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Entitlement Impact on Transition

Entitlement impact on family business transition

Personally, I think there is too much negativity around entitlement. Transitioning a business is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and “entitlement” comes up in almost every family discussion, presentation or lecture I give. It has become almost a dirty word when it comes to family wealth – something to be avoided at all cost. “How can I prevent my children from becoming entitled?” is what most every parent wants to know.

When it comes to family business, transcending the negative impact of entitlement can be achieved by 3 things:

  1. instilling leadership qualities in children,
  2. establishing good governance and a culture of accountability, and
  3. create a sense of custodianship when making decisions about the family business.

The vast majority of parents will transmit their wealth to their children, so the key challenge is to be realistic and manage children’s expectations (rather than avoid them). Being a little entitled isn’t nearly as bad as having no purpose or meaning, which is another ‘symptom’ of children in wealthy families. More about that another time.

Consider This: Do you consider your children ‘entitled’? If so, to what extent is this a product of how you brought them up? How much entitlement is too much?
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