for Family Businesses & Their Advisors
Brought to You by Jane Hilburt-Davis
& Key Resources
We welcome you to this issue of Key Ideas. If you have questions
about any of the issues or topics, do let us know. We welcome letters,
comments, and suggestions.
Raising Healthy Wealthy Kids: Improving Your Chances
Increasingly Key Resources is contacted by high net worth families
to guide them through the challenges of raising their children to
become responsible, self-reliant adults who contribute to society.
For the very rich, raising healthy kids poses special challenges.
Each child is different, with his or her own unique strengths and
weaknesses, and they come with no guarantees or money-back offers!
We do, however, have some recommendations for improving your odds
of helping your children become responsible and self-reliant adults...
the Full Article >
Developing a Succession Process
Succession in family businesses is time of both crisis and opportunity.
Succession is certainly a crisis in family businesses; only one
third make it to the second generation. Successful families in business
take advantage of this transition time as an opportunity to develop
an objective process that creates an atmosphere of collaboration,
lowers the emotionality in the system, and establishes benchmarks
for the company, the board, as well as the management. As one of
my clients said, as we drafted the succession plan, "I get
it; it's first about the process and then the people." And,
if the process is fair and transparent, the right people will be
selected and the chances for buy-in by all are increased...
the Full Article >
Managing for the Long Run: Lesson in Competitive Advantage from
Great Family Businesses
Miller, Danny & LeBreton-Miller,
Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
In Managing for the Long Run, the authors have written a
wonderfully useful and readable book about what makes family businesses
different and great. They studied a total of 58 family controlled
businesses (FCB), which included companies such as Coors Company,
Cargill, Fidelity, IKEA, Hallmark, L.L.Bean, The New York Times,
S.C. Johnson and Wal-Mart Stores. The authors note that these are
not average family businesses but the 'great' ones. In their research,
they have concluded that "four driving priorities or even passions"
are evident in the great FCBs and their leaders. They call these
the "four Cs"...
the Full Review >
Did Mother Know Best?
Did mother know best? Here's an interesting article about peace
returning to Reliance, India's largest business group, after a settlement
hammered out between the two Ambani brothers. Apparently, after
7 months of a nasty public feud, Kokilaben Ambani, the brothers'
mother patched things up between them. She announced, "With
the blessings of Srinathji (a reference to the Hindu god Krishna),
I have today amicable resolved the issues between my two sons, Mukesh
the Full Story Here >
Your Chance to Weigh In
This issue we're asking our valued readers to participate in a
quick poll (it's simple and anonymous). Please click on the links
below to weigh in. We will share the results in the next issue of
For members of family businesses:
What do you look for most in an advisor?
Answer this Question
For advisors to family businesses:
What do you think is the one factor that makes you most effective?
Answer this Question
What Do You Think Leads to Family Business
In our last issue, we asked readers to participate in the following
For members of family businesses, what do you think is
the one factor that most contributes to family and business success?
(Family harmony; Agreement on business goals; Outsiders on the board
of directors; Formal policies for next generation employment; Other).
For advisors to family businesses, what do you think is
the one factor the keeps good succession plans from being implemented?
(Cost, Inability of founder to let go, Inability of next generation
to take over, Lack of agreement on vision for family, Lack of agreement
on vision for business, Other).
Here is a summary of the results:
- Advisors thought, by a wide
majority, that there was a tie between Inability to Let Go and
Lack of Agreement that keeps succession plans from being implemented.
- Members of family businesses
attributed Family Harmony, by a small majority the one factor
that most contributes to family and business success.
FFI Annual Conference
Be sure to check out the Family Firm Institute's Annual conference
in October, in Chicago. See details at www.ffi.org.
That's all for this edition of Key Ideas. As always, feel
free to contact
us with feedback, questions or comments.
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