Most corporate dynasties fail to make it to a second generation, making these Canadian firms thriving under the leadership of the founder’s grandkids (and great-grandkids!) truly remarkable
Izzy Asper never wanted his children to work at Canwest Global Communications, the now defunct media empire he founded. His drive and hunger for acquisitions turned Canwest into one of the most powerful firms in Canada and, for a time, earned the Aspers a spot on the Rich 100. He wanted his kids to succeed elsewhere, however.
“They were all practising lawyers and were doing very nicely on their own. It was they who got this dynastic glaze in their eyes—which I generally discouraged,” he told journalist Peter C. Newman. “I don’t believe in dynasties.” But his daughter, Gail, “slipped through the net” to become general counsel at Canwest, and brothers David and Leonard followed. It was under Leonard’s stewardship that Canwest filed for bankruptcy in 2009. Read more
The contract is signed. The cheque is cashed. Your business has been sold or you’ve been given a golden handshake. Now what?
It’s a question many former company owners have a tough time answering. Whether you’re looking to sail around the world, start a new enterprise, or spend time with your family, you must now figure out what to do with your money—and with your life.
Here are 13 things business owners should do after leaving.
Shifting gears in a rush increases the likelihood of missteps, financial and otherwise. Take some time to reflect on what’s happened, and what’s to come. You don’t need to accomplish everything at once.
- Define your goals
Do you want to spend time with family? Travel? Get involved in a charity or a community cause? Start a new business? Write it down.
If you are an owner in a family enterprise, you may not be aware that the chances of your business transitioning successfully to the next generation are not very good. This has not changed over the years. Statistics show a failure rate of 67% of businesses succeeding into the second generation and 90% by the time they reach the third. With 80% to 90% of all enterprises in North America being family owned, it is important to address the reasons why transition is difficult.
Family enterprises are often put at risk by the dynamics of the business family. In fact, it has been estimated that 65% of families have not had any meaningful discussion about the succession of their business. It is no wonder the statistics on inter-generational business succession are so dismal. Read more