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Family Members Working in the Business

Dear Coach Pete: Our business is growing and as a result I hired my wife, two sons and a daughter-in-law about two years ago. What can I do to reduce the interpersonal tension? It’s causing a lot of problems in our once loving family.—Fred

Dear Fred: This is a challenge shared by many family-owned businesses in varying degrees. If it isn’t nipped in the bud it could cause serious consequence.

A family business can be the most rewarding and enjoyable way to express your talents and create wealth or it can be a nightmare. Here are a some suggestions, keeping in mind that the business and family relationships should be kept separate as much as possible:

  • Get a vision in your mind of how well you are all communicating and handling business decisions when you and your family members are in harmony and synergy with each other.
  • Start creating an environment and process that foster open and proper communication with each other.
  • A good way to start this process is by having a business family meeting for the purpose of brainstorming ideas and solutions. Have a specific agenda, keep it up beat, engage everyone to participate and write down every suggestion without judging them. Occasionally include some of you own to keep the flow going.

Include on your agenda questions such as-Would it be helpful to keep our business and family relationships separate? If so, what could we do to create a process to effectively communicate and make decisions without affecting our family life? How can we be a family and business associates handling the challenges, stress, accomplishments and successes while still growing the love and respect for each other.

You will be surprised how many good suggestions will come out of this, more importantly the synergy that will be created. With that information you will be well on you way to creating a more harmonious culture in your business. If need be, bring in an outside coach to facilitate the process, to dig deeper and offer different perspectives to the issues involved and/or mediate any real sticky issue.

What Are Your Gifts To Your Business/Profession For This Year – 2011?

Are you resolving to create an upgraded version of You? This is where it all starts. And, are you ready to develop Improved Habits in the areas of:

  • Your Mental, Physical and Spiritual Health
  • Your Relationships with Friends, Family and beyond
  • Your Management and Creation of Money and Wealth
  • Your Personal Growth, Fun and Recreation
  • Keeping Yourself Organized

Are you ready to elevate your Business/Profession? 2011 is not the end! IT’S THE BEGINNING!

  • Upgrade or create your company Vision.
  • Take an accurate picture of where your business is now and where you want it to be in December 2011.
  • Do you have your strategic plan in place to get there?
  • Do you know the people and actions needed to implement it?
  • Is your niche and customer base clearly defined?
  • Do you know all of the benefits your products or service offer to your customers?
  • Do you have your marketing plan?
  • Are you ready to turn procrastination into pro-action?
  • What do you need to get started and build greater momentum?

It may look like a lot, but this is how you start to create a better you and a better year. Regardless of whether your business is small or large, you should commit this to writing. Imagine the good feeling and improved quality of life that you will experience if you accomplish what you have been putting off.

Our coaching program is designed to champion you and to help you achieve your desire for a strong start in 2011. Let us help you get these programs off the ground. Begin new and healthy habits.