One of the greatest challenges families face is boundaries. They become especially complex when family members work together or share financial interests, as each role has its own dynamics and needs. When issues arise, the lines can become blurry. Business tensions can impact family life. Family conflict can strain business operations.
There’s a classic story of a dad whose son worked in the family business. The son’s name was John. Despite his best efforts, John’s performance was chronically poor. One day the dad called his son into the office. He put on a hat that read Boss. “John,” he said, “I know you have given this your best, and I appreciate that. This role is simply not suited for you. We are going to have to let you go.” The dad then put on a different hat. This one read Dad. “Son,” he said, “I heard you lost your job. How can your mom and I help?”
This a powerful example of understanding the needs of one role, their potential to impact the relationship of another role, and the artful navigation of the needs of both. It is not easy, and yet it can be done. At Eredità, we help families navigate complex situations. What difference might better boundaries make for your family?