A family business is, by its very nature, a contradiction. Successful, multi-generation family businesses have figured out how to manage these contradictions and, in many cases, turn them into a secret of their success.
Family Businesses are a Contradiction
Family Businesses, due to their very nature are a contradiction.Successful multi-generation, family businesses have figured out how to manage these contradictions and in many cases turn them into a ‘secret of their success’.
The first step is to suspend judgment about contradictions and recognize that we have been brought up and educated to treat all problems the same, when not all problems are the same.Not all can be solved, and the remainder must be managed or coped with.In order to do this, we have to develop the capacity within ourselves and our organization to thrive on contradictions.
This book provides the common language, framework, tools and processes needed to learn to embrace, manage and, in some cases, synthesize contradictions in a family business. To be successful business leaders, we need to develop an appreciation for ambiguity, and we need to fundamentally shift how we think about and manage contradictions in the workplace.
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