Thought Leadership in Family Business Systems

Helping Family Stakeholders Move Forward Together

BOOK: Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth and Power

by Doug Baumoel and Blair Trippe

Deconstructing Conflict looks at family business conflict, or conflict over shared wealth, as one example of a broader category of conflict: identity-based, systemic conflict among stakeholders who share important continuing relationships.

This new work draws upon nearly fifteen years of experience in which Baumoel and 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 underline 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.

With a Foreword by Tim Phillips – CEO and Co-Founder, Beyond Conflict.

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BOOK: Mom Always Liked You Best – A Guide to Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles and Eldercare Crises

Co-Authored with Continuity colleagues Blair Trippe, Rikk Larsen and Arline Kardasis

Mom ALways Liked You BestMom Always Liked You Best – A Guide to Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles and Eldercare Crises is a practical guide for the millions of Americans currently struggling with adult family conflict. It is designed to give you the information and tools you need right now to achieve those mutual agreements that seem so elusive.

The authors have helped many such families who are in conflict around elder transitions and associated issues. They are “thought leaders” in the field of elder mediation and also bring decades of experience in the areas of education, finance, healthcare, social work, and estate settlement, as well as their own family experiences. By reading this step-by-step guide and practicing the techniques that they lay out for you, you will learn skills used by professionals. You will learn tools to help you stop having those circular arguments that go on interminably and get you nowhere.

Easy-to-read and filled with engaging examples, this guide can help you think like a mediator in order to become a better decision-maker, a more mindful negotiator, and a more effective communicator. It can help you to lead your own family members toward consensus around some of the most important decisions you will ever face together.

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PAPER: In Practice/Beyond the Thomas-Kilmann Model: Into Extreme Conflict

Negotiation Journal (Harvard University) | by Doug Baumoel and Blair Trippe
Vol. 31, No. 2

In Practice/Beyond the Thomas-Kilmann Model: Into Extreme ConflictIn Practice/Beyond the Thomas-Kilmann Model: Into Extreme Conflict

This article outlines the Baumoel-Trippe extension to the Thomas-Kilmann model and addresses the full range of family relationships involved in identity-based conflicts within family business.

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Hear what Doug and Blair have to say about Deconstructing Conflict… in their own words.

Continuity Founding Partner Doug Baumoel discusses The Conflict Equation and why a mathematical tool is so effective in managing behavioral issues.

Continuity Managing Partner Blair Trippe outlines how enterprising families will benefit from reading and understanding the material in Deconstructing Conflict.

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