Meet Banyan’s Thought Leaders

Marion Hampton

Vlad Barbieri

Partner

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Conflict is always present in family business owners’ relationships, even if it is not “visible”. Acknowledging and accepting that that is the case is one of the first steps on learning how to manage the conflicts.

Josh Baron

Josh Baron

Partner

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There’s nothing wrong with your family if you’re struggling with any of these challenges. Rather than assigning blame, focus on how to support each other, as well as what you can learn for the inevitable next time you experience a disruption.

Josh Baron

Fernanda Brasil

Principal

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Most of the time, conflict is not about who is right, it is more about what is better for each person. It’s about conflicting perceptions. Investing your time trying to convince the other person that you are right and they are wrong is, most of the time, useless. Listening to what’s important to the other side and discussing possibilities of how to address it is halfway to building an agreeable solution.

Marion Hampton

Nick Di Loreto

Partner

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Disruptions are inevitable both in life and in family business. But how you prepare for those disruptions and the decisions you make in the face of them can fundamentally shape or reshape your family and your business.

Marion Hampton

Ben Francois

Partner

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The source of disruptions to your business family aren’t always one-time event. Sometimes a disruption can have a long tail. But once you understand what’s triggered it, you can begin to course correct.

Marion Hampton

Alison Isaacson

Principal

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New spouses can play a significant role in the fate of your business family. Find ways to engage them and leverage the unique experiences they bring. You don’t want them to feel like outsiders.

Vladimir Barbieri

Dennis Jaffe

Senior Research Fellow

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In an uncertain, volatile world, you can’t anticipate what will happen or when. But there are two things you can do: create a structure and family mindset that is open, flexible and responsive to change, and put in place processes for managing the most likely disruptions.

Rob Lachenauer

Rob Lachenauer

Managing Partner

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Business families face tough decisions together. Disruptions often challenge your status quo and require a new set of decisions.

Marion Hampton

Judy Lin Walsh

Partner

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It’s inevitable that inequality will develop among business families over time. But what’s not inevitable is how you respond. You can choose to be upset or you can choose to grow.

Marion Hampton

Marion McCollom Hampton

Senior Research Fellow

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In the best cases, people marrying in to a family business bring that outside culture of their own family, and that makes the business family stronger.

Aline Porto

Aline Porto

Partner

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We’ve seen many leaders for whom being an engaged shareholder is a better fit than a day-to-day manager, and vice versa. Find you own path, and remember: it is possible to respect and honor the family legacy and seek personal fulfillment at the same time.

Vladimir Barbieri

Omar Romman

Partner

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Conflict is natural in family businesses, and often comes from family members having different perspectives.We find that when you foster an environment where individuals can hear and be heard, they generally find common ground and are able to mitigate the type of conflict that can be hurtful or make it hard to come to agreement.

Vladimir Barbieri

Ana Resende

Principal

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Transition and succession are a process, not an event. So, use time in your favor: the sooner you start thinking about it and making intentional choices, the easier the eventual transition will be.