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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"

Chapter 7: "You're Not Loyal to This Family If You Insist on Being Selfish"

Chapter 8: Father Knows Best?

This chapter presents a syndrome that occurs because people who start businesses usually have a domineering personality and are consumed by their business, illustrating the three most common manifestations. The first section discusses the problems that arise from the business founder's absence from the family. The second section confronts the problems that occur when children who have been raised by someone with a domineering personality or a strong need to control enter the business and now work for this parent. The final section covers the tendency of business founders to view the company as an extension of their own identity, and the problems that this possessiveness creates for the business.

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

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