High net worth individuals (HNWIs) see family businesses as a good match for them according to the results from our recent KPMG Family Business Global Survey. Nearly half say that they have invested in at least one family business, often in a personal capacity. Encouragingly, the vast majority say their experience of doing so was positive.
Leonard Forestier from Petit Forestier group talks about the passion for the business.
There is no happiness in life without human connections. And that’s not just one person’s opinion speaking – that’s 75 years of research into adult development by the Harvard Grant Study speaking. One of the directors of the study, George Valiant, reports that the findings of the decades-long study is that warm and intimate relationships are the most prevalent indicator of contentment with life. Other factors such as work enjoyment, health and a good income are also strong indicators of happiness, but none are as significant as close human relationships.
As much as 62% of family businesses in Australia are currently seeking external finance, according to respondents in this year’s KPMG Family Business Global Survey. This means opportunities are very much open for family business owners to connect with high net worth individuals (HNWIs). Just as importantly, more than half of those surveyed said they have already obtained direct financing from HNWIs, and some positive experiences of the same were reported.
Senior executives can have a tough time achieving a happy and sustainable balance between their heavy work duties and their personal lives, so much so that many have come to think of such a balance is a chimera. Yet there are those who manage it reasonably well.
So you’d really like to keep the business in the family, but are wondering how to enlist the next generation? At what age? Transmitting what message? One of the challenges that leaders of family businesses face is: “how do I encourage the next generation to become involved in the business and yet let them choose the career that corresponds to their dreams and abilities?”
Does childhood socialisation impact one’s entrepreneurial intentions? Let’s discuss… Entrepreneurs can often expect a lower income than their corporate counterparts. Since therefore entrepreneurship is not an obvious economic choice, there must be other, non-pecuniary motivators at play for those who choose to follow this route.
A large minority of family businesses have, at some point in their business, made use of investments from high net worth individuals (HNWI) and other family business investment pools. According to our recent Family Business Global Survey, some 42% of family businesses have previously received direct investment from these sources.
Mortality is a given faced by everyone, but how each of us deal with that knowledge and possible attendant anxiety can be very different. In terms of business – family-owned or otherwise – it is important that this fact be dealt with in a healthy, direct and timeous manner.
Passion and vision are two characteristics that make a good leader, but when not tempered by humility, any vision a leader has will ultimately fail at the hands of those feeling they are being pushed along a path they either don’t agree with, or aren’t comfortable with yet.
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