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August 2010 Blog Posts (19)

Plásticos Holón*: cuando el nombre es la marca.

Qué desea el dueño y su esposa

La viabilidad del…


Added by Alicia Graciela Stivelberg on August 31, 2010 at 3:40pm — No Comments

The Value of Values Investing

In the past, working to increase assets and to affect social change were considered divergent paths. There was assumed to be an inherent tradeoff between making money and accomplishing a social good. If you wanted to change the world, you donated to charity. This is no longer the only option. Now, due to trends involving talent, technology, markets and policy, that tradeoff no longer needs to exist. This ability to combine your value set and investment thesis will allow you to think about…


Added by Josh Cohen on August 31, 2010 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Blanket Property Insurance for Geographically Diverse Properties

Multigenerational families often own numerous residential properties either individually or collectively. Such properties are often located in areas known not only for their beauty and affluence but also for the potential for catastrophic storms, earthquakes, and wildfires. The increased frequency and severity of such catastrophes in recent years have impacted the availability of insurance in these regions. Mass destruction resulting from past catastrophes has caused great anxiety amongst…


Added by Mary Gust on August 31, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Role of the Multigenerational Family Office

Technically speaking, all families are multigenerational, and most families care deeply about the relationships between and among members of all generations. However, some families consciously cultivate and strengthen multigenerational bonds. These ‘multigenerational families’ work hard to optimize their…


Added by Bradley G. Fisher on August 30, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

How Do I Bring My Son Back into the Business After Botching It the First Time?

Recently I received an email from a business owner that stated his relationship had drastically dissolved with his son several years ago after circumstances caused him to fire his son, rather than lose half of his management team. He reported his son was naturally full of resentment, claiming he was stabbed in the back by jealous managers and that his career was ruined as a result. The father went on to say that he realized that he… Continue

Added by Ricci M. Victorio on August 27, 2010 at 8:18pm — No Comments

From Family Business to Family Legacy

The world is facing a generational crossroads as trillions of dollars in new wealth generated at the end of the century, is being passed down to the next generation. The elders (and not so elders) who have created this “new” wealth are beginning to confront the question of legacy: What will be the impact of all this wealth on society,…


Added by Dennis Jaffe on August 24, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

What Do Families of Wealth Need During These Challenging Times?

Current events have never been more challenging to families of wealth and their advisors. Arguably, the evolution of financial, socio-economic, political, and other matters are always in a state of flux – that is the nature of the world in which we live. Having just returned from the Galapagos Islands and learned more about the theory of evolution, one is reminded that the world changes constantly…


Added by Laurent Roux on August 23, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Family Business Issues: Creating a Family Member Employee Development Team, They Could Be the Owner One Day!

I am constantly being introduced to family business owners who are just “winging it” with respect to preparing their family members to assume greater responsibility, contribute to productivity and ultimately assume a command and control position. The net result of “winging it” is that the family member generally floats around without genuine accountability and never makes life complicated for managers who would otherwise be held responsible for his/her development. Unfortunately, the average… Continue

Added by Loyd Rawls on August 23, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

International Wealth Management When a Family Member Resides Abroad

Living and working abroad, international marriages… When it comes to international wealth management, issues related to having a family member who resides abroad affect an increasing number of families worldwide. The following points illustrate the complexity of this topic. As no two cases are alike, the…


Added by Cédric Meeschaert on August 23, 2010 at 12:41pm — No Comments

How Family Businesses and Venture Capital Backed Companies Face Similar Boardroom Challenges

Family businesses have a lot in common with venture capital (VC) backed companies. First, they are led by passionate, inspired individuals, their founders, who are determined to challenge the low odds of success for their new venture in order to realize their vision. They also both face major business challenges as they grow, and their early evolution can be characterized as operating from one crisis to the next— these are resource constrained companies in need of risk capital to… Continue

Added by Pascal Levensohn on August 23, 2010 at 12:21pm — No Comments

After The Sale: Continuing A Shared Family Enterprise

This article does not constitute tax, legal, or other advice from Deloitte Tax LLP, which assumes no responsibility with respect to assessing or advising the reader as to tax, legal, or other consequences arising from the reader’s particular situation.…


Added by ROBIN HAYS-HAUN on August 23, 2010 at 10:26am — No Comments

Innovación en la Empresa Familiar

¿Sabían que el imperio de la empresa familiar Cadbury se fundó sobre la idea de alejar

a la gente del alcoholismo? La historia se inicia con John Cadbury, un joven

cuáquero que abrió una tienda en 1824 en Birmingham, Reino Unido, para vender

bebidas que fuesen alternativas al alcohol como el té, el café, el cacao y el

chocolate, y de esta forma alejar a las clases trabajadoras de lo que, según el

propio John, era una de las principales causas de su pobreza. La idea…


Added by Guillermo Salazar on August 19, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Family business survey says . . . the recovery is moot

Blackman Kallick & FFI’s "Adaptability and Innovation" survey finds that family-owned enterprises are acting, not waiting.

We have been speaking with a…


Added by David Spitulnik on August 11, 2010 at 11:50am — No Comments

Trust has to be ____________. (fill in the blank)

The usual answer is 'earned'. However, another answer is 'given'. How do those two answers illustrate the issue of trust in families in business or wealth transition? "Building Trust" by Robert Solomon and Fernando Flores seeks to disabuse us of how trust is involved in families and organizations.

The answer 'earned' speaks more to our determination of whether someone is trustworthy. Trust and trustworthiness are not the same but are more accurately described as two sides of…


Added by Grant D Goodvin on August 4, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

La Internacionalización Forzada de Empresas Familiares: Caso Venezuela

En 1985, Samuel Gutiérrez (nombre ficticio), un venezolano en sus 30`s avanzados, renuncia a su muy estable trabajo en…


Added by Dante De Lucia on August 2, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Forced Internationalization of Venezuelan Family Businesses

In 1985, Samuel Gutierrez (fictitious name) was in his late 30 `s, when he quit an excellent job position at a multinational company in order to start a logistics and distribution business. Samuel was…


Added by Dante De Lucia on August 2, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Ruling vs. governing: On the dialectics of governance

In the late 1960s, John Petersen (a pseudonym) and his brothers inherited a modest pharmaceutical busi­ness from their father. Today, it is a multibillion-dollar global company, in great measure thanks to John's relentless entrepreneurial drive. Now with 15 adult cousins in the third generation, the Petersen family has built an elaborate governance structure that includes an independent board of directors, shareholder and family…

Added by Ivan Lansberg on August 2, 2010 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Mandar vs. Gobernar: Una dialéctica sobre la gobernanza

A finales de 1960, Juan Fuentes (un seudónimo) y sus hermanos heredaron de su padre un modesto negocio farmacéutico. Hoy en día es una compañía global multimillonaria, en gran medida gracias al empuje empresarial de Juan.… Continue

Added by Ivan Lansberg on August 2, 2010 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Forced Employee Engagement and the Overworked Employee

Has your organization reduced its workforce during this recession? Have you asked more of your employees? Are your employees working harder and performing at a higher…


Added by Scott Heintzelman on August 1, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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