The truth is that failing to account for family dynamics in a family business is a business mistake. Just like relying on a handshake or putting all your eggs in one basket, if you do not take the proper precautions, it will ruin your business. Most business owners readily hire accountants, lawyers, finance advisors and insurance professionals to protect themselves from making business mistakes. However, while most business schools teach people the importance of hiring a lawyer, they won’t give a class about what to do when your son gets upset because you promoted his younger sibling. This problem requires a different professional: a mediator!. Addressing the personalities, egos, feelings and entitlements of family members requires expertise and preventative medicine. The shockingly large number of family business failures demonstrates that hoping people will go with the flow and get along is not enough. Family dynamics must be thought of as a problem to be solved; and the solution is a mediation professional.