How To Ensure Your Kids Hate Each Other

How To Ensure Your Kids Hate Each Other

UNEQUAL TREATMENT REGARDING MONEY: Parents may elect to favor one child over another (sometimes unconsciously), but if they do, they need to be ready to deal with the consequences of their actions. One of the best ways to ensure that children become bitter and...
Be Patient! Listen Up! Speak Up!

Be Patient! Listen Up! Speak Up!

I come from a family with a successful track record of business achievements that span most of the last century. My grandfather, Charles, and my father, Clark both built an enviable record in construction and real estate. Today, over 1,000 people working across North...
Being As Good As Dad is Not Good Enough

Being As Good As Dad is Not Good Enough

In a recent team teaching workshop for professional directors, we spent some of our time discussing the challenges that would-be successors in family businesses face today. We talked about how heirs to the leadership mantel in a family business often have a hard time...
Family Business is Good Business

Family Business is Good Business

As the new year approaches, I was asked to predict what I saw ahead for the year. I stated: “I predict this will be the year that Canadians begin to recognize that family business is the economic engine of our economy.” Allow me to explain why I believe this. Firstly,...