What is a Family Business Coach?
Family businesses are unique. You work with the same people you eat with, sleep with, and relate to in your personal life.
How do you conduct a professional relationship in one setting and a familial one in another? It can be a delicate balance.
A family business coach understands the issues in this balance. They can help you, and your partners/family members, compartmentalize these roles while blending them.
Like any coach, their main role is to open your, and your partners’, eyes to the things you don’t see from the inside.
How a Family Business Coach Can Help You
In your family and in your business, issues arise.
It’s important to do your best to avoid having business issues affect your relationships with family members.
You also want to avoid having home life issues affect your business relationships to the detriment of business results.
Your family business coach must be your trusted confidant for both sides of this. They can help you see ways to keep these issues from spilling over to where they don’t belong.
What Does Family Business Coaching Do?
As with all coaches, a family business coach only does one thing. That is to help you see what you can’t see from the inside. You’re looking at the trees – the coach will look at the forest and help you see that view.
Good coaches simply ask questions, listen to the answers, and suggest better ways for you to view certain things. Their role ends there; they don’t do anything for you except that. Of course, you’re likely to be resistant to taking a different view than has been your habit. They’ll likely work with you at some length to help you see how to resolve whatever issues are troubling you. They’ll help you and your partners see how you could deal with something differently to improve the results of your family relationships and your business relationships and performance.
Benefits of Hiring a Family Business Coach
It’s very difficult for most people to avoid some carryover when you live and work with the same people.
Since it may be very hard for you and your partners to see how to avoid that, coaching can be a great help in your family and your family business.
I wish you the greatest success in your family life and in your business. I recommend you consider hiring a coach to help you smooth the way for both roles.
Note: Archived issues of The Unity Community are available here. Search that page for keywords representing your particular interest. Most articles offer suggestions for ways of improving business and personal relationships. Keep in mind that business is done by…people. Every business concern is essentially an inter-personal concern.
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