Good reading for nurturing your business

BY HENRY HUTCHESON - Correspondent A few weeks ago I reviewed a new book geared toward helping…

Georgia (Aug 15, 2011)

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A few weeks ago I reviewed a new book geared toward helping family businesses. Since then I have received a spate of requests for more information about the book, and other books that would be helpful to a family business. As consultants, we frequently assist clients with developing self-education programs to help them understand and manage family business dynamics. With this backdrop, let me dedicate this article to highlighting some resources for family businesses.

At the simplest end, I will humbly admit, are the periodic articles found in magazines, newspapers and online news sources. In-flight magazines, magazines like Time and Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and daily newspapers across the country, like The N&O, will feature information helpful to family businesses. They typically tend to focus on more general topics, given the need to appeal to a broad audience.

Moving up the scale would be family business specific books and periodicals. Clearly, the No. 1 magazine in this regard is Family Business: it is the only magazine dedicated to multigenerational family businesses in North America. It covers various topics relevant to family businesses and usually features prominent or otherwise interesting family businesses like Yuengling, Chick-fil-A, and NASCAR. Family Business also publishes handbooks addressing specific issues such as succession and mentoring. Another periodical is the Family Business Review. This is a scholarly journal which publishes research on family businesses. 


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