Ideas & Stories

In their father’s shadow

I remember when I was young, looking at the rich kids at school and at uni. They always had the good lunches, wore the best clothing, were dropped off in (or later drove) the best cars and lived in houses that (to me) were like mansions. They were a …
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Bringing your kids into the business

It is easy to bring your children “into” the business. Most family businesses start this by simply employing their kids often while they are on school holidays.  But what about employing them for a lifetime career?  Without a strategy and a …
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Working with Family Members

It usually starts out when the founder’s spouse (usually the wife) helps with the business accounts.  Or the teenage children need cash and help dad out in the office, warehouse or in the factory during school vacations.  Such is the beginning …
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Roast Lamb and the Family Business

We have had a Sunday roast lamb with my wife’s parents now for nearly forty years. Even our children have grown to love this family ritual. Throughout the world, the tradition of the regular sharing of food brings families together even after …
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