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April 27, 2009

What is the best way for families and their family offices to communicate? And how do you ensure that this communication is done in the right manner and to a regular timetable? A select panel at Campden’s European Family Office conference met to discuss these crucial questions

Roundtable panel
John Bender's family founded publishing house Matthew Bender & Co, whose involvement with law books date back to 1804. It has been part of the Reed Elsevier Group since 1998. He is now involved in family office wealth management in the Channel Islands and Switzerland.

Jamie Cayzer Colvin is a fifth generation member of his family company, Caledonia Investments, which started as a

November 1, 2008

Campden FB’s latest online survey delved into the world of relationships within the family business. What is communication like between family members? How able are you to share difficult problems with other family members? Have you experienced personal conflict or sibling rivalry?

While family businesses can be the best of all possible worlds and provide many rewards, they also present inherent risks. Those rewards and risks are rooted in the quality of the relationships between family members. Emotions attached to the meaning of family are so powerful that unless attention is paid to critical issues, relationships in family businesses can spin out of control and endanger both the family and the business.

A survey about family business relationships conducted by Campden FB yielded important information regarding these critical issues.

September 1, 2008

Andrew Pindar’s father learnt the hard way that being pressured to join the family business is far from an ideal way to start your corporate career. This has framed how Andrew approaches his management style and GA Pindar & Son is reaping the rewards says Marc Smith

Andrew Pindar's father learnt the hard way that being pressured to join the family business is far from an ideal way to start your corporate career. This has framed how Andrew approaches his management style and GA Pindar & Son is reaping the rewards says Marc Smith

November 2, 2007

Rogers Communications is today Canada’s foremost provider of cable, telecoms and wireless services. But, as Marc Smith finds out from Edward Rogers, the family business’s story begins with the invention of a world first …

Rogers Communications is today Canada's foremost provider of cable, telecoms and wireless services. But, as Marc Smith finds out from Edward Rogers, the family business's story begins with the invention of a world first…

November 1, 2007

Many business leaders are afraid of change and it takes a brave family member to initiate the conversation. But how do you ensure you get it right? Allen Bettis explains how to be a successful change initiator when waiting quietly is not an option

Allen Bettis is principal of The Legacy Associates, a family business consulting firm based in Minneapolis.

Many business leaders are afraid of change and it takes a brave family member to initiate the conversation. But how do you ensure you get it right? Allen Bettis explains how to be a successful change initiator when waiting quietly is not an option

September 1, 2007

Family meetings can be the ideal place to establish values and air the conflicts within the family business. Joseph H Astrachan and Kristi S McMillan explain how important these meetings can be and how you can get the most out of them

Joseph H Astrachan is executive director, Cox Family Enterprise Center.
Kristi S McMillan is director, Cox Family Enterprise Center.

Family meetings can be the ideal place to establish values and air the conflicts within the family business. Joseph H Astrachan and Kristi S McMillan explain how important these meetings can be and how you can get the most out of them

July 1, 2007

It is inevitable that brothers and sisters will clash and argue. While this is bad enough at home, it can do serious damage to a family business. Tom Davidow explains why brothers suffer more than sisters and how these clashes can be avoided

Tom Davidow is founder and principal of Thomas D Davidow & Associates, based in Brookline, MA.

It is inevitable that brothers and sisters will clash and argue. While this is bad enough at home, it can do serious damage to a family business. Tom Davidow explains why brothers suffer more than sisters and how these clashes can be avoided

July 1, 2007

There comes a time in a family business when control has to be passed down to the next generation. But how do you prepare them to lead? Fran Lotery and Dennis Jaffe explore how families can help their offspring in this regard

Fran Lotery and Dennis Jaffe are partners at Relative Solutions.

There comes a time in a family business when control has to be passed down to the next generation. But how do you prepare them to lead? Fran Lotery and Dennis Jaffe explore how families can help their offspring in this regard

November 1, 2006

Non-family executives can face particular challenges once in the fold of a family business. Dennis Jaffe explains why it is vital that non-family executives feel their future is dependent on performance and not on their political alliances with family leaders

Dennis Jaffe is a founding partner of Relative Solutions, professor at Saybrook Graduate School and author of Working With the Ones You Love.

Non-family executives can face particular challenges once in the fold of a family business. Dennis Jaffe explains why it is vital that non-family executives feel their future is dependent on performance and not on their political alliances with family leaders

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