Seven Es for Teaching, Coaching and Supporting Business Families
The trusted advisor relationship is complex and demands an alignment between the advisor and family based mutually shared values and behaviors about how the intervention will improve performance on the agreed goals.
Business families require a well-articulated model that explains how they improve their performance by working with an outside advisor.
Confidentiality and trust are an integral part of the consulting process and the basis of my working relationship with the family. A goal of our work is to help the family learn about itself to create opportunities for learning and growth. I suggest three guidelines for confidentiality:
Learning Family Behaviors
Many families report that certain behaviors provide a foundation for successfully learning together. My experience as a teacher, advisor and therapist is that families that agree to participate together in a positive and respectful manner improve their outcomes and strengthen their family relationships. Your family may want to consider the following guiding principles: