Latest Entries
Complexity (Part 4)
Consulting / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Leadership / Management Science / Research in the Field

Complexity (Part 4)

From Spain and South Carolina – two articles on navigating strong personalities and direct discussions in families and their businesses. Read the articles here: Navigating the Gray in Family Business: Notes to my clients by Melissa Mitchell-Blitch Balancing Personality Traits: Capitalizing on the strengths of our “true self” by Lucía Ceja Barba Stay tuned next … Continue reading

Navigating the Gray in Family Business: Notes to my clients
Consulting / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Leadership / Management Science / Research in the Field

Navigating the Gray in Family Business: Notes to my clients

Have you ever felt conflicted? A part of you wants one thing, but another part clearly favors something else. On one hand, it is a great idea, while on the other hand, you are not so sure. As a business decision you would choose “A.” On the personal side, you are much more comfortable with … Continue reading

Balancing Personality Traits: Capitalizing on the strengths of our “true self”
Consulting / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Leadership / Management Science / Research in the Field

Balancing Personality Traits: Capitalizing on the strengths of our “true self”

Have you ever encountered a family business leader that needed to be the protagonist, had little tolerance of being criticized, was highly seductive and had a board of directors that admired him and hardly questioned him? This family business leader is likely to do anything to remain in the spotlight and may have little empathy … Continue reading

Complexity (Part 3)
Consulting / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Leadership / Management Science / Research in the Field

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
Consulting / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Leadership / Management Science / Research in the Field

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
Consulting / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Leadership / Management Science / Research in the Field

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)
Consulting / Issues in the Family Enterprise / Leadership / Management Science / Research in the Field

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