Family Business is Complicated

We get that. Let’s un-complicate it.

“What doesn’t get talked out, gets acted out negatively.”

Services for Family Enterprises

We are intimately acquainted with family business; the conflict, disappointment, hurt, despair, excitement, joy, and love. We know from our hearts how hard it is for families to work through business challenges when personal family issues are festering. As a family business, we have lived this and worked through it. With training in business and the positive psychology of Transactional Analysis, we are both family psychologists and business consultants rolled into one.

We facilitate family meetings

The family business holds the complexity of organizations, with the added complexity of a family system. What happens within the family, will naturally impact what happens within the business. 

Some family systems are overly oppressive, competitive or both. Families are complex and members may not be aware of how anxious they feel inside that often leads to behaviour that is oppressive or aggressive with others – even though they have positive intentions. Successful families often value a competitive mindset which may work well with external competitiveness but are not productive when the competition is between family members. This impacts the family’s capacity for caring for each other, clear thinking, and problem-solving. Family Business Services we offer help people understand individual and family conflicts and recover from the bows and arrows within a family business.

The Change Institute provides facilitation for family meetings, strategic planning, and difficult conversations. We also provide leadership training for current and potential leaders within the organization.


  • To facilitate a business transition
  • To develop a high performing leadership team
  • To develop a high performing sibling team
  • To facilitate family conversations – difficult and otherwise.

TEC Canada Peer Advisory Groups

Leaders of family businesses benefit from advisory support from their peers. At The Change Institute, we also run a TEC Canada CEO/President Peer Advisory Group. This is an opportunity for leaders to have a community of peers to engage in problem-solving and get support with strategic and personal decision-making. TEC Members also benefit from executive coaching once a month as part of the process.