This week’s edition highlights thought provoking presentations and case studies from family enterprise members at the annual global conference of the Family Firm Institute held last week in Washington, DC.
Perhaps no presentation in DC was more thought provoking than the closing keynote by French sociologist Dominique Moïsi on “The Geopolitics of Emotion: How cultures of fear, humiliation, and hope are reshaping the world.” This is not a presentation for the faint-hearted. Sobering, yet inspiring.
Following very closely on Moïsi’s heels is “Rise of the Extremophiles: How family enterprises can survive and thrive in complex operating environments” given by Devin DeCiantis and Ivan Lansberg. How can family businesses manage complex operational risks when their environment includes dangerous levels of country risk?
Presentations from Family Enterprise Members
Crucial to the practitioner’s understanding of the field is the data, information and insight provided by the family enterprise members themselves.
- Charlie Luck, third generation family member of a 90-year-old family company discusses “Leading Through Complexity: A case study of Luck Companies’ values-based leadership journey”
- Christian Haub, 5th generation member of the Tengelmann Group in Germany provides insights on “Cutting Through Complexity: A case study and model for maximizing economic and emotional success through governance”
- The Washington Post’s take on Peter Buffet’s presentation on “Life is What You Make It” – even when your father is Warren Buffet!
- “Finding the Clarity, Courage & Confidence to Leverage Top Talent.” How the 90-year-old family office family office at Pitcairn was transformed into a multi-family office by leveraging top talent.
Of course there was much more, so go here for additional video presentations.