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November 1, 2004

If you want to chronicle your family’s history, a frank and open discussion can mean the difference between an interesting read and a meaningful exploration, says Christine Harland

Christine Harland is director of Camden Writers.

If you want to chronicle your family's history, a frank and open discussion can mean the difference between an interesting read and a meaningful exploration, says Christine Harland

September 1, 2004

Family meetings are not a time to dwell on grievances or conflicts but an opportunity to to talk openly and honestly about any personal family and business issues relating to their legacy, says Dennis Jaffe

Dennis Jaffe is a founding member of the Aspen Family Business Group.

Family meetings are not a time to dwell on grievances or conflicts but an opportunity to to talk openly and honestly about any personal family and business issues relating to their legacy, says Dennis Jaffe

A family meeting is a gathering of all family members in a quiet and comfortable place – for instance, a vacation home – with the specific aim of talking openly and honestly to each other about their feelings, issues and desires.

July 1, 2004

Amassing a fortune is an often an event that takes place quickly. But can today’s families learn from yesterday’s leaders in protecting their wealth, their well-being and the good of wider society?

Dennis Jaffe is a professor at Saybrook Graduate School.

Amassing a fortune is an often an event that takes place quickly. But can today's families learn from yesterday's leaders in protecting their wealth, their well-being and the good of wider society?

May 1, 2004

Faith Baker, whose family owned a thriving frozen foods business along the New England coast, spent endless childhood hours at the formal dining table, quiet and observant while the adults talked around her.

Christine Harland is Director of Camden Writers

Faith Baker, whose family owned a thriving frozen foods business along the New England coast, spent endless childhood hours at the formal dining table, quiet and observant while the adults talked around her. Over the fireplace hung the dark oil portrait of an American Indian, complete with head-dress. Now in her eighties, Faith remembers that for a good part of her young life she mentally incorporated that figure into the family history, believing him to be yet another of her revered ancestors.

February 1, 2002

With the recent news that a member of the Ford family is again head of the Ford Motor Company, we look at the history and the issues that have affected the turbulent transitions from its founder, Henry Ford, to the current fourth generation

The news last October that a member of the Ford family would head the Ford Motor Company for the first time in over two decades was greeted like the return of King Arthur. William Clay Ford, Jr, great-grandson of founder Henry Ford, was replacing the unpopular non-family executive Jacques A Nasser as chief executive. At the Ford plant in Dearborn workers cheered their new leader.

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