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About the Book

The Family Business Doctor provides a sophisticated diagnostic grid for the unique challenges faced by business families. But more importantly, this is a book about hope—charting healing pathways for the predictable aches and pains common to this patient.

For families facing succession, or stuck in sibling rivalry, or locked in chronic conflict patterns, The Family Business Doctor shines a light on preventive solutions. The cures presented in this book are based on leading research, best practices and a decade of experience by Dr. John Fast in helping families navigate some of their deepest fears and operationalize their greatest desires.

 Table of Contents

SECTION I – FAMILY BUSINESSES ARE UNIQUE
  1. The Competitive Advantages of Family Firms
  2. The Four Unique Challenges Facing Business Families
  3. The Priority of a Common Family Vision
  4. Three Bottom Lines: Love, Money, Power
SECTION II – INTERGENERATIONAL DYNAMICS: LEARNING TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER
  1. The Vulnerability of the Next Generation
  2. Communicating with Emotional Intelligence
  3. “Founderitis” and the Challenge of Healthy Aging
  4. SOBs (Sons of Bosses)
  5. Male Menopause: The Hidden Fear
SECTION III – SUCCESSFUL SUCCESSION: HEALING THE PAST, ENSURING THE FUTURE
  1. Operationalizing the Golden Rule
  2. Practising Habits of the Heart
  3. From Parenting to Partnering
  4. Toward Vital Business Families
  5. Appendix 1: Succession Planning Template
  6. Appendix 2: For Professional Advisors