Through work with former clients, Dr. Klein co-founded Family Business Anonymous...a monthly, Zoom-based (no fee) meeting that allows participants to anonymously hear from others who are joining, working in, or considering leaving, their family business. FBA also hosts a website for the same purpose - to read, and share, stories related to working in family business.
Unlike talking to, or hearing from, family business consultants and consulting groups, this non-profit is dedicated to free and completely anonymous participation in service of those who find themselves stuck, uncertain, or just unsatisfied.
Through comprehensive discovery, action planning, and coaching, 1-on-1 advising assists in moving individuals forward towards creating and meeting both short- and long-term professional and personal goals. Tools that measure work-related personality traits, career interests, motivators, and social and emotional style are utilized to determine "best fit" job roles, paths, and organizational climates.
Easy-to-use assessments that help members better understand how they are each "wired" can enhance cohesion and collaboration while helping to manage (or avoid) conflict in the workplace.. Objective assessments provide new ways for thinking about who family members are, and what makes each family business unique. These tools are completed individually prior to a group workshop and debrief. Participants receive their own in-depth profile as well as a group personality wheel.
"Maybe the more important piece is in subjecting yourself to difficulty and watching yourself become stronger and more capable while in pursuit of something you consider worthwhile." November, 2021
"Emotionally, I'm in a better place than I can remember being in the last 5 or so years. It almost feels strange waking up every morning without feeling the dread I used to feel every single day while I was working in (my family's business). It's not an exaggeration. I felt that way. Every. Single. Day. And, since I started this new position, I haven't had a feeling remotely close to that. It feels remarkable. I'm not saying that I've found my 'life's calling' but I'm significantly less melancholic than I was before. Your work matters and it makes a difference in people’s lives. It has in mine. " September, 2021
The work with you ultimately allowed me to give myself permission to want something else in life. I really felt crazy as I considered leaving the family business again, but after our work I felt seen and not alone. So thank you for being a part of my journey! I appreciate all you do. " January, 2022
"As someone who has navigated an exit from a family business, I can say this book offers a wonderful overview of the symptoms, causes, and fixes for an issue that surprisingly gets little coverage in the business world. It certainly helped me diagnose the problems I was experiencing and steered me toward an effective way of working through them."
Familybusiness.org recently published Dr. Klein's article on the difference between thriving and being trapped in a family business.
As a guest on various family business podcasts, Dr. Klein shares stories and insights about family business careers, dynamics, and challenges