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Areas to Assess

Mindset – Everyone knows these days that running a successful business requires the right mindset. There are thousands, if not millions, of business coaches who help people change their mindset for business success. But has anyone told you that the right mindset is essential in running a successful family?

Are you in a mindset of blame or of co-operation?

Mission Statement – What is the overall goal or purpose of your family staying strong and united? The mission you decide upon should be inspiring to all members. This is vital for success in working together as an organised group.

Family Hierarchy & Roles – Many conservative families in the west and most families in eastern cultures have fairly strict rules around family roles. Roles are essential in a family, yet no one should be acting as a servant or slave in your home. All roles should serve a united purpose with lower status jobs being shared or done as a paid chore.

Sit down with your partner and together figure out the basics of your family’s organisational chart.

Facility Layout – Get your home in order! Once family roles are allocated, the next step is what is known in business as your facility layout and design. Is your home environment clean and well-organised, where everyone can find things they need to take care of themselves and fill their roles without asking?

Policies, Procedures & Limits – Consider making a beautiful book of these rules that will one day become a family heirloom.

Agreements  – How are decisions made in your family? Putting a decision-making process in place will ensure that disagreements become creative and productive and not fracture your relationships. Without a decision-making process in place, everything will be fine until people disagree.

Conflict Resolution – How are conflicts resolved in your family? Having a solid process in place is the real test of your ability as a family leader.

Kim is the author of seven books on the topic of relationships and emotional intelligence.

A prolific multi-media content innovator, Kim has created and shared a library of articles and multi-media educational tools including radio shows,
movies and poetry on 'The NC Marriage', and 'The Love Safety Net'.

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