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Family Business Case Studies

Business case studies for success to assist in the running of a family business.

The Finger On Communication

by IIDM

Jo Curkpatrick initially got started in agricultural research. “I was working with fantastic people, very clever and doing great science, but I found they weren't telling their stories, about the results they were getting, the work they were doing, or the science behind it. I decided to start writing their stories and it led to a move into the media and then later into corporate communications and consultancy.”

Covering All The Bases

by IIDM

When it comes to experience in the insurance industry, Tracey Miller from TLM Insurance has this in spades. With 37 years in the insurance game her belief for success comes from her passion. “You need to have passion to last this long in this industry and a real desire to help people and protect what is important to them.”

Breaking The Glass Ceiling

By IIDM

Early on in her career Jeanette Larsen found limitations in the corporate world preventing her from being able to break through the barriers to step into higher leadership roles.

Creating Big Dreams

By IIDM

When it comes to his career, Matthew Thomas was destined to be building luxury homes. His father, grandfather and great grandfather were builders and in total there are 11 generations of builders in the family. Matt started his career on-site as a young adult - building homes was all he knew. Despite knowing that the industry would be a challenge, it was something he wanted to explore.

Right Foot Forward

By CEO Online

A 161-year-old Australian footwear maker - Baxter Footwear - shares their experiences to thriving despite the high dollar and almost zero tariff protection. And it has survived the challenges of succession and is being run by the fourth generation of the same family.

Soft Touch

By CEO Online

When an entrepreneur's daughters took control of his business, fear of failure was a great motivator. But deciding who did what was the hard part.

Recipe For Success

By CEO Online

When a small-town family bakery grew into a national food giant, everyone’s roles - from the CEO down - had to change and grow. That was hard.

Making The Family Trade Pay

By CEO Online

Many family businesses fail at the second generation. But Hardings Hardware has made itself into an award-winner.

Everybody's Taking Care of Business

By CEO Online

If staff are given real responsibilities, they start to feel responsible for the success of the business too.

Performance Counts In Family Businesses Too

By CEO Online

Family businesses shouldn't be sheltered workshops for family members. Donelly Group chairman Bruce Donelly explains how to keep up performance standards.

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