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Complexity (Part 3)
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Complexity (Part 3)

Here is the third in the April series on Complexity in Family Enterprise. An article by John Wofford deals with the complex issue of choosing a lawyer (or lawyers) for the family enterprise, and Boris Matijas’ article applies the Cynefin model as a way to simplify the decision making process in a complex system. Read the … Continue reading

Dealing with Complexity through Different Contexts
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Dealing with Complexity through Different Contexts

In complex situations there are no simple solutions, but there can be different contexts that range from simple to complicated, chaotic or complex (Snowden & Boone, 2007). By determining the context in which the conversations should be focused, family enterprise professionals can get a better perspective of the situation and be in a better position … Continue reading

A Lawyer’s Dozen: 13 Roles lawyers play for family enterprises
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A Lawyer’s Dozen: 13 Roles lawyers play for family enterprises

Choosing a lawyer for a family enterprise engagement is not a simple matter. In advising family enterprises, lawyers play at least 13 roles, involving different skills, experience, approaches and temperaments. Advisors to family enterprises – whether based in finance, accounting, insurance, management consulting, therapy, or indeed law itself – should help their clients think through … Continue reading

Complexity (Part 2)
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Complexity (Part 2)

This week’s Practitioner is the second in the April series on Complexity in family enterprise. Two experienced practitioners discuss the topic from very different perspectives. Rosa Nelly Trevinyo-Rodríguez focuses on some of the more difficult behaviors one might encounter from the individuals or branches in the family while Jane Hilburt-Davis suggests that practitioners expand their … Continue reading

Enhance Your Work with Improv!
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Enhance Your Work with Improv!

What is Improv and what does it have to do with our work as advisors to family enterprises? These were questions I had as I began to notice that it was popping up in places such as the MIT Sloan School of Management, the negotiation program at Harvard Business School, and in groups as varied … Continue reading

How Do We Deal with Stubborn & Sphexish Family Members?
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How Do We Deal with Stubborn & Sphexish Family Members?

Every family is as unique as its members. However, when advising families in business, we sometimes find similar challenges and complexities to address. One of them is stubborn and sphexish family members. But, what is a stubborn, sphexish family member? An individual—or group of persons, i.e. a branch of a family—who, despite the fact that … Continue reading