters in succession decisions -- and the presence of first-born sons also made them exclude outside candidates. Read more...

Unforeseen Crisis Made These Family Businesses Stronger
by Rebecca Alguera Kleine, Bingbing Ge, and Alfredo De Massis / Research Insight

The COVID-19 pandemic forced six German family firms to reckon with their identities, positioning and strategies -- and transform themselves for the better. Read more...

Perceptions of Family Firms Vary by Country: Why This Matters
by Philipp Jaufenthaler, Oliver Koll, Reinhard Prügl, and Maximilian Lude / Research Insight

Firms that signal they are family-run are usually seen as better quality and enjoy higher levels of trust, except in places like India where they're everywhere. Read more...

When the Family Leaves the Business, Can Their Values Remain?
by Roy Suddaby, Wilson Ng, Natalia Vershinina, Gideon Markman, and Matthew Cadbury / Research Insight

Researchers explored how the Cadbury family’s Quaker values, which prioritized honesty and fairness, have endured even after the confectioner was sold to Kraft. Read more...

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