Managing Conflicts In A Family Business

wealthymattersFor most people, conflict is uncomfortable. That can be especially true in families who’ve watched family conflict tear successful businesses to pieces:.What’s less often recognized is that too little conflict in a family business can have an equally destructive impact. The impact of both too much and too little conflict on both the family and their enterprise are almost identical. In both cases, the business can suffer from limited growth, poor decision-making, a loss of competitive advantage, and, in severe cases, the sale or split of the company. Similarly, families tend to break up into factions and suffer poor relationships. The mechanisms are different, but the results are the same.

Conflict is a “Goldilocks problem.”In the sense the earth is in what astronomers refer to as a Goldilocks Zone.Much closer to the sun and it would be too hot to sustain life, much further and it would be too cold to sustain life. Though the reasons differ, both extremes make life uninhabitable. Both ends of the spectrum are ultimately unsustainable–so the best place is in the middle. Read more of this post

Growing The Family Business The Kelkar Way

wealthymatters.comWhen the 640-crore SH Kelkar & Company (SHK) , a maker of specialty fragrance and flavour ingredients , into which US private equity giant Blackstone invested 243 crore in early September this year, inaugurated an R&D centre on September 12,its CEO performed the puja.Nothing unusual about this except that B. Ramkrishnan,the 56-year-old CEO, isn’t the owner of the family-owned unlisted business,but a professional.Kedar Vaze, the third-generation family member, in India’s largest fragrance and flavour maker, sat and watched, as the man he reports to, did the honours.

There is a clutch of Indian family owned businesses from the Daburs in the North to the Murugappa group in the South that have brought in professionals to manage their enterprises even as they step back as owners.In some cases,the next-gen family members may be being groomed to take over at the top from the professional once they are ready for the task. Read more of this post

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