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March 1, 2006

As a business family moves through the progressive stages of transition, there are the associated challenges of each stage to confront. None more so than when the family has exceeded the cousin collaboration. But don’t lose the family bond, writes John Ward

John Ward is principle of the Family Business Consulting Group. www.efamilybusiness.com

As a business family moves through the progressive stages of transition, there are the associated challenges of each stage to confront. None more so than when the family has exceeded the cousin collaboration. But don't lose the family bond, writes John Ward

March 1, 2006

Red Rocket is a $150 million manufacturing and distribution company located on the outskirts of a major American city. The company’s focus is the manufacturing and distribution of children’s toy cars, trucks, ambulances, and helicopters etc.

Red Rocket is a $150 million manufacturing and distribution company located on the outskirts of a major American city. The company's focus is the manufacturing and distribution of children's toy cars, trucks, ambulances, and helicopters etc. This second generation company has been in existence since 1955. The company's workforce of 175 includes a sales team of 25 across North America, Europe and Australia. The company is family-owned and has always been profitable.

September 1, 2005

Good office politics start with solid foundations so everyone – family members and non-family employees alike – know where they stand. Paul Dorf emphasises the value of employment contracts and outlines the issues to consider when preparing them

Paul Dorf is managing director of Compensation Resources, Inc, New Jersey, USA

Good office politics start with solid foundations so everyone – family members and non-family employees alike – know where they stand. Paul Dorf emphasises the value of employment contracts and outlines the issues to consider when preparing them

July 1, 2005

Families are melting pots for conflict. Add business to the equation and you have a fight on your hands. Bengt Hallqvist urges independent board members to take on the challenge of governance rainmaker, as he reveals his own worst-practice experiences

Bengt Hallqvist serves as an independent board member of five family companies in Brazil and Sweden, also chairing one remuneration and four audit committees. He is founder of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance

Families are melting pots for conflict. Add business to the equation and you have a fight on your hands. Bengt Hallqvist urges independent board members to take on the challenge of governance rainmaker, as he reveals his own worst-practice experiences

July 1, 2005

Just earning a living and keeping afloat is stressful enough. But when you have the responsibility of running your own company – and the waters are muddied by family relationships – the fallout can be catastrophic for your health. Scott McCulloch reports

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Just earning a living and keeping afloat is stressful enough. But when you have the responsibility of running your own company – and the waters are muddied by family relationships – the fallout can be catastrophic for your health. Scott McCulloch reports

July 1, 2005

The perils of borrowing and lending are well documented, especially when it comes to family and friends. However, there are ways to do it successfully and encourage innovation – without endangering relationships. Lloyd Steier describes how to do it

Lloyd Steier holds a research chair and is a professor in the department of strategic management and organisation at the University of Alberta School of Business. He is also the academic director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise and the Alberta Business Family Institute.

The perils of borrowing and lending are well documented, especially when it comes to family and friends. However, there are ways to do it successfully and encourage innovation – without endangering relationships. Lloyd Steier describes how to do it

May 1, 2005

Deep-rooted resentments among siblings can stem from childhood and blight the running of a family’s business. Andrew Keyt explains how effective systems of regulation and open communication between all parties can smooth the path of a company’s trajectory

Andrew Keyt is president of the US chapter of FBN International and executive director of the Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center

Deep-rooted resentments among siblings can stem from childhood and blight the running of a family's business. Andrew Keyt explains how effective systems of regulation and open communication between all parties can smooth the path of a company's trajectory

January 1, 2005

Establishing crystal clear boundaries between worker, family member, parent and sibling will not only open a path towards professional decision-making, it can eliminate a great deal of hardship down the line, says Dennis Jaffe

Dennis Jaffe is a founding member of the Aspen Family Business Group. www.aspenfamilybusiness.com.

Establishing crystal clear boundaries between worker, family member, parent and sibling will not only open a path towards professional decision-making, it can eliminate a great deal of hardship down the line, says Dennis Jaffe

November 1, 2004

Running a business with siblings can be rewarding – but is often hard and stressful, too. Entrepreneurial parents can smooth the path by clarifying rules early on, and entrepreneurial siblings must set their own rules as well, explain Renata Bernhoeft and Drew Mendoza

Drew Mendoza is the managing principal of the Family Business Consulting Group.
Renata Bernhoeft is a principal with Bernhoeft Consulting in Brazil.

Running a business with siblings can be rewarding – but is often hard and stressful, too. Entrepreneurial parents can smooth the path by clarifying rules early on, and entrepreneurial siblings must set their own rules as well, explain Renata Bernhoeft and Drew Mendoza

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