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Advice for Family Business Successors: Be Humble and Curious
  David Bentall found out the hard way that his leadership of his family's construction and real estate firm wasn't working: his own uncle removed him from the company. Losing his job was a Read More...
What I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Business
Over the years, Noah Alper, 75, has started and run five businesses and a nonprofit school. Four of his ventures — including Noah's Bagels and the natural food and housewares chain Bread & Read More...
Category: Features
Your Family Needs An Emergency Succession Plan
As we all know successions are rarely easy, but unexpected transitions pose a significant risk to family businesses. When Herbert Fisk Johnson, Sr., the leader of SC Johnson, died unexpectedly in Read More...
Category: Commentary
Advice for Untangling Conflict in a Family Business
Janme Sinha became intrigued by family business dynamics when a distraught friend confided that his recently deceased father had left all of the shares of the family business to his brother. In Read More...
Should Employee Ownership Be Your Next Strategic Move?
EEA Consulting Engineers is an employee-owned firm in Austin, Texas. Like all engineering companies— and many other businesses—its success depends entirely on its people. So you’d expect the Read More...
Family CEO Burnout: How to Prevent, Recognize and Deal With It
Between COVID, supply chain issues, armed invasions, unstable markets, and the great resignation with millions of workers leaving the workforce (Parker & Menasce Horowitz, 2022) – or, more Read More...
Firm But Flexible Parents Raise the Best Family Business Leaders
In their aim to raise the next generation of family business leaders, parents often question if their parenting style is effective. They often ask themselves: Am I being too lenient or too strict? Am Read More...
What All Family Businesses Can Learn From the Merck Family
The Merck family business dates back to this apothecary, founded in 1668. The German Merck family has succeeded where many business families have failed: Keeping a group of 319 family members, Read More...
How to Keep Remote Workers Inspired and Engaged
Like all kinds of firms, family businesses have undergone a culture shock because of the pandemic. After starting out in the pandemic’s early days as a survival mechanism, remote work is now Read More...
Category: Commentary
How Family Businesses Can Attract and Keep the Best People
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic being mostly behind us, many organizations, particularly family-led small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), are still grappling with the fallout. During a crisis or Read More...

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