A few weeks ago, I introduced an article on defining family and the expanded interest I have after my perspectives were challenged. Thank you if you made the time to read it! Today, I follow up on the idea of what is family, with the “How” of family.
There's an old proverb that says “You can't choose your family. You take what fate hands you. And like them or not, love them or not, understand them or not, you cope. Then there's the school of thought that says the family you're born into is simply a starting point. They feed you, clothe you, and take care of you until you're ready to go out into the world. There you find your own tribe.” - MEREDITH
How do you view your family…
A family to run to or run from?
Do they nurture your best or ignite your worse?
A family of creation or a family created?
A family of unconditional acceptance or conditional rejection?
Do they set you free or hold you hostage?
Are you coping with or finding your own?
Our families, likely are not these extremes but somewhere in between and more, on any given day.
What keeps my curiosity high? I believe I have a relevant position and empathy on the subject, personally and professionally. It is fascinating to reimagine all the possibilities for giving back to others from my experiences and knowledge.
A peek into my individual history; from small families with multiple family businesses, my parents were quite young when married. I am the 2nd born, oldest girl. I have 2 brothers, 2 sisters. Recently, I experienced an abrupt ending, as 3rd generation successor in one of the family businesses, and decades of working with family companies from the hospitality industry.
Some business data points; family firms comprise 80-90% of all business enterprises in North America. They account for 64% of the US GDP, generate 62% of the country’s employment and 78% of all new job creations*. One could debate how critical are family businesses.
Most importantly though, I want to hear your story. How it began, continues to evolve and influence, you and your career. I have spent the last 2 ½ years discovering and uncovering mine, beyond what I believe I knew before. At first, I was surprised to interpret I am “the black sheep”. With a bit more digging, all the way to the beginning, what I uncover provides connections and creates understanding. I have a start on viewing my own “how”. Reimagining change and discovering possibilities.
Let's have an open, honest, thoughtful and interactive conversation about your view on family!
Please strongly consider partaking in approximately a 10-minute survey, depending on your reflecting, per the link below. Your answers, not only valuable because you voice them, but important data points for creating, coaching and connecting. My gratitude to those who have already checked it out!
I am excited to receive (keeping confidential) your responses and with them, inspire better families, in life and work. My heartfelt appreciation for your time and contribution. To make this survey as beneficial as possible, kindly forward within your network as comfortable. I look forward to sharing the content of survey responses via future blogs, that you may choose to interpret them from your own perspectives. Thank you!