Family Business Recommends

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The Three Little Pigs Learn to Give, Save, and Spend

The Big Bad Wolf is back, and he's blowing down houses in the forest, one by one. The Three Little Pigs hatch a plan to help other animals weather the wolf's mighty lungs. They start a building company, offering strong homes built of brick, just like theirs. Demand is high for the brick homes the Pigs build, and their business becomes a success. Now they need to figure out what they should do with their hard-earned profits. One little Pig wants to spend away, another wants to give it away, and the third wants to save it. Based on the give-save-spend-concept, this sequel to the classic fairy tale teaches kids a safe and practical approach to managing money.

Schools don't teach basic finance, and most books about money are too confusing for younger children. An entertaining first step in any child's education, Give, Save, Spend with the Three Little Pigs is easy to read and understand.

How do individuals get trapped in their family business? What does it look like when someone is trapped? Is exiting the only option? Based on interviews with family business members, owners, and their advisors, Trapped in the Family Business sheds light on this common yet unexplored issue and offers solutions for how to manage it. In the expanded second edition to this practical guide, Dr. Michael Klein shares research findings, insights, and how to avoid this challenging and complex situation.

William Handwerker

"Nathan’s Famous: The First 100 Years of America’s Favorite Frankfurter Company" chronicles the history and business strategies of company founder Nathan Handwerker that led to the success of an iconic international brand and two of America’s most loved foods: The Nathan’s Famous Frankfurter and Crinkle-cut French Fries. 

Adam Bellow

Nepotism is one of those social habits we all claim to deplore in America; it offends our sense of fair play and our pride in living in a meritocracy. But somehow nepotism prevails; we all want to help our own and a quick glance around reveals any number of successful families whose sons and daughters have gone on to accomplish objectively great things, even if they got a little help from their parents.

Allan Cohen and Pramodita Sharma

Families are complicated; family businesses even more so. Like other companies, family-run enterprises must develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills. But they must also manage family dynamics that rarely mirror the best practices in the latestHarvard Business Review

Allan Cohen and Pramodita Sharma, scholars with deep professional and personal roots in family businesses, show how enterprising families can transmit the hunger for excellence across generations. Using examples of firms that flourished and those that failed, they describe the practices that characterize entrepreneurial individuals, families, and organizations and offer pragmatic advice that can be tailored to your unique situation.