In family businesses, decisions surrounding succession have the potential to create much conflict and animosity if they are not clearly outlined and understood by all. Having a management succession plan in place in the case of death, incapacity, and retirement can very well save both the business and the family. It is worth taking the time to develop one.
Family council meetings are intended to provide a communication forum to keep the broader family informed of what is going on in the business, provide the owners with a forum to promote employment and career opportunities to relatives, promote the succession guiding principles and corresponding business rules, and allow the family to connect or reconnect as a unit.
Business owners have a lot on their plate: they are constantly pulled in a million directions and are often busy putting out the proverbial fires that come with the territory. Unfortunately, this is one of the reasons most ignore or put aside succession planning.
The pirates knew what to expect if they had a disagreement—they would be pardoned once, and then they could expect to be punished or brought ashore. The key to success was the fact all pirates knew exactly how disputes would be dealt with, and the fact the rules also outlined certain unacceptable actions.
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