You’ve heard sayings like, “Behind every great man is a great woman!” (I’ve seen that firsthand in so many family businesses.) Here’s another one for you, “Behind every great family business is a great family!” Let’s face it – I’ve had the opportunity to work around some really great businesses that have not reached their […]
Family Business Relationships
Perspectives on family business relationships, how different members within a family-owned business interact with one another and tips for successful communication.
Karen and I both lost our 90-year-old mothers last year. Now Mother’s Day has a different feeling. A feeling of loss and a feeling of appreciation for the time we had with our mothers. It would be misleading to say that the relationship I had with my mother was perfect. No relationship is perfect. Having […]
I read a fascinating article about family business this week. I’ve shared the link to the article below. What I appreciated about the article was that it came from a group of family business scholars. They validated what I have been finding in family businesses over the past 20 years. Conflict is not only normal, […]
Conflict is inevitable. It’s normal. It can be an important ingredient in building a strong family team. The goal is not to have conflict. In fact, the goal is to learn to lean into the conflict and get better at navigating your way through it. The last goal would be to learn from it. Having […]
Most of us need to get better at expressing genuine appreciation. People tell me, “I don’t need to hear that I’m appreciated.” I don’t believe it. We can all benefit from knowing we are appreciated by others. Sometimes I think we withhold our appreciation because we have other complaints or concerns about a person. We […]