Doug Baumoel has spent the majority of his career in and around family businesses, having served as the second-generation leader in his own family's business and holding executive posts in other family-operated companies both in the US and abroad. Widely respected for his insights on leadership, governance, succession and conflict management in family enterprise, he writes and speaks extensively, and is the Founding Partner of Continuity LLC, a global firm working with family businesses and their stakeholders. Educated in engineering at Cornell and with an MBA from Wharton, he holds a number of distinctions, including Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Family Firm Institute. Blair Trippe is an experienced negotiator, mediator, and family business consultant. As a co-creator of the specialized field of elder mediation, she transformed the practice of helping adult siblings manage the issues confronting aging family members. With a background that includes executive posts on Wall Street and in other corporate settings, she is the Managing Partner of Continuity LLC and has served on numerous boards. Her grasp of family enterprise systems has garnered the trust of a wide range of family business executives, board members, and other stakeholders. She earned an MBA at Northwestern's Kellogg School, studied psychology at Connecticut College, and earned certificates in negotiation and mediation through the Program on Negotiation at Harvard University.
"If you've ever been caught in the devastating undertow of family business conflict, this book offers hope and a way back to shore." -Doug Stone, Author, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most "Doug and Blair give those of us committed to multigenerational family enterprise a roadmap for survival." -Lansing Crane, Sixth-generation retired Chair and CEO, Crane & Co. "Deconstructing Conflict is an indispensable guide that outlines the perils and benefits of family business systems, and offers practical and wise advice for keeping those systems intact." -Susan Hackley, Managing Director, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School "This is an incredibly smart and accessible... must-read for any family business, and for all families facing conflict." -Partha Bose, Author, Alexander the Great's Art of Strategy "Family business consultants, mediators, and family business owners will all benefit from the wealth of insight and experience captured in these pages." -David Hoffman, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School