Cornell University, Ithaca NY | May 18 -19, 2017
Throughout the life of a family business, naturally-occurring transitions take place. Predictable family business transitions include acquisitions, leadership succession, shifts in services or products, transfer of wealth, disruptive relationship challenges, and the marriage, divorce, illness or death of key leaders. Whether these transitions are smooth, leading to opportunities and growth, or rough, resulting in a full-blown family or business crisis, depends to a large degree on the maturity and conversational skill of family leaders. Is there a reliable alternative to the “discomfort viruses” - avoidance, conflict, distance, and defensiveness - that so often threaten healthy conversations at the expense of the business and the family?