“The one book you need to navigate the complex decisions and critical relationships necessary to create and sustain a healthy family business – and business family.”

Harvard Business Review Family Business Handbook

From BanyanGlobal Co-Founders Dr. Josh Baron and Rob Lachenauer

The Harvard Business Review Family Business Handbook: How to Build and Sustain a Successful, Enduring Enterprise

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Your role in a family business will ask much of you – your intellect, your emotional intelligence, and even your courage. Done well, your family relationships will be deeper and more rewarding, your business will thrive, and your community will benefit.

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What you will learn in the HBR Family Business Handbook:

  • How to decode your family business by understanding the influence of key individuals, multidimensional relationships, and system dynamics
  • Why ownership brings with it the power to either destroy your business or position it to thrive across generations
  • How to identify your type of family business and determine if it needs to change for your business to prosper
  • How to build the governance structures and processes necessary for good decisions
  • How to develop an Owner Strategy that defines success for your business
  • How to create an approach to communication that helps you foster the trusted relationships your family business depends on to thrive
  • How to establish a transition plan for your business to set up the next generation for success rather than conflict
  • How to work effectively and succeed in your family business
  • How to manage your family’s wealth responsibly
  • How to get the level of conflict just right
  • How to build a family office
  • How to minimize the risk of losing what you have built

Watch: A Conversation with the Authors

“Family business is a team sport. You win together and you can lose together.”

“Unlike public companies, in which market forces dictate nearly all decisions, family business owners get to write their own rules, fundamentally shaping not just the business but the family as well.”

“This three-generation rule is destructive because it creates an inferiority complex for family business owners, who believe their business, and family, are doomed to fail. That point of view, in turn, creates a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

HBR Book Quotes

“The right to define success typically translates into three possible outcomes for the business—do you prioritize growth, liquidity, or control?”

“Strong relationships sustain your family business across generations and help you compete with companies that may have more resources.”

“Given your influence not only as an owner, but as a parent, an aunt, an uncle, or a grandparent, how you handle this transition will also determine how well the next generation develops the capabilities required to succeed you, both as individuals and while working together as a group.”

Dr. Josh Baron

Dr. Josh Baron is a co-founder and Partner at BanyanGlobal. For more than a decade, he has worked closely with families who own assets together, such as operating companies, family foundations, and family offices. He helps these families to define their purpose as owners and to establish the structures, strategies, and skills they need to accomplish their goals. Prior to Banyan, he worked at Bain & Company and The Bridgespan Group. Baron teaches family business courses at Columbia Business School in the MBA, EMBA, and Executive Education programs. He is a regular contributor to HBR.org, and publishes and speaks frequently on subjects concerning family enterprises, including “Why the 21st Century Will Belong to Family Businesses,” “Why Family Businesses Need to Find the Right Level of Conflict,” and “Every Business Owner Should Define What Success Looks Like.” A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Cambridge, and Columbia University, he is also the author of Great Power Peace and American Primacy: The Origins and Future of a New International Order.

Rob Lachenauer

Rob Lachenauer

Rob Lachenauer, a co-founder, Partner and CEO of BanyanGlobal, has been an advisor, business leader, and writer throughout his career. As an advisor, he was a Partner at The Boston Consulting Group, where he helped family-controlled and other businesses set and implement growth strategies. While at BCG, he co-authored Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win? with George Stalk. Published by Harvard Business School Press in 2004, Hardball was subsequently translated into six languages. As the founding CEO of Banyan, Lachenauer has worked closely with scores of family businesses throughout the world, helping them navigate the decisions they face as owners while strengthening family relationships. He is an expert in leadership and governance for family businesses. A graduate of Harvard Business School and Cornell University, Lachenauer is also a frequent contributor to HBR.org, including “Making Better Decisions in Your Family Business,” “What Happens When You Lose Your Mentor,” and “Why I Hired an Executive with a Mental Illness.”

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