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Family Business Matters Presents “The Bork Process”

Maldonado Family Office

“The Bork Processâ„¢“

About “The Bork Process” Workshop

David Bork and the Family Business Matters Consulting Team, together with the GEM Family Office, are proud to offer a unique workshop on The Bork Processâ„¢. This program is the product of David’s accumulated wisdom from 50 years of expertise working with over 450 family businesses all over the world.

The Bork Processâ„¢ is grounded in the Four Pillars of Family Business: Alignment, Boundaries, Communication and Competency. These pillars are imperative for a resilient family business, affecting organizational health, management function, and personal performance.

This  2-day workshop is intended to be a deep dive into some of the BEST international family business practices. The Bork Process Team strives to teach each person in the family, and company, to understand and use essential core skills for increasing organizational health and performance. This stellar, cutting-edge seminar is recommended for:

  • Family members working in their family’s office.
  • Family members whose families have family offices.
  • Non-family executives in family offices.

Workshop Details

Dates: April 12-13, 2018
Venue: Dorissa Building, Miami Biennale Space, 2751 N Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33127
Deadline: RSVP before April 2, 2018 to Samuel Maldonado, Family Business Matters Associate, sam@fambizmatters.com
Pricing: We are offering this unique and transformational experience at the special price of:

  • $400.00 for individual participants
  • $350.00 per person, if 2 or more members of the same family participate together

We want to encourage the participation of several members of the same family in this workshop in order to create an open dialogue and stimulate the exchange of ideas about the FB challenges. Participation of multiple family members will increase the impact this workshop can have on your family and business, and improve the possibility for implementation within your Family Business.

Workshop Program

Thursday, April 12

By |2020-06-25T08:09:31-06:00January 26th, 2018|Categories: Announcement, Speaker|

Leading the Way: Europe’s First Executive MBA for Family Business

Leading the Way: Europe’s First Executive MBA for Family Business LeadersHave you heard about Europe’s first Executive MBA for family business leaders? Not only it is the first-of-its-kind degree program in Europe, but it is also the only Family Business MBA that has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the prestigious executive MBA accreditation group.

EDHEC Business School now offers the Family Business Global Executive MBA Program.

The students come from different cultural backgrounds, covering all continents, as diverse as Australia, Tanzania, Egypt, Finland, Venezuela, France, Oman, or Reunion Island. They are all family business members with active experience in their businesses and will become the future leaders.

Students join the program to deepen their knowledge and support their family business as future leaders on key challenges including management, family dynamics, leadership, and governance.

How does it work?

The program is held for 15 months with 10 weeks of physical contact hours spread across the EDHEC business school campus and partnering locations, including Paris, Lille, Nice, London, Singapore, Boston and Palo Alto. This allows a truly enriching experience with world-class professors and speakers balancing the local and international dimensions of the class locations.

Classes are held in diverse formats ranging from classical lectures to workshops, experiential learning, family business visits, expert testimonies and coaching sessions.

Whom does it serve?

The Family Business Global Executive MBA (EMBA) is intended for family business future leaders who want to embark on a transformational learning journey to build their legitimacy in the family business, contribute to maintaining family cohesion and responsible ownership practices and business sustainability.

Both members of the family controlling the business and outsiders working in key positions in the family business are eligible for the program.

How can I learn more?

For more information, you can click through to

David Bork Writes Forward for MAPS for Men Book, a Must-Have Resource for any Family Business

David Bork Writes Forward for MAPS for Men BookDavid Bork is proud to have contributed the forward for the book, MAPS for Men: A Guide for Fathers and Sons and Family Businesses.

New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host Dave Ramsey calls this important book “a must-have resource for any and every family business.”

In his forward for MAPS for Men, David Bork, founder and CEO of Family Business Matters, writes: “These concepts help fathers and sons reframe their relationship into something that is more meaningful and helpful in meeting their goals, rather than repeating generational patterns.“

David recommends this book to fathers and sons seeking to better understand their personal and professional relationship.

Full text of MAPS for Men Forward by David Bork

In the interest of full disclosure, Edgell Franklin Pyles has been a good friend for more than twenty-five years, and we share a large community of interests. In the early 90s, we explored together the works of Robert Moore, James Millman, Robert Bly, and others. I met both Robert Moore and Robert Bly at a retreat in Aspen, Colorado, organized and sponsored by Edgell.

This was called the men’s movement, and we were excited about it because it sought to further define what it meant to be a man at the end of the twentieth century. It was grounded in Jungian psychology, and while well researched and articulated, it could be theoretical and esoteric. Our explorations of this work produced a practical approach and we have been on parallel, but different, paths.

We were interested in understanding the dynamics that take place between fathers and sons at both the personal and professional level. Our first step was to comprehend and appreciate the relationship we had with our […]

Family Constitutions and Other Related Matters

Family constitutions are a form of governance that sets up structure to regulate the manner in which family business matters are handled. A family constitution has the effect of helping a family run an efficient, effective, customer-focused and community-focused business. This type of focus ups the ante on the quality of behavior inside a family enterprise.

By |2020-06-25T08:11:54-06:00May 17th, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Corporate Governance in Family Business

Corporate governance in family business is essential for long-term success. Family businesses that have survived over the generations have an internal governance structure that parallels the structures found in leading businesses around the world. Such structures provide an internal discipline on how family and non-family members will function within the business.

By |2020-06-25T08:12:07-06:00May 17th, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Rules of Engagement

A policy for how family members will be permitted to participate in the family business can be referred to as Rules of Engagement. Family business rules are often manifested in the form of a Family Business Employment Policy. Family members working in the family business must show up, produce and perform to the same standards as non-family employees.

By |2020-06-25T08:12:43-06:00May 17th, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Transfer of Control in Family Business

All owners of a family business eventually must consider a family business transfer from one generation to another. For a smooth transfer, families are encouraged to make a fully documented, comprehensive plan for all the things that must happen in the business and in their families so that transfer of control can occur in a timely manner.

By |2020-06-25T08:12:59-06:00May 17th, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Be Thankful for Founders! They Make it All Possible!

The founders of a family business make it possible for future generations to benefit from their vision and entrepreneurial spirit. A true leader inspires success. When considering succession in family business, the founders or leaders of the company want future generations to have the same level of motivation, drive and passion for moving the business forward.

By |2020-06-25T08:42:45-06:00May 17th, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Advisory Boards for Family Businesses

A properly constructed family business advisory board gives owners access to high-level executive and management talent beyond those employed by the company. Advisory boards create a forum in which active owners, in concert with other advisors, impact the strategic issues facing the company. The board makes non-binding recommendations on strategic issues.

By |2020-06-25T08:42:53-06:00May 17th, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Are You Ready for the Unexpected?

Every family faces the possibility of a key executive in the family business suddenly being taken either by accident or natural cause. Life can be fragile and no person is exempt from such forces. Strategic planning for the family business requires the family to prepare for the unexpected with the development of an emergency action plan.

By |2020-06-25T08:43:12-06:00May 16th, 2015|Categories: Articles|