The Family Business Partnership


Motivation Versus Commitment

Motivation Versus Commitment

Motivation versus Commitment Most of my New Year’s Resolutions have fallen by the wayside by the end of January, and yet I am, when sufficiently committed to be able to train for Marathons and Lands End to John O’Groats bike rides. I have often felt that it was motivation that was lacking with my New …

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The Family Assembly

What is a Family Assembly?

What is a Family Assembly? A Family Assembly is a gathering of you and your family where you get to socialise with family that you may not have seen for a while, discuss what is happening within the family business and can also be used as a forum to provide educational and developmental support to …

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Family Council

What is a Family Council?

What is a Family Council? A Family Council can form an effective and impactful communication bridge between the Family Enterprise and the family itself.  When do you need a Family Council? As your family and business grow it may be necessary to introduce more formal communication forums to ensure that there is effective and efficient …

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What is a Family Charter?

What is a Family Charter? The Family Charter is a good starting point for family business governance. It can set the tone for all future governance discussions and often forms the foundation for all family governance.   A Family Charter will cover the views and attitudes of the business owning family on matters such as  What are …

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Succession Planning

How to get Mum and Dad to talk about succession planning in your family business

Want to discuss Succession Planning with your Parents?  Have you tried to raise the subject of succession planning with your parents? How have they reacted? I am assuming from the fact you are reading this that it may not have had the result that you wanted.  It may be that you have been met with …

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Family Business Consultant vs Business Consultant

Family Business Consultant vs Business Consultant One of the questions I often get asked is what the difference is between what I do as a Family Business Consultant and what a business consultant would do? It can often be really difficult to know whether bringing in a business consultant is what you need or whether

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Lifeboat drill

Family Business Lifeboat Drill

Back in the olden days when I was a Chartered Financial Planner, one of the exercises that the family businesses I worked with was the lifeboat drills we used to do. This blog and podcast covers a little more about what lifeboat drills are and why they are a useful exercise for you and your

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When making the exciting decision to start a business with my husband, the complexities of working with family didn't cross my mind. Rather than deliver a positive change in lifestyle, we found ourselves bringing the marriage into the business and the business into the marriage! Working with Russ helped us define structure and boundaries between work and home, and create distinct roles that would enable us to work to our strengths while managing expectations of each other. We found the sessions fun and engaging, and learned as much about ourselves as we did each other.
Rachel and Sam
Business Owners
We have worked with Russ on a number of projects with our clients and within our own team as well. He has an incredible talent for creating an environment where it feels safe to respond to difficult questions.

Not only is this useful for resolving differences, but also for understanding why business processes are not working the way that they should. Russ’ keeps you focused on the reason why you are doing what you do.

Having him involved has given my team an incredibly powerful boost.
Business Owner