A PRACTICAL, THERAPEUTIC, HANDS-ON CONVERSATION, TO HELP YOUR FAMILY BUSINESS WORK FOR YOU Working with family can be tremendously rewarding, adding great competitive advantage; or continuously irritating, reducing prosperity, satisfaction, and any desire to show up for work. For the lucky few, doing it right comes easy- but for most, family business success takes structure, conscientiousness, right priorities and intentions. This session will be a combination of useful content, to give you a better sense of best practices, to help your family business plan, communicate and function better; and conversation, so that the presenter, Ira Bryck, plus the audience, members of many other family companies, can help you figure out what to do tomorrow back at your specific company. At this presentation, you will: • Learn what governance structures are used by family businesses that successfully discriminate between family and business rules and roles. • Discuss the several biggest stumbling blocks faced by families in business (whether multigenerational, spouses, siblings and cousins), and how you can prevent them or deal with them (but not avoid them). • Build an organization that rewards merit, incorporates systems that are humane yet professional, is attractive to talent that may not be either family or owners, and plans for a realistic and strategic ownership and management succession at the right time • Realize what "best practices" are what has kept excellent family businesses thriving, but which others don't actually mean much • Discover and practice a few communication tools specifically designed to keep family business communication efficient, untainted, appreciative and businesslike.