Professor Ivan Lansberg is an organizational psychologist in New Haven, Connecticut. He is co-founder and a senior partner of Lansberg, Gersick & Associates LLC, a research and consulting firm specializing in family enterprise and family philanthropy. Ivan was a professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School of Management for seven years, and a Research Fellow at Yale’s Institute for Social and Policy Studies


One Way To See If The Future Works

Posted on October 31, 1998 by Ivan Lansberg

Moving to a new form of leadership in the next generation? You can map your way by visiting other families who are already there. Experience, a learned business leader once said, is what we have when we get what we never expected. While it can be a powerful teacher, however, experience can be a very costly path to learning… Read More

When the generational planets are misaligned

Posted on October 20, 1997 by Ivan Lansberg

Parents in their forties and children in their twenties are on a developmental collision course. Parents in their forties enter a period of life reassessment that can shake confidence in their own judgment just as their now grown children enter the family enterprise. Given this complicated dynamic, many recommend the potential successor work outside the family enterprise for a while… Read More

Family Councils: the Best Investment a Family Will Ever Make

Posted on February 17, 1997 by Ivan Lansberg

The creation of a family council is one way to restore the balance between business and family life. A successful entrepreneur once told me, “No amount of business success ever makes up for a family failure. If the family is not working right, sooner or later it will bring down your business.” Ten years ago this entrepreneur did something to… Read More

Every Family Gets the In-Laws They Deserve

Posted on October 28, 1996 by Ivan Lansberg

Owners are quick to blame in-laws for tensions, ignoring their own contribution to the problems. If they hold up their end of the relationship, accepting their share of responsibility for whatever tensions arise instead of blaming in-laws for their own emotional entanglements, they will surely have fewer in-law "problems."" … Read More

Telling Your Story to the American Public

Posted on October 22, 1996 by Ivan Lansberg

Before expecting any political help on estate taxes, family businesses have to reverse some negative images. It is the job of the owners of these companies to let the public know what they have always stood for and why the businesses they have created should continue into the future… Read More

Using the Business to Reconnect with Family

Posted on October 22, 1995 by Ivan Lansberg

Entrepreneurs in middle age may embark on misguided efforts to repair the emotional damage from the past. Building a successful and thriving business is truly a miracle. It takes extraordinary energy and endurance as well as relentless determination to succeed against formidable odds… Read More

Kids Should Feel Free to Follow Their Bliss

Posted on October 30, 1994 by Ivan Lansberg

When young people sacrifice their own ambitions in order to live out a parent's dream, the results can be destructive. The best interests of both the family and the business are served when parents heed the wise counsel of mythologist Joseph Campbell and urge their children to "Follow your bliss."… Read More