How Families Work Together


The Family Business Consulting Group, founded in 1994, is the leading business consultancy exclusively devoted to helping family enterprises prosper across generations.

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The Family Business Consulting Group, founded in 1994, is the leading business consultancy exclusively devoted to helping family enterprises prosper across generations.

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"Owners need to remember to focus on both the family and business sides of their enterprise if they want to maximize their family business success over the long term.  How Families Work Together...provides sound and effective guidance—checklists, tips, suggestions, and behaviors to avoid—to help family members improve their working relationships.  This book should be read and discussed by all family members who are actively involved in the family business."  —Donald G. Nelson, Family Office Executive, Skaneateles, NY

"This book not only helped our family work better together, it helped us become a closer family unit.  How Families Work Together is a must read!"  —Tom Scotti, President, Keystone HRC, Inc., Bensalem, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230111028
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Series: A Family Business Publication
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 1,514,090
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary F. Whiteside is a licensed psychologist, mediator, family therapist, and consultant. She is an advanced practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, a fellow of the Family Firm Institute, a member of the American Psychological Association, a fellow of the Michigan Psychological Association, and one of the founding members of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan.

Craig E. Aronoff is Co-founder, Principal Consultant, and Chairman of the Board of the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc., the founder of the Cox Family Enterprise Center and current Professor Emeritus at Kennesaw State University. He invented and implemented the membership-based, professional-service-provider sponsored Family Business Forum, which has served as a model of family business education for universities world-wide.

John L. Ward is Co-founder of the Family Business Consulting Group Inc. He is Clinical Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and teaches strategic management, business leadership and family enterprise continuity.

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Table of Contents

I. How Family Shapes the Future of Your Business
• II. Business vs. Family: Crossing the Chinese Wall
• III. The Payoff: Understanding Family Patterns
• IV. The "Normal" Family: A Dynamic and Powerful Unit
• V. HOW THE FAMILY WORKS AS A SYSTEM - Triangles: Stabilizing Uncomfortable Relationship - Differentiation of Self: The Core Concept - Family Structure: How Patterns are Set - How Boundaries Affect Family Closeness - Birth Order: The Family Constellation - Sibling Rivalry: Healthy Tension Gone Awry - Emotional Cutoff: Denying the Ties that Bind - Genograms as a Tool for Understanding
• VI. Unlocking the Barriers to the Past
• VII. How Transitions Raise Family Issues: Integrating In-Laws
• VIII. A Few Simple Rules for Smooth Family Functioning
• IX. Some Signals that a Family May Be in Trouble
• X. The Role of the Family Professional
• Summary
• Suggested Reading List
• Index

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