Family business typical problems
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Family business typical problems

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You don’t have to watch reality TV to know that running a family business and working with those closest to you can be both a blessing and a curse. While being so close to your loved ones can be enormously rewarding, it can also lead to stress within the group and sometimes, irreparable damage. Common Family Business Problems-min

If you’re running a family business, chances are you’ve run into snags a time or two with your staff members – namely, your family members. Knowing how best to navigate those waters can be tricky and ensuring that everyone comes out on the other side without hurt feelings takes a special touch.

3 common family business problems.

1. Leadership

All successful businesses require a strong and competent leader. Without a good leader, they’re bound to fail – regardless of whether the family is involved or not. One of the most common family business problems is a lack of clear planning, and it can be toxic to the growth and prosperity of the business. Regardless of who the leader is, it’s important for that person to communicate often and clearly with the family members involved in helping make decisions as well as those who are “on the ground” about enacting the changes that are decided upon.

2. Structure

Everyone likes to know what’s expected of them. This is true in any relationship – we hear it in marriage vows between two partners committing to sharing their lives together; we see it in strong business relationships; we practice it in our friendships.

So why is it that in family businesses, sometimes roles and responsibilities aren’t clearly outlined or assigned? Many family businesses avoid clearly outlining roles and responsibilities because they somehow feel greater clarity and responsibilities might lead to greater accountability which could lead to difficult conversations about performance.”

3. Family/Business

This is one of the all-too-common family business problems and unfortunately, it’s so easy for it to happen within a family-run enterprise. Just as “drama” is wont to creep into close-knit business relationships, it seems that family businesses are that much more prone to this kind of trouble.

Whether it’s due to disagreements about the company’s future, making major changes to internal policies or external product and service offerings or difficulty influencing a family member, things can get sticky and fights can break out. Ensuring that everyone stays happy and that things don’t get ugly can be a job all on its own.

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