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Family Business Mediation Video No 47. Emotional Trauma. By Jon Kenfield. Solutionist

• Psychology is the science of understanding how people think, feel, behave and learn. • I’m not a psychologist – other than at the “chicken soup” end of the scale – however, more than 20 years spent working with denizens of business families provides many opportunities to observe how people do actually think, feel, behave […]

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Family Business Mediation Video No 46: Ethnic Issues & Cultural Norms. By Jon Kenfield

Common Causes of Family Conflict & What to Do About Them. Video No 46: Ethnic Issues and Cultural Norms. • When a family’s culture is strong, it can exert powerful influences on personal expectations and behaviours – both in the family and in its business activities. • Most ethnic cultures are based on historic traditions […]

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Family Business Mediation Video No 45: Lack of Talent in the Family. By Jon Kenfield. Solutionist.

Common Causes of Family Business Conflict & What to Do About Them. Family Business Mediation Video 45 Lack of Talent in the Family. • Business founders are often driven individuals. They may be motivated by creative drive, frustration in another job, identified opportunity, need to work, obligation to provide work for family members, or many […]

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Family Business Mediation Video No 44: Retirement & Other Exits. By Jon Kenfield. Solutionist.

Common Causes of Family Business Conflict & What to Do About Them. Family Business Mediation Video No 44: Retirement & Other Exits. By Jon Kenfield. Solutionist. • Generational transition – “Succession” – is THE major cause of conflict in business families. It always has been, and it’s on the rise as baby boomers retire in […]

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Family Business Mediation Video No 43: Poor Business Performance. By Jon Kenfield. Solutionist.

Common Causes of Family Business Conflict & What to Do About Them. Family Business Mediation Video No 43. Poor Business Performance. By Jon Kenfield. Solutionist. • Business performance, or more likely lack of same, is a common cause of conflict. • Some family members employed in the business may be underperforming, or actively sabotaging the […]

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Family Business Mediation Video No 42: Family Values. By Jon Kenfield. Solutionist.

Common Causes of Family Business Conflict & What to Do About Them. Family Business Mediation Video No 42. Family Values. By Jon Kenfield. Solutionist. • Values are what drive us to do what we do, the way we do it. • Family values are the values honoured and shared by a family, and taken into […]

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Family Business Mediation Video No 41: The Next Generation. By Jon Kenfield. Solutionist.

Common Causes of Family Business Conflict & What to Do About Them. Family Business Mediation Video No 41.The Next Generation. By Jon Kenfield. Solutionist. • The classic definition of a family business is one that substantially involves at least 2 family members as owners and operators. • Family businesses tend to take themselves more seriously, […]

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Family Business Mediation Video No 40: Buying & Selling Interests in the Business. By Jon Kenfield.

Common Causes of Family Business Conflict & What to Do About Them. Family Business Mediation Video No 40. Buying & Selling Interests In The Business. By Jon Kenfield. Solutionist. • Conflict occurs when family members feel locked into holding ownership in a family business against their wishes – they would prefer to sell / exit […]

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Family Business Mediation Video No 39: Ownership Vs Stewardship. By Jon Kenfield. Solutionist.

Common Causes of Family Business Conflict & What to Do About Them. Family Business Mediation Video No 39. Ownership Vs Stewardship By Jon Kenfield. Solutionist. • Ownership entitles business owners to do whatever they like with the business. • Ownership is here and now / short term, selfish thinking. • Stewardship requires owners to hold […]

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Family Business Mediation Video No 38: Sibling Rivalry. By Jon Kenfield.

Common Causes of Family Business Conflict & What to Do About Them. Family Business Mediation Video No 38. Sibling Rivalry. By Jon Kenfield. Solutionist. • Often caused by family circumstances and parenting styles, exacerbated by distractions of family business. • Perceived or actual parental favouritism. • Differences in temperament and personality. • Jealousy over parental […]

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