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NxG: What’s your Authentic Leadership Style?

The FBC hosted its first-ever NextGen Networking Event at Chicago’s own City Winery. The venue served up a bevy of craft beer and wine, and gave all of our NxG attendees an after-work hangout to eat, drink and mingle with their peers.

Our aim for the event was to build community. We wanted to carve out [...]

A Night to Remember

Despite the stormy forecast last month, the FBC’s second-annual Summer Boat Cruise set sail on the waters of the Chicago River.  Over 70 passengers kept dry aboard the Leading Lady, one of the newer vessels from FBC Member, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises.

Once we got going, the rain let up long enough for people to venture to [...]

Conference Notes: Building a High Performance Families

Last week, the FBC hosted its first conference of 2013: Building High-Performance Families. The day’s theme challenged attendees to answer an important, and sometimes overlooked, question: what is family strategy and how do you build it? Keynote speakers and FBC Members shared stories, experience and insight, resulting in a day of mutual learning and candid [...]

Family Business Resolutions by Anne Smart, Guest Blogger

The start of a New Year brings with it hope and opportunities; it gives us a chance to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and ask ourselves where we want to go in the year ahead. Many family businesses spend ample time planning for the future of their businesses by developing strategic plans and budgets, but [...]

Conference Notes: Finding Your Own Work-Life Balance

Last week, the FBC hosted its final conference of 2012: Work-Life Balance from NowGen to NxG. Our speakers and panelists touched on a number of different topics, and shared insights and tips on how you can achieve a healthy work-life balance.

Entrepreneur’s Success Code

Jeff Burrows, author of The Entrepreneur’s Success Code helped tackle the work-portion of [...]

Conference Notes: FBN International Summit in Review

Thirty-eight Members of the Family Business Center made the trek to Jolly ole’ England this month for the Family Business Network (FBN) International Summit. Over the course of four days, nearly 800 family business executives, owners, and family members attended panel discussions, networked and rubbed elbows with other family businesses from around the world.

A [...]

Mind Your Own Business! Part 2: Preparing the Next Generation

In my previous blog post, Mind Your Own Business, Part 1: Managing Privacy within a Family Business, I introduced readers to Peterson Manufacturing, a second generation family business who ran up against some difficulties protecting their privacy in a small community. This post continues the same theme with a more focused look at the next [...]

Mind Your Own Business! Part 1: Managing Privacy within a Family Business

We recently wrapped our September conference, Playing it Safe: Protecting the Family Business in a Public World, and ever since I’ve been keenly aware of my own privacy. Shredding documents, swiping a credit card, even signing my name—so many of the day to day things I took for granted now feel more… vulnerable. Am I [...]

Conference Notes: How Safe is Your Family and Business?

The Family Business Center’s September 20 Conference, Playing it Safe: Protecting the Family Business in a Public World, proved to be one of the year’s best. A big thank-you to Frank Abagnale for his bevvy of take-home tips and insights. And kudos to our panelists Joe Perrino, Bob Jordan and Janie Goldberg-Dicks. We couldn’t have [...]

The Greatest Show on Earth

Running a family business can feel like a three-ring circus at times.  In ring number one, the Ownership Ring, we have our troop searching high and low for financial return. In ring number two, the Family Ring, we have Mom, Dad and the rest of the gang performing their famous balancing act around Brother’s drinking [...]

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