Narrative Embedded – Family Governance
February 04. 2021
Business Families — Dynamic Social Systems
Business Families are dynamic, cybernetic social systems on a macroscopic level, made up of inter-dependent individuals who are sub-systems on a microscopic level.
The Billionaire Effect: Emerging Entrepreneurs and Family Businesses Outperform
Jan 09, 2020 A recent study by UBS revealed an interesting fact that could determine the long-term success of a family business - the wealth of the founding leader. Specifically, publicly-listed corporations and family businesses that are controlled by billionaires have outperformed the rest of the stock market by a wide margin.READ MORE
How a Family Business Teams Up With Local Charity to Provide Access to Clean Water
Dec 3. 2019 The lack of access to clean drinking water is a critical global issue. An estimated 801,000 children younger than five perish from diarrhea each year, mostly in rural parts of developing countries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.READ MORE
Making Philanthropy the Family Business
Nov 28. 2019 Family-owned businesses are increasingly adopting philanthropy as a core aspect of their business model rather than a personal endeavor relegated to the sidelines. With the rise of social entrepreneurship, families seem to recognize the intersection of their values and commercial objectives.READ MORE
How Family Food Businesses Stay Ahead of Grocery Chain Behemoths
North America’s retail industry has become a case study for rapid disruption. Now dominated by major players like Amazon, Walmart and Costco, mom-and-pop grocery chains are increasingly rare. However, some family businesses have adopted the innovative culture of their larger rivals to stay ahead.READ MORE
Grappling With Succession in a Family Business: Q&A With Wells Fargo’s Chris Pegg
Jan 29 – Feb 01. 2019
Succession planning across multiple generations is likely to be one of the biggest struggles of managing a family business. Research from consulting firm Ernst & Young suggests that 80% of companies will change management within a given 10-year period but 62% have not yet picked a successor.
Selling the Family Business: Letting Go While Preserving a Legacy
Nov 05 - 09. 2018
“I’ve worked in the company for the last 42 years. And I never until this year even imagined the possibility that we might think about selling.” That’s what Don Graham, the head of the legendary Washington Post, told reporters shortly after he announced the sale of the family business to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Beating the Third Generation Curse
Oct 22 - 26. 2018
German immigrant Bernhard Stroh came to America in 1849 armed with little more than a recipe for making beer. The beer was so popular that he set up a brewery shortly before the First World War. By 1980 it had grown to become America’s third largest beer company. At its height in the 1980s, the Stroh family’s wealth was estimated at $9 billion by Forbes. It was all lost by the early 2000s.
The Unique Investing Approach of Indian Family Office RNT Associates
Image Credit: economictimes.indiatimes.com After 20 years of leading India’s largest family business, Tata Sons’ Ratan Naval Tata took a surprising step after retirement. He set up family office RNT Associates as a private investment vehicle to invest in startups emerging f...READ MORE
How to Create a Fair Family Business
Sep 03 - 07. 2018
Creating an equitable workplace is a challenge many businesses face. For family-owned businesses, the challenge can be amplified. Hiring and promoting family members isn’t necessarily wrong, but when handled poorly it could create ill will with non-family employees.