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The Keys to Family Business Success by the Aspen Family Business Group, Dashew, Lane, Paul, Beck, Roberts, 2011.

Here’s a book written for members of family businesses that is both practical and thoughtful. It includes twelve chapters, concluding with an “Outline for Family Business Education”. It’s filled with…Continue

Started Nov 18, 2011

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Family Business Advisor
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Behavioral Science, Management
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Jane Hilburt-Davis is an experienced family business consultant and president of Key Resources, LLC, a Boston-based consulting firm. She is the founding chair of the innovative Certificate for Family Business Advisors, an FFI Fellow and president emeritus of FFI. Considered a leader in the field, she received the 2008 Richard Beckard Practice Award designed to recognize outstanding contributions to family business practice. Jane is the author of many articles and case studies, and has trained, mentored and coached hundreds of family business advisors. She is co-author of the widely acclaimed book, Consulting to Family Businesses. She serves as consultant and advisor to family businesses, and closely held companies, throughout the United States, and has lectured and taught in the family business field in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. (For more information about Jane and her company, please go to )

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Let's Get Together

Let's Get Together

This is not an article about being a better family business consultant, a more successful family business or even a more respected family researcher. Rather this is an article challenging some of our assumptions and appealing for increased collaboration between researchers and practitioners. Despite years of consulting to family businesses, our knowledge of what really works in practice is in the elemental stages and we all need to be aware of our own…


Posted on December 18, 2011 at 8:27am — 1 Comment

Lessons for Family Businesses: Co-Leadership, By Jane Hilburt-Davis & Karen Vinton

Succession planning and the question “who’s best to lead the next generation?” is always a challenge for family businesses.  However, many businesses (family and non-family) have decided that a  co-leadership (i.e. selecting family members to run the business together) model works best.  We had the opportunity to try co-leadership during our term as President and Vice-President of FFI.  Here are a few things we learned that contributed to our successful…


Posted on March 1, 2011 at 9:39am


We know the statistics about family businesses; we know about the horrific stories; and we have become pretty good at understanding what the successful ones have in common: shared vision and values; independent board of directors; strategic planning; good communications throughout the family-business-systems, and family cohesion. One structure that is an effective building block for all these…


Posted on March 25, 2010 at 11:12am — 1 Comment

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