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As a tree grows, it is often helpful to prune some branches to make space for other branches to grow. As families grow generationally, “pruning” – allowing some family branches to exit – can be beneficial both to the main family group and to the group that chooses to exit.As families grow, so does the diversity of family members. Managing the diverse needs and expectations becomes much harder. Unless the family business is always growing, it can be hard to support a growing number of owners. There can be ripples of discontent that can lead its members to seek escape. Also, you are never alone when it comes to engaging in conflict with other family members. Other family members are inevitably part of the mix.

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