Table of Contents for "Keep the Family Baggage Out of the
Family Business: Avoiding the Seven Deadly Sins That Destroy Family Businesses"
What's Causing This Mess?
The Family System, the Business System, and the Accompanying Baggage
Chapter 1: Why You Need to Read This Book
Chapter 2: Systems and Baggage
Chapter 3: When Worlds Collide: The Family System Meets the Business System
We Have Seen the Enemy, and He Is Us:
The Seven Deadly Sins That Destroy Family Businesses
Part II presents a series of seven syndromes – the "Seven
Deadly Sins" – that occur when the family's baggage is allowed to
run rampant through their business. These syndromes are not presented in any
other book – they are the unique contribution that this book makes to the
knowledge of family businesses. Each chapter presents a separate syndrome
and its variations. A summary table is presented at the end of each chapter
as a quick reference tool.
Chapter 4: "It's the Same Old Song"
Chapter 5: "We're One Big, Happy Family"
This chapter presents a syndrome that occurs by failing to acknowledge
that the business system requires different practices than the family
system, illustrating the four most common manifestations. The first section
presents the problems caused when a family insists upon assigning business
roles according to birth order and sex. The second section illustrates the
problems that are created by giving all family members equal rewards
regardless of their contributions to the business’s success/failure. The
third section discusses the phenomenon of maintaining family harmony by
avoiding the discussion of difficult issues. The final section examines the
practice of using third persons to transmit "confrontational"
messages between family members.
Chapter 6: "They May Have Become Adults, but They'll Always Be My Children"
Chapter 7: "You're Not Loyal to This Family If You Insist on Being Selfish"
Chapter 8: Father Knows Best?
Chapter 9: "Maybe It Will Go Away If We Ignore It"
Chapter 10: "Tell Me About Your Childhood"
Succession: A Battleground unto Itself
Chapter 11: Certain Problems Are Inherent to Succession
Chapter 12: The Baggage Returns in Time for Succession
Chapter 13: Evolutionary Versus Revolutionary Succession
Chapter 14: Successful Succession
It Comes with the Territory: Other Problems Inherent in Family Businesses
Chapter 15: They've Stayed Too Long at the Fair: Long-Tenured Managers and Employees
Chapter 16: Interlopers, Consorts, and Other Undesirable Meddlers
Chapter 17: Baggage du Jour
Chapter 18: The American Dream Versus the Family Nightmare
All Is Not Lost: Recommendations and Solutions
Chapter 19: Create a Council of Advisors
Chapter 20: Create a Strong Team to Run the Company
Chapter 21: Develop a Strong Team
Chapter 22: The Right Consultant Is Critical to Your Success
Chapter 23: Additional Sources of Expertise
Chapter 24: Put It in Writing
Chapter 25: Final Thoughts