Genograms --- Sample Family Business


A genogram is a graphic chart that shows both basic and advanced aspects of the relationships between family members, both within the family, and within the organizational chart for the firm. It can be a powerful tool for gaining new understanding of the relationship of the family to the firm as well as troubled relationships within the family. A well-graphed genogram can become a roadmap to change that can lead to improved communication, organization and governance.

Basic Genogram (example): 




Advanced Genogram Components:

Additionally, an advanced genogram may graphically demonstrate key relationships, including:

  • Communication patterns and directions 
  • Special alliances
  • Favoritism patterns 
  • Exclusionary relations 
  • Conflicted relations 
  • Emotional Cut-offs 
  • Emotional Triangles 
  • Myer-Briggs Cognitive Types