Continuity offers original content on a range of essential topics for family enterprises. See the list below for currently available products and resources.
BOOKS & PAPERS
Deconstructing Conflict looks at family business conflict, or conflict over shared wealth, as one example of a broader category of conflict: identity-based, systemic conflict among stakeholders who share important continuing relationships.
This new work draws upon nearly fifteen years of experience in which Baumoel and Trippe have helped scores of enterprising families navigate the challenges of owning and managing together as family.
Based upon their groundbreaking methodology known as “The Conflict Equation,” the book presents five foundational concepts to help readers deconstruct conflict into its component parts. It will help you understand the reasons that underline all conflict, what triggers active conflict, and why conflict can be so extreme and intractable in family business systems.
This book will arm family business stakeholders and their advisors with the most cutting-edge thinking for achieving generational success in family enterprise.
With a Foreword by Tim Phillips – CEO and Co-Founder, Beyond Conflict.
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Hear what Doug and Blair have to say about Deconstructing Conflict… in their own words.
Continuity Founding Partner Doug Baumoel discusses The Conflict Equation and why a mathematical tool is so effective in managing behavioral issues.
Continuity Managing Partner Blair Trippe outlines how enterprising families will benefit from reading and understanding the material in Deconstructing Conflict.
Mom Always Liked You Best – A Guide to Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles and Eldercare Crises is a practical guide for the millions of Americans currently struggling with adult family conflict. It is designed to give you the information and tools you need right now to achieve those mutual agreements that seem so elusive.
The authors have helped many such families who are in conflict around elder transitions and associated issues. They are “thought leaders” in the field of elder mediation and also bring decades of experience in the areas of education, finance, healthcare, social work, and estate settlement, as well as their own family experiences. By reading this step-by-step guide and practicing the techniques that they lay out for you, you will learn skills used by professionals. You will learn tools to help you stop having those circular arguments that go on interminably and get you nowhere.
Easy-to-read and filled with engaging examples, this guide can help you think like a mediator in order to become a better decision-maker, a more mindful negotiator, and a more effective communicator. It can help you to lead your own family members toward consensus around some of the most important decisions you will ever face together.
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This article outlines the Baumoel-Trippe extension to the Thomas-Kilmann model and addresses the full range of family relationships involved in identity-based conflicts within family business.
ARTICLES, CASE STUDIES, PRINT
- “Building generations of business success and family strength “
- “The Five Paths to Effective Family Business Governance”
- Private Company Director magazine | March 2016
- “Why Clients Really Call”
- The Practitioner, The Family Firm Institute Journal | April 22, 2015
- Case Study: “Developing an Independent Family Business Board”
- Private Company Director magazine | March 2015
- “Are ‘Best Practices’ the best practice for your family business?”
- Family Business magazine | Fall 2014
- “Mediation’s Limits in Conflicts Arising in Family Business”
- Family Business magazine | July-August 2014
- “Getting a Grip on Conflict”
- Family Business magazine | Winter 2012
- “Managing Sibling Wealth Disparity”
- Family Business magazine | July-August 2012
- “Developing the Next Generation Entrepreneur”
- Massachusetts Family Business magazine | Winter 2011
- “Effective governance for a family enterprise”
- Financier Worldwide magazine | May 2007