Episode 32

Published on:

17th Nov 2020

Friends and Family in business

Friends and family in business

The nuances of working in the business with friends and family

Four pairs of words that provide a balance to the nuances that exist when your work includes the close relationships of friends and family.  

I.                    Roles and Responsibilities

II.                  Goals and Growth

III.                Trust and Travelling On

IV.               Communication and Commitment

Six questions that support conversations for leaders who want to dig into deeper into working effectively with your friends and family members at work:

1.      Are we friends first or are we employee/employer or fellow employees first?

2.      Are we clear on our roles and responsibilities or, over time and with familiarity with each other, has there been a blurring of the lines?

3.      What happens to our trust in each other when performance falters?

4.      Does our friendship waver when things are tough at work?

5.      What goals do we have that are shared goals? What impact does this have on the business? On our friendship? On our family?

6.      Do you see growth in our family and friend relationships? If so, who is helping who to grow and develop? If we don’t see growth, why not?


Mark Cole

Jody Gittell

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The Art of Leadership
Experienced leader, Niña Ellison, focuses on those seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest skills a leader will ever learn.
The Art of Leadership with Niña Ellison focuses on the soft skills of leadership, their value and the power of their influence. As a leader, if you are interested in moving from success to significance then balancing both hard and soft skills is essential! These seemingly opposing skills complement rather than compete with each other. Hard skills are demonstrated through technical expertise that results in clearly measured goals being reached. They are vital to the success of any initiative or program. On the other hand, soft skills emphasize the transformation of people more than the transaction of tasks. They highlight behavioral changes and making a difference in people’s lives. This podcast is for leaders who are seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest soft skills a leader will ever learn. You can connect with Nina at https://www.healthyleadership.online

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Niña Ellison

A leader with over 20 years of experience empowering others to consistently deliver excellence that results in increased growth for the leader, the team and those they serve.