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Keep the Family Baggage out of the Family Business


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Contents Part I What's Causing This Mess?: The Family System, the Business System, and the Accompanying Baggage 1. Why You Need to Read This Book 2. Systems and Baggage 3. When Worlds Collide: The Family System Meets the Business System Part II We Have Seen the Enemy, and He Is Us: The Seven Deadly Sins That Destroy Family Businesses 4. "It's the Same Old Song" 5. "We're One Big, Happy Family" 6. "They May Have Become Adults, but They'll Always Be My Children" 7. "You're Not Loyal to This Family If You Insist on Being Selfish" 8. Father Knows Best? 9. "Maybe It Will Go Away If We Ignore It" 10. "Tell Me About Your Childhood" Part III Succession: A Battleground unto Itself 11. Certain Problems Are Inherent to Succession 12. The Baggage Returns in Time for Succession 13. Evolutionary Versus Revolutionary Succession 14. Successful Succession Part IV It Comes with the Territory: Other Problems Inherent in Family Businesses 15. They've Stayed Too Long at the Fair: Long-Tenured Managers and Employees 16. Interlopers, Consorts, and Other Undesirable Meddlers 17. Baggage du Jour 18. The American Dream Versus the Family Nightmare Part V All Is Not Lost: Recommendations and Solutions 19. Create a Council of Advisors 20. Create a Strong Team to Run the Company 21. Develop a Strong Team 22. The Right Consultant Is Critical to Your Success 23. Additional Sources of Expertise 24. Put It in Writing 25. Final Thoughts

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Quentin J. Fleming is a management consultant with more than a decade of consulting experience. He has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small entrepreneurial firms. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and can be contacted at


Warren Bennis author of Organizing Genius Will soon become the bible of family businesses. Dr. Stephen R. Covey author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Speaking from personal experience, such practical, humorous and insightful wisdom should be required reading for ambitious family businesses. Curt W. Coffman coauthor of First, Break All the Rules Insightful, must reading for anyone actively involved in a family business. Ken Lloyd, Ph.D. author of Jerks at Work What do you do when the problem person at work is also your family member? This book provides the answers to that and many other questions, and should be required reading for anyone involved in a family business.

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