Unmasking The Ghosts Of Family Business

Unmasking the Ghosts of Family Business

Family businesses have their fair share of spooky shadows. Eerie echoes of the past often haunt the present, and communication ghouls can wreak havoc on collaboration if left unchecked. Oftentimes, balancing roles and responsibilities can seem like an intricate dance between tricks and treats. But as with any unwanted ghost,

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Shift From Fearing The Boss

The Shift from Fearing the Boss to Embracing the B.O.S.S.

“It’s what the boss wants.”  “I guess I’m bound to it because the boss requires it.”  “What the boss says goes.”  In business, many employees find themselves thinking—or even saying—one of these statements when it comes to their superior. They feel obligated to follow the direction that their leaders provide

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Don’t Forget the Family in Family Business

Warmer temperatures are on the horizon. Many families are counting down the days and hours to when the final school bell rings and a well-deserved few-month break ensues. Vacations are on the calendar, pools are nearly ready, and you can almost smell the coconut scent of sunscreen around the house.

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Saying “i Do” To Family Business

Saying “I Do” to Family Business

“I now pronounce you business partners.”  When you stood up on the altar to say your “I dos,” you likely didn’t hear this sentence mumbled after your marriage was complete. “I dos” don’t come with a side dish of business collaborations. But even though it may not have been a

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Conditions Needed For A Family Business To Bloom

The Conditions Needed for a Family Business to Bloom

You have likely noticed its arrival. Our days are brighter and warmer for longer. The trees, bushes and shrubs are budding. Daffodils and tulips are declaring their ready and the timing is right. Spring has arrived!  Each year, I enjoy today—the first day of spring—for two reasons. First, it’s a

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Success in a family business is a lot about love. That begs the question (as Tina Turner asked), “What’s love got to do with it?”  My answer is simple: everything! While there are many elements of a family business that differentiates it from other business models, there is one thing

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The Season Of Cheer

The Season of Cheer is Here

It’s here. There’s no running from it. Smells of cinnamon and pine are all around, and anticipation can be seen in the eyes of children who are counting down. The days are numbered before Christmas arrives. For family businesses, however, holidays can be a point of contention if you let

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