Conflict Resolution in Family Business
Working with your family can be challenging at times. Business is about making money, while family is about unconditional love and support. As is often the case, these two sentiments don’t always mix very well. When you work with people you love, you tend to neglect or avoid confronting them with poor business behavior – you don’t want to hurt their feelings. Then it builds up and explodes. At the same, family members are all equal in power, but in business they are not. As such, family members in business feel they are equal in a business setting, when many times they are not.
The good news is that all family businesses go through this, and so there are lots of methods and techniques that can be employed to get families communicating well and avoiding conflict.