Our Next Program
Family Secrets and Ghosts: Recognize and Deal with Sources of Conflict in the Family Enterprise
"Ghosts" may be the long-shadow of the founder, lost or forgotten members of the family or the long-decayed family values and culture. The challenges of deeply guarded secrets not only fracture good families but also wreak havoc in the business. Though a serious subject matter this case-oriented presentation will be upbeat, interactive and entertaining. Compelling case material will help you see how the discord can unfold and how to craft a plan for moving forward.
Dr. Gerard J. Donnellan works with business families to create an enduring legacy by focusing on what is important to them sothey may make wise decisions about themselves, their children, and their business. He also collaborates closely with advisors to these families by providing education and development activities.
With morethan 35 years experience as a clinical psychologist and consultant to families and businesses, Gerry is a recognized leader in the field of family business advising. He is an Adjunct Professor at the International Business School, at Brandeis University, where he created and teaches the MBA course, The Family Enterprise. He is the author of Who Will Drive the Bus? Guidance for Developing Leaders in the Family Enterprise and is a contributor to Sink or Swim: How Lessons from the Titanic Can Save Your Family Business. www.big-leap.com
Thursday March 13, 2014
3-5:30 p.m. Program
Sherrill Center, Mountain View Room
Welcome! Feel like working with your family is last thing you want to do today, but cannot bear the thought of leaving? Then you landed in the right place.
The UNC Asheville Family Business Forum with the Strategic Partners is a resource to help business owners' maximizes the overall well-being of their business and to transition successfully to the next generation. The Family Business Forum is the only ongoing professional development and awareness-raising environment specifically designed for family owned and closely held businesses.
Guided by its members and supported by the Strategic Partners the Family Business Forum presents programs and activities that are meaningful and relevant to the membership. The programs originate from member feedback, hot topics of the moment, and other scientific methods family businesses put to use. Not many of us get it right the first time, so it helps to hear what the others are doing. Go to Resources to request DVDs of past programs. Be my guest at any one program to see if the Family Business Forum is right for you.
Article of Interest
Five rules for family business success
September 28, 2013
Research shows that two out of three family businesses do not survive into the next generation. And not just from the first generation to the second, but from any generation to the next.
Because family businesses make up more than 70 percent of all businesses, the tally of closures can add up.
There is a lot of information available on what the central causes are for family business failures – and thus, some guidelines on how to avoid them. Read more.