Conflict Resolution and Communication in Family Business

  • Plan a Family Chat over Christmas Break

    December 23, 2010

    Christmas carries many traditions, often including a gathering of family members from far and away places. Such "family time" offers a chance to have fun together, to enjoy one another's company, to...

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  • Prenuptial Agreements

    October 1, 2010

    Wedding season is upon us, with all its images of joyous ceremonies, beautiful flowers, new beginnings -- and for many family business partners, downright fright at the idea of an outsider laying...

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  • Using an Outsider

    August 9, 2010

    As I've facilitated business meetings over the last few years, more and more families are inviting a respected peer to sit in on the discussion and offer feedback and guidance. Families see the...

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  • How to Handle a Bum Brother

    March 16, 2010

    Remember the tune, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"? While the Hollies' classic song is a melodic calling to the practice of brotherly love, the reality of brothers working together on the farm can...

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  • A Different Kind of Risk

    March 15, 2010

    Farming and ranching today have plenty of "hard risk," that is, those tangible elements that make such a difference in whether one has a good year or a bad year. For example, marketing risk, weather...

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  • Nuts and Bolts of Family Dialogue

    April 1, 2008

    After facilitating hundreds of family meetings in the past dozen years, I have found a number of common agenda items that would serve any family well to discuss. With the current volatility in...

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  • Ensure Effective Family Meetings

    March 1, 2008

    Our last column was about getting people to see (or agree) that the communication process is important in a family business. Once family members agree that talking about their business and family is...

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  • Ready or Not, Communicate Now

    February 1, 2008

    We often use this column to write about the importance of communication. Whether the subject is succession, business planning, goal setting, marketing or tax decisions, or just the ongoing nature of...

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  • Good Communication Key in Family Planning

    March 1, 2006

    In last month's column, I suggested that when transitioning your wealth or business to the next generation, you should include key people (children and their spouses) in the planning effort, open the...

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