Family Business Recommends

Our publishers and editors have hand selected the following books for you to consider adding to your library. Happy reading.

Mitzi Perdue

After years of hard work and ensuing success, Mitzi Perdue offers unique and poignant insights to leaders and readers around the world through her biography of Frank Perdue, who revolutionized the chicken industry. Frank Perdue did chores as a child so young he needed two hands to hold a single egg. But from these humblest of beginnings, he built an empire that today spans the globe. Due to his intuitive sense of the market, there is hardly a person over the age of twenty-five who doesn’t know the tagline, “It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken.” Frank Perdue was an extremely thoughtful and thorough businessman. He studied every possible angle of business strategy, getting advice from every possible source, before making an important decision. This is his story, and also a personal story regarding the bond between Frank and Mitzi Perdue. A true case of love at first sight – they were engaged within 24 hours of their first date – and a remarkable partnership. The rich combination of Frank Perdue's life and career and the lessons he imparts, along with Mitzi’s journalistic talents, allow this book to resonate on multiple levels – as a biography, as a business book, and as the tale of a one-of-a-kind American entrepreneur.

Peg Masterson Edquist and Dean Fowler

This collection of short articles is based on the stories of the families featured in our full-length book - Love, Power and Money: Family Business Between Generations. We have organized the articles around four major categories: Transforming Communication, Enhancing Leadership, Creating Strategies, Building Responsible Ownership

R. Craig Palubiak

The Business Person’s Handbook consists of a series of practical tips which address real world issues facing today’s business person. The purpose is to provide concise, yet thought-provoking perspectives that will lead to timely, positive solutions for you and your team. 

Randel S. Carlock (Author), Keng-Fun Loh (Author), Elin Williams (Editor), Ruth Gwily (Illustrator)


24 activities to plan your family and business future

Does your family own a business?
Does your family control significant financial or business assets?
Is family harmony an important goal for you and your business family?
Have family issues or conflict spilled over into your family business?
Have business decisions impacted your family?
Do you advise wealthy or business families?
Would you like to support your family business clients' planning activities more effectively?

Answer yes to any of these and this book is for you!

This activity-based fieldbook is designed as a rigorous planning tool based on more than 25 years of teaching and advising business families around the world.
It teaches the professional planning skills required for any business family to move from the founder or owner-manager stages (G1,G2), based on power, personality and politics, to a multi-generational family-team model (G3 and beyond), driven by planning, passion and purpose.

We call it a fieldbook because it creates real-world family learning experiences with activities to explore family and business planning.

After over 25 years of teaching family businesses around the world, we have seen some outstanding business families who understand and use professional planning tools to help their families and businesses perform better. But we have also observed, and research shows, that most business families do not have plans for succession and few have a clear family strategy.

The need for business planning is demonstrated and accepted but many families still neglect addressing their family plans because they know the issues are emotional and they do not want to risk potentially explosive conversations.

Richard A. Morris and Jayne A. Pearl

Leaving children with a substantial amount of money can be a boon or a burden. High-net-worth parents need to give their children an education to navigate today’s complex world. The question becomes how to raise children with a sense of reality and balance, imparting a strong work ethic, and making them good stewards of their wealth.