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The Family Business Blog [short for "web log"] is our mini-journal about Family Business Experts. It lets you know...

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  • about new products and services that we are bringing online
  • about features and specials that are available from time to time
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Chaos Busters

Chaos Busters - The Management Guide will make your work easier and more effective. Ideal for improving your organization's performance, creating a mission statement or doing SWOT and GAP analysis

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Succession Planning Survey

Use this succession planning survey along with Don Schwerzler's no-cost assessment to help you beat the dismal 30% odds that your family business will transition to the next generation.

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Family Succession Plan First

The family succession plan must be done and agreed upon before a succession plan can be successfully developed and implemented for the family business.

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Professionalizing Family Business Management

Professionalizing family business management is the most difficult and emotionally destructive problem confronted in family businesses. Learn how to handle it by evolution rather than revolution.

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Financial Management - Tips and Tricks for the Family Business Owner

Financial management - for the family business owner who doesn't have or need a CFO and all the trappings of big companies.

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Family Business Advisor

Family business advisor Don Schwerzler, top family business expert and founder of the Family Business Institute has been studying and advising family businesses for more than 40 years.

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Site Build It Information

Site Build It information points ot how you can have much more than a web site - make it a web business!

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Innovation

Innovation is a key leadership practice

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Planning for Retirement

When a family business owner is planning to retire, a profound and basic decision must be made: whether or not to pass the business on to the next generation

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Ask the Family Business Expert

Ask The Family Business Expert - Here's your chance to ask our family business expert about issues and concerns you may have about your family business.

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Alcoholism Impacts Family Businesses

Alcoholism impacts family businesses - tell us your story!

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Intra-family loans

Intra-family loans are common practice for family businesses according to leading expert DON SCHWERZLER.

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Leadership Assessment

Leadership assessment is an important practice for every family business.

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Outliers

Outliers - The Story of Success provides interesting observations from Malcolm Gladwell that can be applied to family-owned businesses.

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Family Business Innovation - “If it ain’t broke, break it”

Family business innovation drives entrepreneurship, not caretaking. Learn how to start an innovation program and 10 mind sets that have to change.

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Family Business Media Center

Family business media center provides writers, editors and reporters with insights into the complex dynamics of family-owned businesses

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Family feuds can be avoided with seven simple tips

Family feuds won't kill your family business if you follow these seven simple tips.

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Organizational Culture

In looking at the family businesses' organizational culture, we are assessing behaviors that are important to creating a strong effective staff and competent leadership.

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Buy-Sell Agreement

The buy-sell agreement is a specialized form of shareholder agreement that deals with ownership transfers.

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Family Business Troubleshooter

Being a family business troubleshooter can be akin to being in a room of mirrors.

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Professional Intervention in the Family Owned Business

Professional intervention to resolve family business disputes is an effective strategy because running a successful family business is substantially more complex than running a non family business.

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Family Business Help Desk

The Family Business Help Desk is a resource family business owners can use to get expert advice on family and business issues that are hurting their family's business

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Performance Metrics

Performance metrics requires that the major work functions in every department be identified both in terms of volume and time. The premise is that work not measured cannot be managed.

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Family Business Consulting

Family Business Consulting resources provided by Atlanta-based Family Business Institute offer tips and success strategies for family businesses

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Don Schwerzler Interview

Don Schwerzler founded the Family Business Institute in the early 80’s. Headquartered in Atlanta, it became the very first multi-disciplined, full service resource for family-owned businesses.

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Contingency Plan for an Uncertain Future

A contingency plan uses strategies required to cover the death or incapacitation of key family managers.

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family business help

If you are a family business owner seeking family business help - you have come to the right place!

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Family Business Institute

The original Family Business Institute is Atlanta based and founded by Don Schwerzler - provides tips and success strategies for family businesses

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Family Business Strategic Planning

family business strategic planning can be key for family businesses to successfully transitioning the family business to the next generation

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Family Business Constitution

A family business constitution can help avoid disputes in a family business.

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Chaos Busters for Business Owners

Chaos Busters For Business Owners - A Management tool to make your business more effective

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Building Consensus in a Family Business

Building consensus about how the business should be operated, now and into the future, is one of the most difficult problems confronting family businesses.

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Nexters

Nexters and the succession process - succession is not a spectator sport!

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Manager Magazine Bulgaria - Don Schwerzler interview

Manager Magazine Bulgaria published an interview with family business expert Don Schwerzler

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Family Business Assessment

Our Family Business Assessment process has been perfected over 40 years working hundreds of family businesses, large and small and a broad spectrum of industries

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Family Business Resource Center

Atlanta-based Family Business Institute is a leading Family Business Resource Center (FBRC) providing connected solutions to the unique and complex issues that confront family businesses.

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Exit Planning

Exit planning is necessary because you will transfer your business interest - either during your lifetime, or you will die or become incapacitated. Learn how to avoid the chaos of forced liquidation.

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Organizational Strategy

Organizational strategy is concerned with envisioning a future for your family business, creating value in the eyes of your customers, and building and sustaining a strong position in the marketplace.

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Advisory Board Benefits Family Business

An advisory board made up of experienced outsiders brings a fresh perspective to problems and opportunities that face both the family and the family business.

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Succession Management

The single best succession management strategy is to create an advisory board. Learn why,and how in this interview with a succession management expert.

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