Working for a Family Business: A Non-Family Employee's Guide to Success


A window into understanding the inner workings of the family business the unique opportunities for the non-family employees
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A window into understanding the inner workings of the family business the unique opportunities for the non-family employees
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"Working for a Family Business provides a framework for a non-family member working for a family business to evaluate and react to a number of the unique situations which may cause conflicts.  The book also provides many examples of good and bad business practices and why they may or may not work in any particular situation.  I would recommend this book to anyone who now works for or is considering working for a family business."  —Bill Ingram, CEO, White Castle, Columbus, OH

"I was delighted and surprised that Working for a Family Business provides great practical knowledge on how outsiders working in family companies can be empowered to be more effective for the family and for their own careers.  "Delighted and surprised" because hands on advice on navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of family business is as rare as it is needed by everyone working in family enterprises.  I plan to give this book not only to the non-family officers in my client universe of family companies, but also to involved family members as well."  —Harry Martin (former Head of the Cargill McMillan Family Office), Family Advisors, LLC, Mystic, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230111141
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Series: A Family Business Publication
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 931,967
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher J. Eckrich is a Principal Consultant of the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. and specializes in building leadership excellence and maintaining family unity in family owned businesses. He is also Adjunct Professor at The University of Notre Dame.

Stephen L. McClure is a Principal Consultant at the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. and specializes in family communications and decision making, succession planning and implementation, and governance & management in family firms. 

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction: Your Role in a Special Partnership
• II. What Makes a Family Business Unique?
• III. The Value of "Family" to a Family Business
• IV. When There's Conflict (And There Will Be Conflict!)
• V. Difficult Passage #1: From a Founder to Sons and Daughters
• VI. Difficult Passage #2: From Sibling Control to Next-Generation Cousins
• VII. Understanding a "Family-First" Business
• VIII. What About "Business" Companies?
• IX. When Crisis Looms
• X. More Understanding of the Soup You're In
• XI. The Empowered Employee: Maximizing Your Success
• XII. Summary
• Notes
• Suggested Readings
• Index

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