Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth and Power Paperback – June 16, 2016
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From the Back Cover
Deconstructing Conflict draws upon nearly fifteen years of experience in which Doug Baumoel and Blair 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 underlie 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.
Praise for Deconstructing Conflict
"If you've ever been caught in the devastating undertow of family business conflict, this book offers hope and a way back to shore."
-Doug Stone, Author, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
"Doug and Blair give those of us committed tomultigenerational family enterprise a roadmap for survival."
-Lansing Crane, Sixth-generation retired Chair and CEO, Crane & Co.
"Deconstructing Conflict is an indispensable guide that outlines the perils and benefits of family business systems, and offers practical and wise advice for keeping those systems intact."
-Susan Hackley, Managing Director, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
"This is an incredibly smart and accessible... must-read for any family business, and for all families facing conflict."
-Partha Bose, Author, Alexander the Great's Art of Strategy
"Family business consultants, mediators, and family business owners will all benefit from the wealth of insight and experience captured in these pages."
-David Hoffman, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
But my #2 "love" here is a format device that might seem like something tiny and inconsequential but really is the opposite. At the end of each chapter is a short “summary” organized via succinct bullets, which seemed to hit all the best, salient points of each chapter. Though this rather common and helpful device is too often forgotten, it can also (when it is remembered) be organized ineffectively. What I liked here was the way the authors crafted their summaries in a manner that really did help me recall significant content without forcing me to also re-read long passages again, or a variation of it. The age-old saying "less is more" applies here.
In short (my own summary here!), this book provides a very comprehensive yet readable text which leaves the reader with all she/he needs in order to apply the book's principles and thereafter manage (yes "manage"!) their company's so very unnecessary (so I learned from this book) profit-killing and morale-killing day-to-day resentments, arguments, feuds, battles and outright declarations of war! This is a book that will transform not only the look but the feel of your company’s operation and everyone’s participation inside it and for the good of it.
One caveat: Don't be put off by the math. The "Conflict Equation" is a qualitative (not quantitative) measure. The authors are not asking you to plug values into the equation and "solve for x". Rather, it's best to think of the equation as a dashboard, a way to manage conflict in the family enterprise by understanding where the conflict is coming from and providing an excellent roadmap for how it can be reduced.
The book is thoughtfully written, well organized and easy to read. The formulaic approach is rather ingenious, in my mind. This is a textbook waiting to happen. It should be a part of any curriculum or course in family business, especially with an eye toward managing conflict.