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"
Chapter 6: "They May Have Become Adults, but They'll Always Be My Children"
This chapter presents a syndrome that occurs when parents are unable to
accept their children as grown adults, illustrating the three most common
manifestations. The first section presents behavior patterns that are a
natural phenomenon of having been a parent – automatically rejecting the
children’s ideas and failing to delegate authority to them. The second
section examines a situation where the parents deny that their children have
become adults in order to avoid having to confront their own mortality. The
final section discusses a situation where the parents perceive themselves to
be in competition with their children and actively seek to undermine them.
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