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Behavioral Science
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University of Wisconsin Family Business Center, FFI, FBN
Please share a little about yourself and your business.
I am the Director of the UW Family Business Center. I also have a Ph.D focusing on conflict during succession of the family business.

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Getting Back to Center

We work with our clients to help them with change, with whatever the change may be. It could be succession, it could be wealth planning, it could be cultivating leadership -- whatever it is, it is change. When change is introduced, regardless of what that modification may be, emotions are heightened. The intensity can skew positive (excitement) or negative (dread), but either way, the automatic tendency for people in such situations is to become reactive to other family members and to other… Continue

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 6:46pm

Promote Mistakes

“Since the way we learn is by making mistakes, the greatest risk of all is to wait too long to begin making those.”

“Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.Robert T. Kiyosaki, author, entrepreneur, investor.

“Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success.  What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence.”  Lisa M. Amos

“I have not failed; I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  Thomas…


Posted on August 25, 2011 at 4:07pm — 1 Comment

Kids, Wealth and Consequences

I am reading Kids, Wealth, and Consequences: Ensuring a Responsible Financial Future for the Next Generation by Richard A. Morris and Jayne A. Pearl. This book offers insightful information to help with the many facets surrounding wealth. One of the biggest issues parents struggle with is the discussion about the management and…


Posted on March 26, 2010 at 11:50am — 2 Comments

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