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All complex systems will experience conflicts and conflicting relationships over time; these articles includes statistics, research and suggestions for advisors and consultants.

FFI Practitioner is pleased to feature a podcast discussion with Doug Baumoel, the recipient of the 2023 FFI Interdisciplinary Award.

Thanks to the FFI Asian Circle Virtual Study Group members, Linda Salim and Kimberly Go for this week’s edition that examines the important role of the Chief Emotional Officer (CEO) in Asian family enterprises.

In this week’s FFI Practitioner, FFI Fellow and 2022 recipient of the FFI Interdisciplinary Award, Jack Wofford shares insights he’s developed over nearly 30 years as a mediator working with family enterprises.

Thank you to this week’s contributor, Ricardo Mejia, for his article exploring how implementing short-term strategic projects can further the alignment of owners and help manage conflict within the family enterprise.

In this week’s edition of FFI Practitioner, Eva Wathén provides an introduction to Restorative Mediation and explores its potential benefits as a method of conflict management for family enterprises.

All family enterprise systems will experience conflict at some point. This week, we are pleased to share a collection of articles published in FFI Practitioner that highlight the impacts of conflict within family enterprises and provide suggestions to advisors to help guide their work helping their clients to manage these conflicts.

Thanks to this week’s contributors and members of the FFI Asian Circle Virtual Study Group, Yukio Fujimi, Chikako Kishihara, and Kazuyoshi Takei, for their article that provides an overview of the Taoist approach to family therapy.

Thanks to Javier Macías, a member of the FFI Iberoamérica Virtual Study Group, for this article exploring three options available to consultants working with clients experiencing chronic conflict.

How can family advisors help their clients when they are so enmeshed in conflict that they seem to have erected impenetrable barriers? According to this week’s contributors, Mitzi Perdue and Amy Castoro, advisors can utilize three communication techniques to break down these barriers and address the underlying causes of the conflict. Mitzi and Amy have illustrated these techniques with an instructive case study that can be shared with clients.

How can relationship conflict and socioemotional costs impact a family business owner’s subjective assessment of the firm’s value? In this week’s edition, which is a précis of “Relationship Conflict, Family Name Congruence, and Socioemotional Wealth in Family Firms,” an article appearing in the December issue of FBR, Navneet Bhatnagar explores this question and the relevant implications for practitioners.

How can advisers utilize the creative process and even mask-making to help family businesses address and resolve conflict? For this week’s edition, we are thrilled to share an interview between Russ Haworth, host of the Family Business Podcast, and Charlotte Dillon and Oliver Hallam about their presentation at the upcoming FFI Global Conference. Their presentation is titled “Unmasking Imagination and Creativity” and will be a mask-making workshop to explore how creativity can mediate family business solutions.

Thanks to Marianna Martinez, a member of the FFI IberoAmercian Virtual Study Group, for this article entitled, “Eight Strategies for Conflict Management in Family Meetings.” You have your choice of reading in in English or in Spanish! More articles from this group will be forthcoming. We appreciate their taking the lead in helping us publish in two languages!

Points of significant change and transition in the life of a family business lead to predictable psychological reactions.

Conflict is a part of life — and of family enterprises Conflict is a broad and important topic. It’s an unavoidable part of life and of human interaction.

Transformation this article makes the claim that mediation, a private, voluntary and creative process, can be designed to effectively address and resolve conflict among family members engaged in family enterprise(s) and that mediation can be a transformative process.

According to statistics, 75% of current companies listed among America’s Top 500 won’t exist in 2027.

Family business stakeholders are smart. They know their business and their family better than any consultant ever will. They may have read many of the foundational books and articles on best practices for family business.

In this article GEN (Global Education Network) 501 faculty member Anthony Devine looks at three sources of conflict in the family business.

Have you ever found a family harmony myth in your family client? Probably we all meet these myths when working with our clients.