disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to
- I do not want
my children to control the business when I am no longer around.
What options do I have?
- We have a problem
in our family. Our father (now 73) does not want to listen to
us and always “knows best”. Our mother is afraid of
confronting Dad, and the business is going down the drain. What
can we do to instigate change?
- My brother always wants to be “too”
smart and I find myself unable to trust him any longer. What shall
- A dispute is threatening
to destroy the family and unless we do something about it, we
will probably devastate the company as well. How best can we tackle
- In our family we tend to pretend that conflicts
do not exist, and react by sweeping them under the carpet. This
is evolving into a serious problem. How can we bring up the issues
that must, sooner or later, be confronted?
- My father handed
over the management of the company to me two years ago, but he
is constantly interfering and I see no option but to resign. What
other possibilities do I have, and is there anything I can do
to change my father’s behaviour?
- Six years ago two of our sibling sold their
stake in the business. The business has done well since, but now
they want more money. How should we tackle this?
- One of the family
members (with a 20% ownership stake) wants to sell her share in
our family company - but we cannot agree on the price. What should
- I am working in our family company together
with two siblings and three cousins. We see things differently,
and unfortunately I do not seem to be getting on very well with
them. Should I leave the company or are there other options?
- We bought our sister
out of the family company some 10 years ago, after a drawn out
conflict. Since then my brother and I have stayed together, but
more for economic reasons than anything else. The trust between
us has deteriorated over time, and even though we have put together
a shareholders’ agreement, maybe it would be better to go
for a clean split. What do you recommend and how should I evaluate
my options going forward?