That was one of the points that Drew Mendoza made last week when some of our local family businesses got together Thursday morning to participate in a breakfast forum. He discussed how important it is to act like a family outside the business. Make sure you have social gatherings with your siblings. Bring your children to play with their cousins, building the relationship between the cousins can be the building blocks of future teamwork as they get older and start taking their roles in the business.
Another point worth noting is to be careful of what you bring home to your spouse and children. Bringing home the baggage and the disagreements and sharing too much with your spouse and children about their in-laws and Aunts and Uncle’s can harm the family harmony at social gatherings.
These are such two small points during the 2 ½ hours that Drew talked to us. It would be impossible to cover it all. I think he will have to make a return appearance in 2013 for the NYFBC. I’m pretty sure the attendees would have stayed longer if he had kept talking.
See you all next time. Thursday, March 8th - Alan Andrews will be talking about boundaries.