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Four Solutions to Taking Control of Your Family Business

By | March 24th, 2017|Family Business|

In business, few things can be as stressful as running a company that’s staffed and managed by a mix of family and non-family employees. The constant juggling of family drama, emotions and entitlements conflicting against the needs of your non-familial staff can quickly contribute to an extremely volatile company culture. Here are four solutions to [...]

Wealthiest in the region prioritize capital growth, succession planning

By | March 24th, 2017|Family Business|

Amid a politically uncertain landscape, the main concerns for the world’s and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) most affluent people are wealth preservation, capital growth and succession planning, according to Knight Frank’s annual Attitudes Survey, produced exclusively for The Wealth Report. The Survey looks at the most important factors for ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs), canvassing [...]

Governance of Family Business

By | March 17th, 2017|Family Business|

The concept of corporate governance was invented after the recent economic crisis that led to the bankruptcy of several European and American companies. This new concept is an integrated system based on the construction of three main pillars of direction, control and execution. There lies the need to separate these three pillars from each other, [...]

Family Businesses and the Lindy Effect

By | March 17th, 2017|Family Business|

Could something called the Lindy Effect help to understand why family businesses often survive for so long? Possibly - but one thing is for sure, the Effect offers an intriguing explanation for why some businesses survive longer than others. The Lindy Effect says that the observed lifespan of a non-perishable item like a business is [...]

Planning to lead the family business

By | March 13th, 2017|Family Business|

PwC Family Business Survey Being the ‘boss’s child’ throws up some unique challenges for the next generation of family business leaders.  There are a number of ‘gaps’ that the next generation face: the generation gap between their experience and expectations, and those of their parents’; the credibility gap, which they have to surmount if they’re [...]

There’s business, and then there’s the family business

By | March 13th, 2017|Family Business|

Family businesses form the backbone of the Irish economy, accounting for more than 40 per cent of all private sector employment. The benefits of families working together, with uniquely intimate closeness and trust, have provided a foundation for a proven business model. Family business leaders often demonstrate a heightened emotional connection to the success of [...]

National — a family business where ‘time and truth travel together’

By | February 23rd, 2017|Family Business|

Lynda Smith Swann is the president and owner of National Wholesale, a women’s apparel business, started in 1952, which is now celebrating its 65th year of business. Although Lynda grew up at National, she went into counseling after receiving her undergraduate in psychology and her master’s in education from the University of North Carolina. From [...]

Six Key Issues Millennials Should Consider Before Diving Into a Family Business

By | February 22nd, 2017|Family Business|

Joining a family business isn’t for everyone. It’s a risky decision that needs a lot of careful consideration. You might build a successful dynasty that grows into a Fortune 500 company, with generations of family continuing to lead the business. Or, like the vast majority of family businesses in the U.S., your business might not [...]

The Wallenbergs: where money meets Swedish science

By | February 22nd, 2017|Family Business|

The Wallenberg family’s main philanthropic vehicle, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation (KAW), which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, is the second-biggest backer of basic scientific research in Europe, having distributed SKr24bn or $2.7bn in its lifetime. As much as the foundation has done for science in Europe, and specifically in Sweden where it [...]

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