Family Enterprise / Leadership / Research in the Field / Succession

Transitional Leadership of Advisors as a Facilitator of Successors’ Leadership Construction

This week’s Practitioner features the second of five articles from the FBR Special Issue on advising family enterprise. In this article, “Transitional Leadership of Advisors as a Facilitator of Successors’ Leadership Construction,” Carlo Salvato and Guido Corbetta of Bocconi University explore the possibility of the advisor as a role model in the transition process. Associate … Continue reading

Advising / Consulting / Family Business / Succession

Byte Up! Guest Blog from Boris Matijas

In this issue The Practitioner is pleased to have a blog by FFI member and member of the Practitioner Editorial Board, Boris Matijas. He comments on the transformation of the industrial era towards the information society, and the impact it has to the family businesses. Byte Up! By: Boris Matijas When Nicholas Negroponte, prophesied that, … Continue reading

King Lear’s Fool: The role of advisors
Advising / Consulting / Core Disciplines / Family Business / Family Enterprise / Governance / Law / Philanthropy / Succession / Wealth Management

King Lear’s Fool: The role of advisors

In his article, King Lear’s Fool—The role of advisors, Dean Fowler encourages collaboration among professionals, but also argues for the individual consultant to gain mastery in an area other than his or her field of origin. Mirroring the continuing micro-specialization of education, vocational training and post-graduate study in society, the field of family enterprise consulting … Continue reading

Advising / Consulting / Family Business / Succession

No Stone Unturned

“A quiet bias seems to exist among many family business consultants and advisors that keeping the business together, regardless of individual costs, is beneficial and should always be a primary goal.” This is an intriguing opening sentence from Michael Klein’s article, No Stone Unturned. Klein says that bias can also be shared by the family … Continue reading

Addiction in the Family Business: An interview with Christopher Kennedy Lawford
Addiction / Consulting / Family Business / Legacy

Addiction in the Family Business: An interview with Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Addiction is a multifaceted and complex issue within families and family businesses. Those who were able to attend the 25th anniversary FFI global conference in Boston in 2011 had the unique opportunity to learn about this issue from one of the world’s foremost experts on the topic, conference keynote and member of the FFI Family … Continue reading

Case Studies / Consulting / Family Business / Succession

Love may not keep us together: Working collaboratively to advise family firms.

Reaching for Greater Heights: Collaborations between a family business advisor and a family therapist David Bentall and Peter Vaughan Article also available as PDF download In my work as a family business advisor, I have had numerous opportunities to collaborate with a registered clinical counsellor who specializes in family therapy. Working together, we have enjoyed … Continue reading

Case Studies / Consulting / Family Business / Succession

Case Study: Succession Planning in the Palliative Care Unit

Succession Planning in the Palliative Care Unit John Geddes Succession planning is often delayed or avoided due a number of reasons. And while the details may differ client to client, failure in this area is a phenomenon common to many family enterprises. The following story details a difficult and complicated situation for one of my … Continue reading