Collected resources: Family councils

Editor’s note: A frequent question we hear from business families regarding family governance is: “Where do we start?” The following is a selection of articles and other resources that can be helpful in thinking about the role family governance might play in your family. 

As family business advisors, we have been recommending to our clients that they form family councils for decades. In fact, councils are often considered the sine qua non for all families who own businesses together, particularly if the business has been around for more than a generation. But who really needs a family council, and what exactly is one?Read more…

Responsibilities of Family Councils by John L. Ward, Ph.D.
This comprehensive list outlines the obligations a well-defined council provides to the family firm. Read more…

A Renegotiation of Relationships by Chris Eckrich, Ph.D. and Steve McClure, Ph.D.
The “Hills” family asks: Are we ready to commit to changing our rules of engagement with one another? Read more…


Family Council HandbookBook: The Family Council Handbook
by Chris Eckrich, Ph.D. and Steve McClure, Ph.D.
An invaluable owner’s manual for family councils that includes beneficial models, strategies and real-life examples. Learn more…

Webinar: Providing Structure for Family Business Continuity
During this on-demand webinar, panelists Chris Eckrich, Ph.D., Steve McClure, Ph.D. and Amy Schuman explain how to use the family council to strengthen the family and the business. Learn more…


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