Family Office Typology

In my day-to-day business the term “family office” is frequently used but when the conversation goes a little deeper I regularly find that my counterparts have little or no understanding as to what it actually means. Apart from the notion that all family offices are ultra conservative investors and shy away from any risk (and opportunity), the only other common denominator is the involvement of a family.

So, what actually is a family office and are they all the same or, if not, how are they different? Read more

8 Key Steps To Your Family Social Responsibility Programme

This post was inspired by a blog post I read on corporate social responsibility for small businesses. The article is based on the premise that most small businesses do not have a formal social responsibility programme and that there is a perception that it is quite cumbersome and tedious to set one up.  Read more

Who Are My Family Members?

One of the questions that comes to mind when setting up family governance structures is whom to include in such a structure. In other words: who are the members to be governed? Read more

Family Business Advice

What Even is a Family Business?

What Even is a Family Business? Although often talked about and mentioned, little thought is given to what a familiy business actually is.

Janzen & Co. Real Estate Office

Are you Home Biased in Your Investment Approach?

I recently read an article by Kim Iskyan on Truewealth Publishing that was titled “Investing solely in your home country is like juggling live dynamite”. The article is geared towards publicly traded investments but got me thinking about its applicability towards property investment.

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Home Staging for Investment Properties

(aka Property Presentation)

While home staging is a well established discipline for the sale of homes and houses, it is not so much established for the investment property sector. Read more

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Top 5 Mistakes Handing Over Real Estate Assets To The Next Generation

In my experience, spanning over 20 years of working in the property investment industry, I have observed recurring problems in the process of handing over real estate assets to the next generation. The list of the top 5 mistakes identified are as follows: Read more

Top 5 Make Or Break Points For Successful Philanthropy

Without having any claim to completeness, I have found a number of things to be important to the success of philanthropic activities. This list of key points resembles a list that could be drawn up for any business venture and that is one of the key conclusions I have come to: treat your philanthropic activities as you would treat a business venture!

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Family Governance System

Extended Family Business System

The Four Dimensions to Consider in Family Governance and Succession

Substantial writing has been done about the three dimensions “Family”, “Business” and “Ownership” when setting up a family governance structure.

However, the prevailing Three-Circle Model of the Family Business System as developed at Harvard Business School by Renato Tagiuri and John Davis in the 1970s is not entirely complete. Read more

Just a little respect goes a long way

Just A Little Respect and Dignity

Christmas is that time of the year when people start to think about giving, caring and being nice while at the same time everybody seems to be stressed out in the run-up to Christmas.

This morning, I had a little moment that really moved me. Read more

Horse Guard

We Are All Stewards

Continuing on from my last blogpost, I want to expand on the responsibility theme.

As outlined in the previous blogpost, I strongly believe it is crucial to give your wealth a purpose and a meaning, I also touched on the responsibility that comes along with controlling wealth.

This responsibility can best be understood if you look at yourself as a steward who takes care of the wealth on behalf of others, such as future generations. It becomes even more plastic when you look at our responsibility as humankind to take care of the planet we live on. Read more

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What Does It All Mean?

Let us assume you have run a successful business for a number of years or have come into an inheritance and enjoy a significant level of wealth at your disposal. You can afford a good lifestyle and have accumulated all the properties, cars, boats and jets that you can possibly enjoy.

If you do not have direct successors in place to take over or you think they are not worthy of your wealth or you think your wealth will spoil them, you may start asking yourself some serious questions. At some point, you are likely to come up against the question that keeps nagging in the back of your mind: “What does it all mean?”.

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