It’s an expression used throughout much of the English-speaking world to describe the tendency for people to compare themselves, their wealth, and their social statuses with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. The roots of the saying may go back to the excesses of the Gilded Age as chronicled by the famed writer, Edith Wharton. Wharton knew what she was talking about.
When it comes to managing a successful family business, the head of the family is often reluctant to share control and involve other family members in the process. Perhaps it’s a matter of pride, control, or a combination of factors, but the scenario is common among modern day family business owners.
June 29, 2021—For many family business owners, the company they developed and grew over the years has shaped their identities, given them purpose, and may have been the catalyst for keeping their families together. Following the sale of a family business, some may feel a sense of loss and perhaps even regret, unsure about what to do next.