Family Business Recommends

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

James R. Kwaiser

Families working together have been described as ”tricky.” Many identify themselves as normal because the family’s dysfunctional inter-relations are considered normal. What family doesn’t have some dysfunction? Transforming Family Businesses From "Dysfunctional to Extraordinary" presents real stories of families who work together. Each story deals with the challenges every family working together in business face. The personal issues that intermix with the business issues, family baggage blending with decision-making. The process presented, enables families who are committed to improve family communication and business direction, find the right solutions. The family names and specifics of the business have been changed. The issues are real and so are the results. Each story explains the challenges, the options and what the choice of each family has been. It gives the "how to" steps to effectively deal with each issue. Each family is unique and situation is different. The process explained has been designed, and is proven to work, for those families that are willing to commit to Family First. By reading and studying these stories, and with commitment, families will discover a process that can assist in helping them to overcome any challenges they will face, by living and working together. After implementing the process with numerous family businesses, we have had the opportunity to see family relationships strengthen and business grow and continue. The process outlined can work for any family but it is in working with family business where it has been the most successful. Transforming your family in business from what is considered normal (dysfunctional) to extraordinary is only 152 pages away!

Jean-Charles Boisset, Marnie Old

Finally, an introduction to wine that takes the stiffness out of wine and puts the joie de vivre back in. You don't need to memorize reams of data to feel in control when shopping or deciding what to drink with dinner. All you need to learn are the handful of powerful ideas that help capture and explain wine's extraordinary variations of style. By instilling the confidence to make educated guesses based on a few central truths, this book will help you relax and savor what's in the glass regardless of its grape or region. The genus of this introduction to wine is that it shares the compelling ideas and practical skills that separate the wine expert from the wine novice. Its authors make use of the lessons of Franco-American history, the principles of sensory science, and the predictability of Mother Nature to make sense of the wine with humor, humility, and no shred of pretense. Passion For Wine is also refreshingly direct in its embrace of the central truth behind wine's appeal; that wine brings pleasure not simply through the sum of its flavors, textures, and scents, but also in its extraordinary ability to elevate life's precious moments and strengthen the bonds of love and humanity that connect us all.

Jennifer M. Pendergrast, John L. Ward and Stephanie Brun de Pontet

In Building a Successful Family Business Board , the authors show why private firms need the in-depth expertise and objective feedback that a well-chosen board, including qualified independent directors, can provide, and demonstrates how owners and directors can work together to ensure a long and profitable life for the firm.

Jo Ann Levitt, Marjory Levitt and Joel Levitt
Much has been written about the relationships of parents and children. But the unsung chord in all of our adult relationships, professional and personal, is rooted in the sibling connection. In this extraordinary book based on their Sibling Revelry workshops, authors — and siblings — Jo Ann, Marjory, and Joel Levitt re-create the seminars that have helped many strengthen the bonds of their adult sibling relationships. 
Kelin A. Gersick, John A. Davis, Marion McCollom Hampton and Ivan Lansberg

Generation to Generation presents one of the first comprehensive overviews of family business as a specific organizational form. Focusing on the inevitable maturing of families and their firms over time, the authors reveal the dynamics and challenges family businesses face as they move through their life cycles. The book asks questions, such as: what is the difference between an entrepreneurial start-up and a family business, and how does one become the other? How does the meaning of the business to the family change as adults and children age? How do families move through generational changes in leadership, from anticipation to transfer, and then separation and retirement? This book is divided into three sections that present a multidimensional model of a family business. The authors use the model to explore the various stages in the family business life span and extract generalizable lessons about how family businesses should be organized.