Safe Space: Governance in Action
Francesco Lombardo believes that fundamentally, we all want to feel safe—within ourselves, with our families and in our relationships with others, our environment and, ultimately, with our wealth. Safe Space: Governance in Action, is a thought-provoking perspective on how vital it is to create Safe Space for each individual within the dynamic arena of a “family of wealth.”
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Feeling safe is a prerequisite to good and fair behaviour, good and fair decisions, and good and fair management and leadership and, ultimately, good and fair governance. It is also the best way to safeguard your financial wealth and facilitate succession planning, wealth transition, wealth development continuity, and the responsible further development of leadership, management, and governance competencies in members of the next generation.
With Safe Space: Governance in Action, Lombardo points a spotlight on the all-too-often overlooked issue of individual behavioural risk and shows how it can so easily undermine both the Human and Social Capital components of Family Wealth to such a degree that it represents the greatest area of weakness and unmanaged risk in any family office or business enterprise.
To ignore your own Human and Social Capital is to place your Financial Capital at significant risk. This book may well prove to be your greatest risk management asset in the service of maintaining your family’s legacy, not just for the next generation but in perpetuity.
“Franco has discovered that traditional governance structures in family businesses often fail because of the poor behavior of individuals in the organization. This book is a valuable guide for understanding the importance of individual governance and provides tools for improving mindfulness over our own behavior.”
-Mike Mitchell – Executive Director, The High Center, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA
“What I found so powerful in this book was its emphasis on the impact of individual behaviour within a family system or business. Franco uses well-chosen family cases and his own, sometimes difficult, personal experience to provide the reader with many new ideas on how we can change our default responses and contribute more positively within our families.”
-Ian Partridge – Chairman, Loedstar S.A., Geneva, Switzerland
“In this, his latest book, Franco brings it all together, summing up what he has written about in his four previous books and emphasizing the importance of Safe Space. He encourages us to be curious of our actions, ask why, and dig a little deeper. He ends every chapter with questions and has quotes throughout that encourage self-reflection.
If you are in true search of your own Safe Space, Franco masterfully provides all the tools to find it. Through his candid stories and openness in sharing some of his own lessons learned, his words becomes the inner voice to help every reader find their Safe Space. Don’t we all want to feel safe enough to remove our masks and allow others to see and hear us as we really are—our most authentic selves?”
-Danielle Saputo – President, Danuto Holdings, Peterborough, ON