Summer 2022

There isn’t a magic recipe that guarantees the preservation of your family relationships and the perpetuation of your business. However, there are five key items that will enhance the likelihood of family business continuity. Find out what they are here.


May 24, 2022

For many agribusiness owners, there comes a time when they must prepare for generational succession. Ultimately, success in succession planning is achieved when family relationships are maintained and there is business continuity across generations. Learn more about the keys to preserving families and perpetuating farms and ranches here.

Work life balance

December 16, 2021

For people who are both parents and business owners, maintaining a work-life balance can be a complicated challenge. Take a minute out of your day to consider these four guidelines for leading a more balanced life. Give it a try here.

December 1, 2021

What are the three C’s of succession planning? Dave Specht explains the importance of the three C’s for achieving a successful family business transition. Read more here.

Peter S. & Elizabeth Sealey

October 14, 2021

Drucker School alumnus Peter S. Sealey and his wife Elizabeth donate $1 Million to the Drucker School’s Global Family Business Institute. Their gift will establish the annual Dr. Peter S. Sealey, PhD Award in Family Business to recognize the exemplary contributions to business or society by a family business or a family business leader. Learn more here.

David Specht

May 5, 2021

David Specht is the next director of the Drucker School Global Family Business Institute. Specht previously developed the Family Dynamics offering at Wells Fargo Private Bank; founded a consulting firm for multi-generational family companies; and served on the faculty at the University of Nebraska, where he established their family business program. Read more here.


Distraction-Proof Advisor Podcast

February 17, 2022

The Distraction-Proof Advisor Podcast

Listen to an enlightening conversation with Dave Specht and host Paul Kingsman about the key considerations that advisors need to be aware of when working with family business owners.

Family Business Today

January 24, 2022

Family Business Today Podcast

In this episode hosted by Greg Lewis, Dave Specht offers guidelines for preserving families and perpetuating family businesses when planning for the rising generation.

The Farm CPA Podcast

November 16, 2021

The Farm CPA Podcast

Dave Specht explains to host Paul Neiffer about what successful transitions from one generation to the next require.

The Business of Family Podcast

November 14, 2021

The Business of Family Podcast

Dave Specht and host Mike Boyd have an insightful conversation about preserving families and perpetuating businesses.

Impact Farming Podcast

October 22, 2021

Impact Farming Podcast

Dave Specht and host Tracy Brunet discuss various aspects of farm boss leadership such as: self-management; leadership development and its effects on mental health, families, and the farm; and leadership presence.

Living the Country Life Radio

September 15, 2021

Living the Country Life Radio

Dave Specht and host Jodi Henke talk about generational succession planning for families who pass down the farm from generation to generation.

Disruptive Successor Podcast

June 1, 2021

Disruptive Successor Podcast

Dave Specht sits down with host Jonathan Goldhill to talk about succession planning and the next generation.

Enterprising Families Podcast

December 28, 2020

Enterprising Families Podcast

Tsitsi Mutendi (host and Family Governance Expert and Nhaka Legacy Lead Consultant) and Dave Specht talk about the importance of matriarchs in the family business.


Our online newsletter includes information on family business trends, articles, resources, institute member highlights, events, and how to support the institute. Links to published online newsletters are below.

Faculty Research

Five Sisters and Two Executors: A Case Study.” FFI Practitioner. January 19, 2021.


View our Managing the Family Business series, where we ask family business leaders questions about their experience in and takeaways from working in the family business.

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