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Know the Ropes for Successful Family Meetings

According to Steve McClure, a member of the Family Business Consulting Group, the secret to successful family meetings are achieved by “knowing the ropes.” Dr. McClure explains the “Ropes” as follows:

R We will all show respect for one another, displaying the same courtesy we show to our customers.

O We will be open about our ideas and opinions and will be open to those of others.

P Everything said in the meeting will be kept private unless all agree to do otherwise.

E No topic will be discussed unless everyone agrees to do so.

S We will support one another, meaning no one leaves feeling victimized, picked on, etc.




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