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[Although business owners commonly see paradoxes as obstacles to progress, creative problem solvers and scientists see paradoxes differently:]
[There’s a common question in the world of family business: family first or business first?]
[Stockholm-based Axel Johnson, Inc, traces its roots in the shipping and trading business all the way back to 1873. As suggested by the quote below, tradition and change is a central theme for the company.]
[Family business paradoxes emerge predictably during transitions from one generation to the next in both the family and the business.]
[Well-known management consultant Peter Drucker admired Mary Parker Follett as one of the prophets of modern business management.]
[Paradoxes have intrigued great thinkers throughout history and led to wonderful and useful insights:]
[As challenging as paradox management can be, families and businesses across the globe have found methods for understanding and addressing them successfully.]
[Once the results – and pleasure – of harnessing the power of paradox have been experienced, it can be difficult to go back to an exclusive focus on traditional problem-solving. Both/AND approaches, applied appropriately, are a compelling source of competitive advantage, and can become addictive.]
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