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A Little Known Cause for a Family Business Conflict

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

Psychologists are familiar with the term “transference,” but most owners don’t realize this is often the cause of a family business conflict.  It’s a problem they don’t teach you about in business school, yet affects owners, vendors and employees.

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Topics: Family Business, Strategy

How The BOSS Helps Resolve Family Business Conflict

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 @ 09:06 AM

When you think of the “Boss” of a typical family business, you assume either the mother or the father is running the show.  A successful family business, however, answers to an entirely different “BOSS,” according to LaManna Alliance Family Business guru Tom Hubler.

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Topics: Family Business

What Really Happens During Family Business Counseling?

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, May 29, 2013 @ 09:05 AM

Why don’t more owners use family business counseling to resolve their issues?  I can sum it up in one word:  Fear.  It’s why NO ONE wants to deal with a family business conflict.  But let’s separate the facts from the fear, and show you why avoidance is far more painful than the counseling itself.

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Topics: Family Business, Strategy

How an Intellectual Property Dispute Can Crush a Family Business

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, May 1, 2013 @ 09:05 AM

Intellectual property disputes can be painful ordeals, involving lawyers, legal fees, and lots of headaches.  That pain is magnified a thousand fold when the dispute involves a family business.  Fear not - you can solve the problem:  The key is to act before conflict arises.

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Topics: Family Business, Strategy

Three Examples of How a Business Solution Resolved a Family Crisis

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 @ 09:04 AM

If you are part of a family business, then turmoil in the family means turmoil with the business.  Most of these conflicts are emotional, which is why you can often turn to a business solution to restore harmony to your organization.

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Topics: Family Business, Strategy

The Green Box Can Help a Family Business Survive the Loss of an Owner

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 @ 09:02 AM

What happens when a family business loses its leader?  No matter how well prepared your family is, you can expect a very rough road ahead.  I’d like to introduce you to two tools – including “The Green Box” – that can help you through it.

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Topics: Succession Planning, Family Business

Frustration a Two-Way Street in a Dysfunctional Family Business

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 @ 09:01 AM


If you’re in a family business owned by your father or mother, you may be in the midst of turmoil.  Things are not going right, either with the family or the business, and you think Dad (we’ll just use fathers in the article for the sake of brevity) is the problem.  He may be – but surprisingly enough, he’s just as frustrated as you are.

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Topics: Family Business

The Two Systems That Make or Break a Family Business

Posted by Rock LaManna on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 @ 09:12 AM

We’ve stated in a previous post that a well-functioning family business can outperform a Fortune 500 company.  But that only happens if you’re aware of the two systems at play within your business and how to manage them.

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Topics: Family Business

Family-Owned Business Problems Tied to the Trust Paradox

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

 

Funny how messages from different quadrants of your life all seem to sync up and form one coherent message.  Such was the case when I chatted with Alliance member Tom Hubler about family-owned business problems.

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Topics: Succession Planning, Family Business

Why this Family Business Went Outside the Business

Posted by Rock LaManna on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 @ 09:08 AM

Let’s be perfectly honest:  Family life can be tough.  Inter-personal relationships, especially when they’re dysfunctional, can strain the family dynamic.  It’s why this family business looked outside its ranks for help, and ultimately found success.

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Topics: Family Business