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January 2010 Blog Posts (6)

Working with families in Asia

Family Business in Asia: Notes from My Travels



By Dennis T. Jaffe, Ph.D.

Saybrook University



We all know that family business is a universal, completely global phenomena, but to see the vitality and diversity of families in business everywhere is deeply moving.

I have just returned from a month in S. Asia and Australia, filled with the memories of meeting scores of families, who are nearly all actively engaged in navigating between generations.



Are… Continue

Added by Dennis Jaffe on January 31, 2010 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

Trapped in the Family Business®

For some individuals, working in a family business can be an incredible gift. For others, the family business is a prison, without any chance of parole. For those who are feeling trapped in the family business, ownership of the business is more burden than pleasure. The freedom that their family business allows is overshadowed by a lack of business process and clear structure. Having their name on the door is not worth being “on call” 24/7, or never being able to really take a… Continue

Added by Michael Klein on January 29, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Seasons of a CEO’s Life: A Time to Plant, Grow and Nurture

The Seasons of a CEO’s Life: A Time to Plant, Grow and Nurture



The CEO's job comes in three stages. The first stage is years one to three, what I call the “CEO Apprenticeship” or learning on the job. Even if the new CEO had good mentoring there is a big difference when you are flying the plane alone. This is the time that the CEO builds relationships with the board of directors, employees and stakeholders and begins the process of creating a senior management team that complements… Continue

Added by Randel Carlock on January 29, 2010 at 10:28am — No Comments

Año Nuevo

“…, 5, 4, 3, 2,1, ¡Feliz Año!” Ha empezado una nueva etapa, un nuevo ciclo.

La celebración de un año nuevo, es un periodo de reflexión, no solo del año que está a punto de terminar, sino también, de las acciones realizadas en la vida.



“…, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1,…” Los ritos y tradiciones; algunos propios de la familia las cuales se han realizado por generaciones, y otras “nuevas” copiadas, vistas o leídas.



“…, 5,…” En el ajetreo de la noche del 31, las personas normalmente se… Continue

Added by Jesus Ortega on January 21, 2010 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Communication- The Dum Dum™ Paradox

One warm Sunday afternoon on our way home from church I heard my kids arguing in the back seat. As I listened more closely to learn the root of the problem I heard what I now call The Dum Dum™ Paradox. My six-year-old daughter was trying to explain to my four-year-old son that the person who had been handing out candy at the end of the meeting only had one kind, Dum Dums™. In her mind it was clear that the person’s candy jar contained only one kind of candy. The four-year-old, however, was… Continue

Added by Dave Specht on January 6, 2010 at 4:12pm — 1 Comment

Even Happy Families are More Unalike Than Thought

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

- Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, Book 1, Ch. 1



Perhaps the word most frequently used by those of us who consult on family business matters is “generation,” although sometimes it is referred to by its lead letter, “G,” as in “G-1,” “G-2,” “G-3,” etc. Of course there always have been and will be differences between generations, and those differences can affect whole families, sub-part nuclear families,… Continue

Added by Lloyd E. Shefsky on January 5, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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