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The Success Playbook for Next Gen Family Business Leaders

You may know that family businesses drive most of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and job creation in every country.


Family businesses are the social fabric of every community, throughout history, in every corner of the world. Sadly, too many family business leaders don’t know how to transfer their financial and capital assets. 

The largest wealth transfer in human history is happening right now and many leaders are confused. 

Both current and next gen leaders need clarity and this Success Playbook is the tool to get you there.

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About the Author

Doug Gray, Ph.D.

Doug Gray, Ph.D. is a consultant and champion for Next Gen Leaders who specializes in leadership development, succession planning and building family unity in enterprising families. He assists family-owned firms and leadership teams with assessments and strategic solutions that leverage his expertise in positive psychology, outcome-based consulting, executive coaching, conflict resolution, family meeting facilitation and succession planning. Doug particularly enjoys developing collaborative relationships between generations of leaders so that those inside and outside the family can perpetuate the processes and systems required for continued growth. As an author and expert presenter, Doug often coaches newly promoted family business leaders on executive presence, communication skills and conflict resolution.

Doug’s personal history of family-owned businesses includes farmers and agri-business in Minnesota and South Dakota, electricians in Virginia, and consultants. Since 1997, Doug has worked with thousands of clients in multiple business sectors including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, finance, energy, safety, technology and insurance. His family business clients represent a wide variety of business sectors.

He has presented at international conferences and regularly leads seminars and workshops on Objectives and Key Results, positive psychology, leadership development, managing relationships, and preventing conflict in business and asset owning families. Since 1997 Doug has been a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation.

Doug has published articles in academic and business publications and written two books. He has served as an adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Owen School of Business, Belmont University, and he co-founded and led the Leadership Development Institute at the University of Maryland at College Park for seven years.