Skip to Main Content

Helping Family Businesses
Prosper Across Generations®

Keeping Family in the Family Meeting

We advocate business-owning family meetings that focus on family more than business.

A recent meeting of a successful 3rd generation business family we know included these items:


  • Remembrances of Grandma-Many family members voluntarily told stories and memories and were prompted by a slide presentation of old photos.
  • Personal stories-At each meeting one member of the second generation, one from the third and one in-law share their goals, plans, accomplishments and disappointments.
  • Director's views-One of the independent directors offered his view of the changes and trends in the world.
  • Educational session-A guest from another family described what they are doing in philanthropy.

After each meeting, discussions are recorded and compiled in a binder.




Articles purchased or downloaded from Family Business Consulting Group® are designed to provide general information and are not intended to provide specific legal, accounting, tax or other professional advice. Since your individual situation may present special circumstances or complexities not addressed in this article and laws and regulations may change, you should consult your professional advisors for assistance with respect to any matter discussed in this article. Family Business Consulting Group®, its editors and contributors shall have no responsibility for any actions or inactions made in reliance upon information contained in this article. Articles are based on experience on real family businesses. However, names and other identifying characteristics may be changed to protect privacy.

The copyright on this article is held by Family Business Consulting Group®. All rights reserved.
Articles may be available for reprint with permission. To learn more about using articles for your publication, contact

8770 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Ste 1340W, Chicago, IL 60631
P: 773.604.5005 E: 

© 2019 The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

close (X)