Every family business is also unique and, no matter how successful, most of them will encounter issues concerned with succession, whether of management or ownership or perhaps both.
When evaluating a family business, it is important to gain a deep understanding of the family dynamics and relationships between generations.
Key areas for review and discussion would include:
- The values of the family
- The vision for and purpose of the family business
- The family’s commitment to the business
Concepts of stewardship, legacy, fairness, opportunity and the long-term are often the main drivers of the family business. Profitability can also be an important consideration, although frequently a much longer-term one than in other businesses where third-party pressures can influence decision making and necessitate shorter-term actions.
Only by understanding the above can we truly support the family and the business in developing succession strategies that will reflect the goals of both.