Simultaneously, larger political, economic and social forces also impinge on the family culture.The social revolution that began in the 1960s, for example, changed—among other things—attitudes and expectations about the roles of men and women.In direct and subtle ways, children are molded by the family culture into which they are born.Growing up, their assumptions about what is right and wrong, good and bad, reflect the beliefs, values and traditions of the family culture.The values of entrepreneurs who have created their family’s wealth do not always inspire family members to follow in their footsteps.In some cases, they motivate them to take an opposite course.No matter that they promise themselves they will never repeat the mistakes of their own family—certain cultural attitudes and responses are so ingrained in family members that they continue to affect their thinking and behavior, whether or not those individuals are aware of such influence.
Organizational Cultures In the 1980s, management theorists and consultants popularized the concept of organizational culture.
To recognize the effects of family culture on the style and direction of a family foundation, Chapter 1 will look at four particular cultural attributes: . Values The values of the family set the basic tone for the family foundation.
They inspire the choice of mission as well as the foundation’s policies and practices.
Most take for granted their family’s ways, and they carry into adulthood numerous attitudes and behaviors acquired in childhood.
Even those who later reject all or part of the family culture often discover that they are not entirely free of their early influences.