Carmen Bianchi Family Business Associates
A California, US-based business management consultant
A California, US-based business management consultant
Carmen Bianchi Family Business Associates was founded by Carmen Bianchi in 1995 to help family businesses with consultancy services. However, before focusing entirely on the venture, Carmen Bianchi started working as a family business consultant in 1991. The company is a leading provider of family and family-held business consulting services such as conflict resolution, entry and exit-strategy, family business governance, family councils, and family creed.
Carmen Bianchi Business Associates provides the following services:
Working in family business may sometimes be hectic because some business members may want more favors than others. Such scenarios often result in complications such as deterioration of the relationship between family members and even employees, thereby hurting the business performance. To prevent such cases, Carmen Bianchi came up with conflict resolution strategies to ensure coherence towards working in shared mission, vision, and goals.
Though the company’s resolution strategies are not that new in the market, they provide a platform to ensure that family members work for their mutual benefits. Carmen Bianchi uses a formula known as DESC, which is an acronym for “Describe, Express, Specify, and Consequences.”
Starting or selling a family business may be a difficult process for family members. They may be reluctant to sell the business to their main business rivals, employees, or even the general public. As a result, some may decide to liquidate the enterprise or run down the business. Either way, it’s not a logical decision.
To ensure that family business owners do not make such obscure decisions especially under coercion (under issues like retirement, or the need to provide a family member with equity, or a job opportunity, or merely perpetuating the business into the future), Carmen Bianchi Family provides consulting services to remedy the situation. It expresses a genuine desire to help, given its accumulated years of experience to enable family business owners to plan their entry and exit strategies.
Also, the company helps the next leader ascend into the demanding task by guiding them through solving pressing issues such as family policies, legalities and taxation, and strategic management.
When it comes to business governance – matters relating to judicious management and leadership – family business owners may face overwhelming challenges. As a result, they may fail to create specific values, sensible yet straightforward policies, and even dependable teams around their businesses. Nevertheless, Carmen Bianchi’s proposed and developed systems and programs to foster actionable governance, both at the informal level or by creating formal structures. Therefore, for results-oriented management, they help in creating an environment that harmonizes three core groups in family businesses: the family, the business, and the overall ownership group.
Family businesses often follow wrong notions about running internal affairs. They mostly solve their internal issues by either avoiding them or cautiously discussing them behind the scenes. The two instances and many others are signs of a weak stance in family business management, and it affects how family members relate to one another.
Therefore, to help in solving such matters, Carmen Bianchi created a strategic system for addressing family business management known as a Family Council. The council helps in easing the tension within a complex-today-family. It is through the council that family business owners can set organizational and strategic planning systems built around sound business values, actionable policies, and clear directions for successful management.
A Family Creed, according to Carmen Bianchi, is a map that guides the family business owners on their why’s, what’s, who’s, and how’s. It simply draws the business success story path by outlining all its mission, vision, goals, and what the family is working hard for – answering the big question, “WHY?”.
Also, from the family business point of view, it’s a source of clarity and commitment that can be used to solve lots of misunderstanding arising while running the business. And in a more precise manner, it can be used in the realignment and reference of the business affairs both in the business governance and the Family Council.
A typical family-business constitution may include the following sections:
Besides being the founder and president of Carmen Bianchi Family Business Associates, she also founded San Diego University’s EMC Business Forum. She was also the president of the Family Firm Institute from 2007 to 2009. In 2013, she chaired one of the most respectable global conference known as Global Conference of FFI. Her years of commitment and extensive experience are worth driving other family businesses to succeed.
Fischer lectures for government agencies. She counts on over 25 years experience in areas such as business valuation, financial analysis and planning and strategic management. Her resourcefulness in helping family business succeed is a major asset to Carmen Bianchi Family Business Associates.
In the field of financial management, Derezin is an expert with over 20 years of experience. As a senior associate in Carmen Bianchi Family Business Associates, he provides outstanding consulting services related to litigation and financial advisory.
Roux steers the wheel towards strategic wealth management. His more than three decades of experience provides him with the skills and expertise to help other family businesses move in the right direction. He works with families and family offices globally.
When it comes to litigation issues across matters relating to financial institutions, family businesses, and family offices, Kling is the person to consult. With her over 25 years in and out of judicial courts, she is an asset towards solving litigations dilemmas facing many family businesses today.
In the world of McCutcheon, family business should formulate strategies that translate into tangible performance. Therefore, with his over 25 years’ experience in planning, business consulting, business coaching, leadership, and organizational development, family business owners have no reason for getting less. Instead, with his knowledge and skills, he guides family businesses get measurable results and more for less.
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