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Transitioning from the Top

Personal Continuity Planning for the Retiring Family Business Leader


  • Addresses an under-considered piece of the continuity-planning puzzle that is such a challenge in the context of family owned businesses

  • Shares a number of case examples and stories to provide hope and ideas for a post-leadership future for CEOs

  • Frames ideas and strategies for needed personal reflection in a way that is approachable and relevant to hard-driving business leaders

  • Provides tools to help readers see and address gaps in personal readiness for retirement


Part of the A Family Business Publication book series (AFBP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Stephanie Brun de Pontet
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  3. Stephanie Brun de Pontet
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 155-198

About this book


How can you move most effectively from the pinnacle of business and leadership success into "post-work" life that energizes you, and leverages your experience and your interests?

This book draws on the experience of several past CEOs to address the important topic of ‘personal continuity’ for family business leaders transitioning from the day-to-day leadership of their enterprise.

Making this transition remains challenging for most leaders.  Lack of clarity or options for meaningful post-CEO roles is a major factor in succession struggles, resulting in wide-reaching consequences for all stakeholders in the enterprise.  Here, family business consultant Brun de Pontet takes an in-depth look at the dynamics and challenges for leaders in transition and the systems around them, to deliver insights on sources of difficulty and tips and tools for effective planning.
The book draws extensively on the experiences o
f more than a dozen former family business leader interviewees. These highly driven and accomplished business leaders share stories and lessons from their own personal continuity journey as they transitioned from the top of their companies.  Combining these real examples with knowledge from years of consulting and research, Brun de Pontet helps leaders broaden their sense of self as they look forward to a rich, purpose-filled next chapter in life.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc.ChicagoUSA

About the authors

Stephanie Brun de Pontet is a senior consultant of The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc., specializing in advising family enterprises facing important transitions.  She has extensive experience working with transitioning leaders, developing emerging generation teams, and educating next generation family members.

A recognized expert on the topic of succession, Stephanie frequently collaborates with clients on key aspects of this process, such as establishing succession plans, drafting needed policies and governance structures, coaching transitioning leaders, and building a framework for next-generation collaborations.  Her work is driven by knowledge and experience from the fields of management, entrepreneurship, and psychology.

In addition to her consulting work, Stephanie co-authored Building a Successful Business Board and Siblings and the Family Business.  She is also actively involved as a member of the leadership team of a growing renewable energy business and serves on the Board of Kate’s Club, an Atlanta non-profit whose mission is to empower children and teens after the death of a parent or a sibling.

Bibliographic information

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“de Pontet has compiled an extremely worthwhile book for individuals contemplating, approaching, or in the early months of retirement. … this book will be a valuable resource for any undergraduate course in human resources, small business management, or family business leadership.” (M. J. Safferstone, Choice, Vol 55 (12), August, 2018)