When the Family Gets Bigger

BanyanGlobal partner Marion McCollom Hampton sat down with Banyan’s editorial director Karen Dillon to share her guidance on navigating the variety of situations that business families commonly face as new people–spouses, children, and in-laws–enter their families. It needs effort. But you have a lot to lose from getting this wrong.

Time Stamps and Key Takeaways from the podcast are below.

Time Stamps:

[0:10] Why it is complicated for family business families when new people join?

[1:41] Example of a new spouse’s tumultuous journey entering a business family and ultimately finding her place

[5:16] How to not lose yourself as a spouse in a family business family

[6:51] What does the addition of in-laws mean to the business family when someone marries and/or has children?

[8:22] Family businesses often have a very visible and ceremonial role in their communities

[9:30] Communication is the key factor in successfully entering a family business

[12:02] Different ways business families can include, or not include, spouses in the business

[13:57] What is the best way to have the pre-nup conversation?

[15:46] From the business family member’s point of view: the necessary preparations and conversations with the incoming spouse before they enter

[17:21] A patriarch/matriarch getting re-married can often times be more complicated and poorly handled than when their children get married

[20:34] Often forgotten, babies and children are also new entrants that need to be planned for

[23:19] When should the conversations about expectations and boundaries for new entrants in the business family start?

[25:38] Is it possible to course correct?

[27:40] The consequences of not adequately preparing for new entrants to enter the business family

Key Takeaways:

Don’t ignore the people outside your immediate family system, such as in-laws, they are a part of the equation once a family member gets married and they need to be considered and included in some way.