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Emergence of the Family Council

The Business of Family
Emergence of the Family Council
By Mike Boyd • Issue #24 • View online
The family council arises when the family becomes too large to be guided directly by a full family assembly and when the complexity and number of people dictate greater coordination of family activities.
Family councils evolve in unique configurations. For example, here is an account of dual family councils in a large fourth-generation family with a large legacy business and many investments:
“We have two large branches of the family descending from two brothers. Both of those have specific family councils, and each one of those councils probably has close to thirty members from two generations. Each council provides a voice for each family member, whether that person is a shareholder or not.
The goals of the councils are to address any family concerns, priorities, and projects that might or might not be connected to the business. That’s to keep the family cohesive, communicating and enjoying each other. It’s also to impart information about the family business and how to be an effective shareholder.
Each of the family councils have their own committees that focus on governance, new ventures, asset management, family activities, and education. The purpose is to foster personal and shareholder development so that everybody’s voice, whether they are shareholders or not, is heard in the council.
Own ownership council comprises the entire shareholder group from both family councils. On top of that, we have a whole family assembly, which comprises all family members from age 16 and spouses. That integrated council is designed to provide meaning and purpose to the family and a vehicle for education and development of family members.
So the ownership council is governing and leading the family’s interest, and the integrated council is about meaning and purpose and education and development. There is also a history committee that preserves photos, video, and newspaper articles on the family. Hopefully, they’ll all be maintained well into the future.”
The above is an extract from the excellent book; Borrowed from Your Grandchildren by Dennis T. Jaffe.

Image from a thought-provoking piece on The Data of Long-lived Institutions.
Image from a thought-provoking piece on The Data of Long-lived Institutions.
Recommended Book:
Disruptive Successor: A Guide for Driving Growth in Your Family Business [Jonathan Goldhill]
This Week's Podcast Episode:
Jonathan is very candid about his experience of inheriting family wealth.
Jonathan is very candid about his experience of inheriting family wealth.
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Interesting links:
This Japanese Shop Is 1,020 Years Old. It Knows a Bit About Surviving Crises.
The Data of Long-lived Institutions — Blog of the Long Now
Billionaire Ray Dalio Set to Open Family Office in Singapore
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As a first-generation American kid who’d always wanted to escape his embarrassing blue-collar upbringing, the greatest red pill was when I finally penetrated the elite world and realized that my peers, most of whom had come from the finest of families, were utterly mediocre. /1
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Mike Boyd is the co-owner and CEO of the Vroom Group, Founder of Prosura insurance, Investor at Mudbrick Capital, Host of The Business of Family Podcast and an active member of YPO.
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