Family Business Articles
Read the latest family business articles from David Bork and the entire Family Business Matters team addressing Family Business Constitutions, Corporate Governance in Family Business, properly constructed Family Business Advisory Boards and more.
Family Dynamics: Some Things Don’t Change Much
Addressing the questions about how I got started in consulting […]
Every Professional Starts Somewhere: Choosing Your Practice Bedrock
I attribute my 50+ years of success to my choice of a remarkable foundation. Look thoughtfully and carefully for the bedrock of your practice. That choice can serve you well for your own half-century in the business.
Let’s Skip Family Drama And Just Get Back To Work
I am so happy to see the world starting to right itself after all these long months of societal upset and loss and sadness. As the pace of life picks up, I say that for the businesses I consult—let’s skip any family drama and just get back to work. I recently discussed some key tools to prevent in-house conflicts with Andrea Obston.
Consulting In The Time Of Covid: Meeting Your New Clients
Meeting the family members and any other players is not by any means the first step of a new consulting opportunity. Most likely you have spent time researching and there have been phone and email exchanges well before it is time to shake hands and make eye contact. I have had to make some big adjustments in my consulting practice, as I am sure everyone has. I am sure it has been a challenge for both sides.
The Bowen Family Systems Theory—Learning It Then Using It
Here is what you need to know going in: you must learn it well enough to teach it. To be a credible facilitator and consultant, when you say you can help, you must know every detail of your plan. Using the Bowen Theory for family business issues is no different than showing someone how to work on a car, walking others through how to play a new game, or even demonstrating the current cool hip hop moves. You must know it well enough to teach it with conviction.
The Bowen Theory Was A Turning Point For Me
I have always enjoyed the mission of learning the “hows” and the “whys” of family dynamics, especially when it involves a family in business together, and that curiosity was what led me to the work of Dr. Murray Bowen.