If you are considering joining the family business, do you feel that gaining experience working for another business would help or hinder you.
If your children are keen to join the business, do you think they and / or you would benefit from this experience?
This article explores the potential benefits and drawbacks.
In our experience, we have seen successful businesses where the next generation have sought experience elsewhere, but also those that haven't so there doesn't seem to be a 'right' way.
Perhaps useful rather than essential
Similarly, if a family member fails to demonstrate success in another work environment, this could indicate that they have problems with authority, collaboration, motivation or some other area that could have extremely negative consequences once they are in the family business.