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Kinkade: Conflicts in Family Businesses

In preparing for The NACS Show, Ann Kinkade observed that well-managed conflict in a family business presents many of the same benefits of a controlled burn, a practice used to control the health of prairies and forests.

Families working together in business benefit when they recognize that properly managed conflict provides an opportunity for growth, discussion and learning. When things start to heat up or when the sparks start to fly, the best thing to do is to pause and commit to coming back to the conversation when the smoke has cleared. But without the commitment to come back and “control the burn,” the familiar unwanted weeds and invasive species will thrive.

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Read the article: Controlling the ‘Burn’ of Conflicts in Family Businesses (.pdf)

All family business members have a duty to be intentional about legacy

In your family business, it matters both what gets done and why it gets done. Ann Kinkade discusses the “family effect” which is the secret sauce that appeals to stakeholders (family, owners, employees, the community, customers and suppliers). In her article she poses questions: How do we leverage the family effect and transfer our values across generations? and “for the sake of what?”. Answering these foundational questions reveals values and the meaning behind actions.

Read the article by Ann Kinkade: Family Business Magazine, October 2015

EMERGING BUSINESSES, LUCID LEGACY CONSULTING: Family businesses are her business

Ann Kinkade partners with colleagues from around the nation to address complex family dynamics and to work on emotional topics such as legacy creation, clarifying roles, accountability, future vision and defining stewardship.

Read the article by Jill Carlson: Wisconsin State Journal

Links to Interviews and Articles
Family concerns come second to cult of the entrepreneur Financial Times, October 16, 2013
Infographic: US family businesses Campden Family Business, 06/26/13
Testing Times Breed Caution US-Based Family Businesses Campden Family Business, 01/04/13
A Conversation with Ann Kinkade Columbus Business First, 03/12/12
Tax and Health Laws Could Hit Family Business Employment Campden Family Business, 02/23/12
The Key to Job Growth is on the Kitchen Table Forbes, 10/05/11
How Mom and Pop Can Save the Economy The Hill, 06/14/11
Family Businesses Aid US Recovery Family Business, 05/17/11
Now Hiring America’s Family Businesses InBusiness Magazine, 05/31/11
We Are Fa-mi-ly InBusiness Magazine, 12/2010
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Seamless Transition: Passing the baton to new leaders at family-owned firms must be planned carefully to ensure a smooth changeover

Will Beacham ICIS London, August 27, 2014
Infographic: US family businesses Campden Family Business, 06/26/13
The Key to Job Growth is on the Kitchen Table Forbes,  10/05/11
How Mom and Pop Can Save the Economy The Hill, 06/14/11
Family Enterprise USA – Is new organization right fit for your family buisness? Corp! Magazine Nov/Dec 2009

 

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