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November 20, 2023 - Issue #102

Good Intentions Can Sow Dysfunction at Family Businesses
A family business advisor talks about what well-meaning families get wrong about succession, conflict, and salaries, and what they can learn from watching "Cake Boss." Read More...
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Help Your Family Business by Helping Others
Philanthropy can be a catalyst for leadership development, and generate support and good will towards the business in the community. Read More...
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Do You Treat In-Laws Like the Family Business Outlaws ?
Families differ in their willingness to integrate outsiders into their family circle, but be careful: these actions influence the included or excluded individuals in different ways. Read More...
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Family Business Succession, Innovation, and Compensation: What You Need to Know
A family business scholar and a consultant discuss family values; succession planning; compensation for family and non-family members; and being bold without burning through resources. Read More...
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Let's Talk About Money -- and Trauma

by: Kimberly Eddleston / Interviews

Childhood shapes how heirs view the family firm and the wealth it has created. Older generations must start the conversations that confront the issues. Read more...

10 Things That Help Family Businesses Preserve Their Legacy

by: R. Adam Smith / Applied and Practice

A longtime family business advisor, financier and entrepreneur shares what a legacy involves, and critical areas that must be addressed to keep it thriving. Read more...

How Families Can Run Their Businesses With Both Head and Heart

by: Mat Hughes and R. Adam Smith / Commentary

In this audiocast, two family business experts discuss the passions and priorities of the family versus the need for clearheadedness and professionalism. Read more...

How the Right Mix of Employee Incentives Fosters Innovation

by: Elisa Villani, Christian Linder, Alfredo De Massis and Kimberly Eddleston / Research Insight

Whether your family business’s culture is traditional or modern, you can honor the past and still prepare for the future. Read more...


  1. How to Plan for a Successful Succession

    by Richard Eisenberg

  2. How Family Firms Can Prevent (or Cool Down) Sibling Rivalries

    by Jonas Ruzek and Kimberly Eddleston

  3. Daughters are Taking Over Family Businesses

    by Chris Farrell

  4. Divorce Can Hollow out a Family Business — But it Doesn’t Have to

    by Kimberly Eddleston and Jonas Ruzek

  5. How to Bridge Generations in a Family Business

    by Jessica Thiefels

  6. Generative AI Can Help Family Businesses Innovate and Grow

    by Mat Hughes and Paavo Ritala

Editorial offices located at St Thomas University

Editorial offices located at St Thomas University


  1. Why Family Businesses Must Mind the (Generation) Gap

    by Kimberly Eddleston

  2. What If a Hedge Fund Invests in my Family Business?

    by Matthias Leute, Yannick Bammens, Martin Carree and Jolien Huybrechts

  3. Founders: Let Next-Gens be Entrepreneurial

    by Kimberly Eddleston

  4. Will Your In-Laws Help or Hurt Your Family Business?

    by Marco Mismetti, Emanuela Rondi and Cristina Bettinelli

  5. Entrepreneurs Need an Agile Mindset and Agile Slack

    by Yoel Asseraf

  6. Leveraging Generative AI Tools Like ChatGPT for Startups and Small Business Growth

    by David Townsend

Supported by the Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Supported by the Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

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