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My spouse and I joined my parent's business 4 years ago, but I am only confused about my direction. My parents tell me I'm not advancing enough and thinking ahead enough, but I have no clear roles. It causes much bitterness when we have disageements

My spouse and I joined my parent's business 4 years ago, but I am only confused about my direction. My parents tell me I'm not advancing enough and thinking ahead enough, but I have no clear roles. It causes much bitterness when we have disageements, since they say it is their business and my opposing comments on management style are disrespectful. How do I help work through this? ast


Answer:

Dear ast - I think it's ok to ask for a clear, written job description, as well as a management team meeting in which clear goals are set for the coming year. If your company already has a strategic business plan, your job and the goals of the management team should fit into that. If you don't have a strategic business plan (and many small businesses do not) maybe it's time to do that, perhaps with an outside professional facilitator. If you set clear, observable, measurable goals for your performance for the coming year, you can evaluate yourself and continue to grow. Many small businesses operate in informal ways during the start up, but as new family members and other employees come on board, clarity of job responsibilities becomes essential. Good luck, Dr. Ellen

 

 
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