The RSJ Thought Center

Crossing the Line: When a Family Member Becomes an Employee

Posted by Tony A. Rose on Mar 16, 2016 3:33:14 PM

One of the great benefits of owning a business is the ability that you have to change the lives of your friends and your family members by giving them jobs when the opportunity arises. After all, what businessman doesn’t want his daughter or his son to take over the family business?

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Topics: Tony Rose, Estate planning, hiring family members, family business, families of wealth, wealth transition,

Intelligence Versus “Stupidity,” and Why There Is No Such Thing

Posted by Tony A. Rose on Dec 10, 2015 12:58:07 PM

As a culture, we primarily recognize people with verbal, linguistic, logical, and mathematical intelligences. Scholastic aptitude tests and IQ tests look only at these traditional intelligences. We say that people who have musical skills are talented. We degrade manual laborers, as though their bodily and kinesthetic intelligences are less important than the intelligences of those who do well on standardized tests. A charming person who is good with people might, in fact, be an interpersonal genius with as much importance as a professor of fine literature. 

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Topics: Tony Rose, Intellectual capital in estate planning, Estate planning, #wealth

Structural Capital: The Glue Holding Your Family Together

Posted by Tony A. Rose on Nov 18, 2015 11:55:23 AM

Structural capital is defined by how your family shares its knowledge and communicates with each other (and with the outside world as a whole) through unique processes. It includes processes for:

  • Transferring knowledge to one another.
  • Identifying each other’s values, intelligences, and striving instincts.
  • Strengthening its relationships with each other.
  • Building relationships with the outside world.
  • Allocating resources to different family members.
  • Planning wealth transitions through estate planning mechanisms.
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Topics: Tony Rose, Values-based wealth transition, Estate planning, #accounting, #wealth


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