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Succession Planning

Finding a clear path to pass on your legacy to the next generation doesn’t have to be difficult.  Family and closely held businesses want clarity and peace of mind when it comes to succession planning, and, happily you have the answers in your hearts and minds.  

Fear can accompany thoughts about succession planning.  We can help you avoid making short sighted decisions and creating conflict within your family so you can enjoy the benefits of what you have worked so hard to build. 

The Family Business Institute follows a collaborative approach which focuses on a healthy balance of family and business. You can discover the key success factors of your business and family and benefit from a succession plan design that works in a balanced manner.

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DISCOVER

Assess the unique needs of your business and family to develop the perfectly tailored approach.

DESIGN

Design a custom plan to maximize the strengths and minimize the weaknesses of your family business to allow you to achieve long-term success.

IMPLEMENT

We’ll walk with you every step of the way to implement your plan so your family can enjoy and extend your family legacy and prosperity.

MANAGEMENT SUCCESSION PLANNING
Management succession planning in the family company requires focus on the four key departments present in any business of any size: administration and finance, operations and customer fulfillment, sales, and marketing. When you think of management succession planning, you’re not talking about who will own shares or assets in the future; you’re talking about who’s going to do the dirty, thankless, and countless tasks which make the family business an asset worth preserving in the first place.
OWNERSHIP SUCCESSION PLANNING
The current state of ownership succession planning among family businesses is decidedly mixed. About two-thirds of family business owners report a good understanding of the amount of estate taxes due upon their deaths, but about one in five have no estate planning at all! Over one-third of junior generation family business members have no knowledge of the senior generation’s transfer plans! Ownership succession planning issues that seem to be the most common areas of contention or omission in family business succession planning are: 1) Technical mistakes, 2) Planning in a vacuum, 3) Leaving the business to the surviving spouse, and 4) The challenge of treating children equitably.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PLANNING

Leadership is often a murky and nebulous concept, but it is important. How many times in the sports world have you seen a coach or manager fired and a new leader come in, take his/ her place, and with the same cast of characters produce far different results? Leaders in family and closely held businesses are, as Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees once said, “the straw that stirs the drink.” Experts around the world can point to the quantitative impact leaders make. Warren Bennis says, “Leadership accounts for, at the very least, 15% of the success of any organization.” Afsaneh Navahandi wrote that leadership can account for up to 44% of a firm’s profitability. Researchers at the Wharton School of Finance concluded that between 15% – 25% of the variation in a corporation’s profitability was determined by the character of their chief executives. Even researchers attempting to debunk the power of leadership concluded that it accounts for a minimum of 7% – 14% of a company’s performance! Leadership development in most closely held businesses consists of on the job training (OJT). This is certainly one way to skin the cat; however, keeping next generation leaders and managers in 80 hour weekly production jobs crowds out many other leadership development tools and techniques. The Family Business Institute augments traditional OJT with other leadership development initiatives to assure closely held business leaders – irrespective of generation – they have the right team with the right skills in place for future business success.

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