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1.MONEY

  • Return on investment (distributions)
  • Compensation
  • Perks
  • Debt and risk tolerance
  • Tax avoidance
  • Company spending

2.POWER

  • Roles and responsibilities of the majority owner
  • Roles and responsibilities of minority owners
  • Decision-making authority
  • Board level decisions

3.COMMITMENT

  • Workloads of each owner
  • Sacrifices made by each owner
  • Owners' roles in the business
  • Capital calls
  • Personal guarantees

4.ETHICS

  • Personal behavior and questionable decision-making
  • Confidentiality
  • Promises to others

5.VISION

  • Growth plan
  • Diversification, acquisition, replication
  • Values and company culture
  • Succession and transition plans
  • Level of company performance
  • Long term roles

6.COMMUNICATION

  • Withholding information
  • Difficulty in talking to each other
  • Communication and management style

7.FAMILY

  • Children and spouses employed in the business
  • Children and spouses as owners