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Tag. You’re It! Defining Future Roles in the Family Business

“In real-life, few family businesses really formally prepare the next generation for leadership”

As the younger generation takes on a more active role in the family business we need to better define their job positions and responsibilities to avoid conflict. In real-life, few family businesses really formally prepare the next generation for leadership, because it’s a little like succession planning where it’s often treated as a process you need but don’t want to work on. Avoiding the discussions increases the likelihood of future job role confusion and conflict and having a higher number of family members entering the company than the business can support.

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When is it Time to Bring a CFO Into the Family Business?

“the event that really triggered our decision to bring in an outside CFO was a situation involving a serious fraud incident”

Most family business accounting functions are initially run by an accounting manager, then a controller, and eventually a chief financial officer. Over time, the accounting department gradually evolves into more of a financial department. As your family business grows in size and complexity there is an increasing need to go beyond just reporting the numbers, and the need to analyze the financial results in a manner to be acted on. (read more)