Family Business

What Happens When the Family Business Outgrows the Family?

There’s nothing better than running a successful business and growing rapidly. Riding the wave of success, you can do nothing wrong. Or can you?

Keeping your skill set up to speed in a fast growing business can be challenging. Founders who have homegrown skill sets are especially at risk. Fast growth brings leaders into unchartered territory causing them to learn through trial by fire. Many mistakes can be made, which won’t necessarily cripple the business, but can cause serious harm.

“we could be great owners, but we weren’t necessarily the best managers”
–Andrew Molson, Molson Coors Brewing Company

I really like this statement from Andrew Molson. It proves that the Molson Family recognized their limitations and accepted the idea that someone else could manage the business more effectively than the family. More…

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. More…