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Family Business Mediation

Who’s Minding the Store?

Mediation & Consulting for the Family Business

Family businesses are unique and challenging, whether they are the first or fourth generation. Personality differences, power struggles, family dynamics and birth orders can all play a role in creating conflict and keeping your business from growing “up.” As a family business owner, consultant, supreme and family court mediator, addressing any issues faced by today’s family business is what we do best! We pride ourselves on strengthening your ability to communicate and collaborate in order to grow to your best potential.

What is mediation and how does it help family owned businesses?

Marriage and businesses have a lot in common. They are partnerships where communication skills and techniques are important in making everyday decisions. Just because you live together doesn’t mean you communicate well.

That’s where mediation comes in!

Communication… Collaboration…

 

Communication in family businesses is usually poor or nonexistent, often causing breakdowns, sabotage and sadly, divorces! In working with family businesses, there is often an assumption that “things will just work out” and that everyone shares a common “head.” But the reality is that there is a lot going on under the surface and only comes out during a major change – often finding out that there have been many undisclosed conflicts going on for years!

Developing an agenda of specific items that need to be discussed is one of the first steps we take; then, Succession planning, Vision and Mission statements, clarity and future visions will all be discussed so that the “plan” for the company can be successfully separated from the family and its unique dynamics.

Success!

This Mediation inspired approach has often led to entirely new ways of dealing with conflicts; allowing the day to day dealings inside the operating company to be free of underlying stress and fear. This allows the family to relate healthily and the company to follow its own secure and successful path!

Don’t let your family issues cause your business to falter.

A business (and marriage) is only as healthy as the people in it!