Getting the Family Business Unstuck

March 16, 2011 in Conflict Resolution and Communication in Family Business

Spring often brings quickly melting snow and rain, and with the moisture comes the likelihood of getting stuck. It's not unlike a family business, when each partner's history, behavioral style, communication patterns, management ability -- and even frustration with in-laws or off-farm siblings -- can combine and cause one or several partners to feel that the business has stalled, that it's not progressing. And when the business gets stuck, people start to lose enthusiasm and motivation for the future.