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Balancing the benefits and burdens of a family-owned business

Working with family complicates the already daunting task of owning a business, and it's tough not to take work problems home with you. The best approach is to realize that family is family... and business is business.

A common-sense manual for survival that dispels myths such as the power of teamwork and gender or birth-order differences in ability, Business is Business: Reality Checks for Family-Owned Companies is engagingly written, with no-nonsense tips and real-life examples.

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About the Authors

Kathy Kolbe and Amy Bruske have succeeded by trusting their instincts.

Kathy and Amy are both award-winning consultants and advisors to over 3,000 family-owned businesses, as well as to Fortune 500 companies, and both are also sought-after speakers. As mother and daughter working together for more than two decades, Kathy and Amy have personally experienced every situation discussed in Business is Business. Neither recalls a time when she wished she were working anywhere else.

Kathy Kolbe is the global leader in discovering and accessing the power of human instincts. She's done the brain research to prove the relevance of her Kolbe Theory of Conation to individual and organizational success. Kathy was the first person to connect conative behavior to instinctive drives, which she postulated as the source of the patterns of mental energy commonly known as a person's MO.

Amy Bruske is the president of Kolbe Corp and leads seminars for business leaders throughout the world. She was recently named Business Owner of the Year by the Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).