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Let's Talk Family Enterprise

Jan 12, 2021


Welcome to Let’s Talk Family Enterprise, a podcast that explores the ideas, concepts and models that best serve Family Enterprise Advisors (FEAs) in supporting their clients.


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Ruth Steverlynck sits down with author and advisor to business families, Melissa Mitchell-Blitch, to discuss her recently released book, In the Company of Family: How To Thrive When Business is Personal.


Guest bio

Melissa is a former CPA and financial advisor who left the field of finance in 2003 to focus on the psychology of business and wealth. She has a Master’s in Accounting and a Master’s in Psychology. Melissa is a Certified Professional Coach, a GiANT Master Coach and a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner.


You can find out more about Melissa Mitchell-Blitch here.


Key Takeaways

[0:27] Ruth welcomes Melissa to the podcast and asks her to talk a little bit about what led her to pivot from finance to psychology.


[4:34] Melissa touches on some tools of psychology that quantitative advisors can add to their skillset to better serve their clients — helping clients check the limits of their own responsibility and ability.


[8:46] Melissa talks about the misconceptions surrounding the balance between good family relationships and successful business and wealth.


[11:30] Melissa touches on ways that advisors can help find the balance between good family relationships and success.


[14:06] Ruth offers a short synopsis of the discussion so far and opens up the discussion on how to use “the three R’s” to navigate family and business relationships.


[17:05] Melissa then introduces and talks about seeking a balance between “the three F’s.” Ruth and Melissa segue into how help is helpful until it’s not. Melissa offers an example.


[21:09] Melissa explains the difference between hurt and harm, and how advisors can help families avoid long-term damage with well-positioned questions.


[26:03] What if hurt or harm has already been caused? Melissa talks about the transformative power of an “apology session” and shares a powerful example.


[31:35] Melissa offers her advice to other advisors as well as a reading recommendation.


[34:20] Ruth thanks Melissa for coming onto the podcast to share so much of her experience and invites listeners to subscribe to the podcast.


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Mentioned in this episode

Let’s Talk Family Enterprise podcast is brought to you by Family Enterprise Xchange.


Book: In the Company of Family: How to Thrive When Business Is Personal, by Melissa Mitchell-Blitch


Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life, by Henry Cloud and John Townsend


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