Family Business Recommends

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

Clint Greenleaf

In Beyond the Piggy Bank, Clint Greenleaf - entrepreneur, CEO, CPA, and father of three reveals the simple path to ensuring that your child will enter adulthood knowing how to manage their money. After exploring the existing literature on children and money, Greenleaf realized he could not prescribe the right way to teach children about money. Instead, he has created a framework that allows you to tailor a financial education to your child without leaving out any of the essentials. Beyond the Piggy Bank will help you explore your own financial values and level of financial literacy. Each of those values is then applied to a simple but fundamental lesson in your child s financial literacy journey. By the end of this book, you will have a thoughtful, well-developed, and easy-to-execute roadmap that will enable your child to confidently handle their personal finances.

Clint Greenleaf

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.

Danny Miller and Isabel Le Breton-Miller

Conventional thinking holds that family-controlled businesses are beset by inherent weaknesses from "clan" cultures to stable ownership that hobble success and erode competitive advantage. This book argues that those very traits are part of what has ensured the sustained success of some of the world's leading and long-lived family controlled businesses. This is not a book for "mom and pop" family businesses. Rather, it is for firms of all kinds and sizes who want to emulate the strategies of the best family-controlled businesses for long term success.

David Lansky

Most family business owners and wealth creators share an important vision: perpetuating family and wealth for many generations to come. To ensure wealth continuity, many families put into place various structures, plans, and processes, including estate plans (which may include multiple trusts), ownership succession plans, governance structures/strategies, and others.  These sometimes-elaborate plans are aimed at preserving family wealth.  In reality, for many families, they don’t.    In fact, it has been estimated  that a majority  of estate plans in place fail, largely as a result of family conflict or communication problems.  Author David Lansky reveals here that too many one-size-fits-all and elaborate continuity plans fail to take into account the idiosyncratic family factors that can interfere with continuity planning. Lansky details further how building the right foundation will help families implement the best continuity plans.  

Dean Fowler

How similar are problems faced by families who work in business together? More often than not, family businesses throughout the world share common problems as they work to create a successful business without destroying the family. In Love, Power & Money: Family Business Between Generations authors Dean Fowler and Peg Masterson Edquist share the stories of countless businesses run by generations of families. Through the use of family business stories, the authors explore the powerful emotional forces unleashed in the running of a family-owned business. The chapters cover topics ranging from family dynamics, to employment strategies, business plans, and management and estate succession methods. By sharing the unique solutions that these families implemented, the book helps other families in business find the balance among love, power and money in order to master the complexities of family business transitions. The solutions show that healthy family relationships coupled with a strong business produce an enduring and successful family business, generation to generation.