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Family Business - Blood non-Blood

Family Business – blood non-blood

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Unless your family business is a “mom & pop corner store” (which is more akin to owning a job than owning a business anyway), you will need to have a mix of ‘blood’ and ‘non-blood’ people working in it. As any business matures and grows, there becomes a need for professionalisation and systemisation. While owners may put a high value on the people in the business (especially family), the true value created in any business…

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2nd 3rd generation response to parents success

2nd & 3rd Generational Response to their Parents Success

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Children tend to grow up with their parents as role models and therefore their benchmarks of success. Now, here is some real research on generational difference. According to a study by Oxford University academics, men who surpass their parents’ qualifications report lower levels of psychological stress, while those who do worse are more likely to feel depressed, lonely or sad. Women, however, have no such hangups. The study is quite extensive – using European Social…

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Generational labels in family business

Generational Labels in Family Business

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The millenial impact research has illuminated a much more caring generation than generally believed, one that is complex in their depth of passion toward causes. http://www.themillennialimpact.com/about The ongoing debate about ‘generation wars’ will never stop, but here’s an interesting take on this from Slate Magazine, which claims that research on generations is flawed. Statements like “baby boomers are selfish” and “millennials are narcissists” abound, but where is the science to support this, it asks. While…

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Transition of Trusted Adviser Relationships

Transition of Trusted Adviser Relationships

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The rising generation stands to inherit significant wealth, and families are spending much effort and expense to ensure that they are well prepared to become effective custodians of that wealth. However, it’s important for families to also consider the services required to help manage that wealth: advisors. In any family, at some point in time, the wealth will shift from one generation to another. When someone inherits wealth, it becomes ‘theirs’. This contrasts with advisor…

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Social Media and Society - Intergenerational

Social Media & Society for Intergenerational Targets

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What have you noticed about the difference between the way you and other generations (up or down) use social media? I stumbled across a wonderful article that deals with the intersection of two of my favourite topics: intergenerational issues and the impact of social media on society. It analyses the starkly different ways that Facebook is used by Baby Boomers, as opposed to Millenials. It comes from a web site called The Cheat Sheet, which is…

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Generation Wars Politiical or soical

Are Generation Wars Political or Social?

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I think the notion of generational wars is a perpetual myth (or perhaps a perpetual truth). Every generation has certain influences which drive their attitudes (political & social) and thus the policies enacted by their leaders. It’s very easy to point cross-generational fingers of blame, but very hard to sit in the other-generational seat and play judge. Have the Baby Boomers ruined the US economy (and the world) for the Millenials? That’s what Bruce Gibney…

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Family Business Strategy

To Sell or Pass On? Family Business Strategy

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As The Economist magazine poignantly wrote: “Inheritance is a process, not an event”. According to Australian research, family businesses are ill prepared for succession planning, appointing a new CEO, or even a strategy for the future of the business. The first consideration is whether anyone in the family even wants to take over the business – plenty of children have no interest. Then, decide if the current owner(s) want to hand it over. Any successful…

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Ownership & Management of Family Business

Ownership & Management of Family Business

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Family is (hopefully) for life. If the family business starts to interfere negatively with the relationships in the family, then there is imbalance. Family businesses are challenging because of the overlapping of family, business and ownership (known as the “three circle model”). Researchers from Harvard have extended this into four “rooms” by adding in the board room. Because family members wear multiple hats, are in multiple circles, or sit in multiple rooms, they need an…

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Wealth and Happiness

Wealth & Happiness

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Q: If the world’s two richest men cannot keep their wives happy, what hope do we have? A: No, that’s not a real question – it’s a meme that circulated following the news of the divorce of Bill & Melinda Gates. Many people with wealth realise that money can’t make a wife (or anyone) happy, but that doesn’t stop them trying. In business, sometimes we decide to “throwing money at a problem”. That means directing significant resources…

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Equity and Fairness; Greed or Envy

The Principles of Equity and Fairness

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Consider This: Are members of your family more driven by greed or envy? While neither are good attributes, what can you do to mitigate their risks? Greed and Envy are two of the ‘seven deadly sins’ and are relevant to material wealth. Economists adopt the fundamental principle that people seek wealth maximisation (a form of greed), but is this really the case? Because we live in communities and families, it can be argued that the…

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