How to Prevent and Manage Family Business Conflict: Decision Making and the Family Business Constitution

by Matthew Levy Conflict among family members at home, at work, or in the board room can wreak havoc on individuals, family relationships and the stability of the family business. Managing decision making productively and preventing significant conflicts should be a primary objective for anyone in a family business. For the Family in Business there are three main causes of conflict: Lack of alignment as it relates to vision, values, expectations and policies The challenges of managing disagreements Strong emotions and sometimes even volatility The Family Business Constitution Every family in business together should have a Family Business Constitution, the [...]

Don’t Let Executive Team Dynamics Contaminate Year-End Planning and Results

SITUATION: Executives balance these three things simultaneously, at year-end: Ensuring results for this year, Planning strategy for next year, and Creating a budget, hopefully, based on that strategy to which all executives commit. Too often, strategy development gets rushed at year-end, lacks innovation, or it does not happen until after a budget is hacked out.  Critical conversations are avoided as executives pretend that the elephant in the room is not there. Little if any focus is put on the dysfunctional team dynamic that is contributing to the entire process being ineffective.  As a result, executives don’t align with the strategy, [...]

Get Results and Be Great with People

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5YUbQLU_cQ&t=13s By Matthew Levy  Problem: The executives that I speak with want to get better results at work. Some people push too hard and are perceived as jerks or bossy overlords. Other people struggle to get results because they’re weak, don’t to ask for what they want, or don’t hold others accountable. The Place to Start is Awareness: The place to start is awareness. Awareness of our strategy and tactics is helpful. And, awareness about how we are perceived by others at work is valuable. We can learn from that. When preoccupation about how we are perceived becomes a [...]