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The Soul of Family Business: A Practical Guide to Family Business Success and a Loving Family

Author: Tom Hubler

Published by Lilja Press in 2018

Price: $24.95 paperback

"The Soul of Family Business" by Tom Hubler takes readers on a journey through the heart and soul of family business. Using case studies from his more than thirty-five years as a family business consultant, Hubler explores what it takes to run a successful family business, illustrating how love is the foundation and family values are the secret sauce for success. 

"The Soul of Family Business" covers topics such as the development of a shared vision for the family and for the business, tackling “speck of dust” issues, creating individual and organizational strategies to ensure a personally and financially rewarding business, and wealth preparation planning to ensure that family values continue to emphasize a family culture of gratitude, philanthropy and living purposeful lives. 

Packed with family business best practices and practical tips for everything from managing conflict to succession planning, "The Soul of Family Business" is an essential guide for family business owners and advisors alike.


"'The Soul of Family Business' is all about creating and preserving a truly healthy family in business. Unlike most family business literature, this book’s focus is not best practices but rather the heart and soul of the family in business. Conflict resolution, recovery from substance abuse and family betrayals, forgiveness, and gratitude are elegantly and practically discussed in Tom Hubler’s book.
— Ernesto J. Poza, founder of, professor emeritus at Thunderbird School of Global Management, and co-author of Family Business

"Tom Hubler has written a book that is an instant classic for family businesses of all kinds… The Soul of Family Business reflects Tom’s consulting style, one that encourages family members to speak up and be heard, to feel secure and be listened to, and to be motivated and tested in achieving goals. Your family – like ours – will be better for having benefitted from Tom Hubler’s wisdom."
— Richard Murphy, president and CEO of Murphy Warehouse Company, and fourth-generation family business owner

"'The Soul of Family Business' is a masterpiece packed with wisdom and stories from one of the pioneers of family business consulting. Business owners and consultants alike will benefit from Tom’s deep understanding of the intricacies of running a successful family business.
— Dave Wondra, president of Wondra Group LLC and past global chairman of International Coach Federation

"Drawing from the depths of his personal and professional experience, Tom Hubler guides us through the life cycles, challenges, and opportunities of family business… He does not simply visit the world of family business; with a philosopher's insight, he probes its depths."
— Paul Karofsky, founder of Transition Consulting Group, Ltd., executive director emeritus of Northeastern University's Center for Family Business, author of So You're in the Family Business: A Guide to Sustainability, and a third-generation family business owner

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