David C. Bentall is a passionate and acclaimed writer. His most recent book, Leaving a Legacy, offers a refreshingly candid look at what can go tragically wrong in a family enterprise. You’ll learn how to avoid pitfalls and disappointments based on the Bentall family’s experience as well as the experiences of two dozen other business families.

Leaving a Legacy: is an excellent guidebook and a resource designed to help families in business learn how to integrate family and business effectively.

David’s first book, The Company You Keep: The Transforming Power of Male Friendship, explores the potential for great friendships and earned two awards from the Canadian Word Guild Awards.

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Your Idols Influence Who You Become

Your Idols Influence Who You Become

Image Credit: UnsplashWithout realizing it at the time, my brother was my first role model.  Chuck is 12 years older than me, and as a boy I always looked up to him (and not just because he was a lot taller than me). He was cool and drove a convertible Austin Heely...

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How To Ensure Your Kids Hate Each Other

How To Ensure Your Kids Hate Each Other

UNEQUAL TREATMENT REGARDING MONEY: Parents may elect to favor one child over another (sometimes unconsciously), but if they do, they need to be ready to deal with the consequences of their actions. One of the best ways to ensure that children become bitter and...

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Be Patient! Listen Up! Speak Up!

Be Patient! Listen Up! Speak Up!

I come from a family with a successful track record of business achievements that span most of the last century. My grandfather, Charles, and my father, Clark both built an enviable record in construction and real estate. Today, over 1,000 people working across North...

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Being As Good As Dad is Not Good Enough

Being As Good As Dad is Not Good Enough

In a recent team teaching workshop for professional directors, we spent some of our time discussing the challenges that would-be successors in family businesses face today. We talked about how heirs to the leadership mantel in a family business often have a hard time...

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