Family owned businesses are big business in the United States. While some are the stereotypical “Mom & Pop” store, others are Fortune 500 companies. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re working for a family owned business. According to the Conway Center for Family Business, family owned businesses account for 6o percent of U.S. employment.
So, what do you do when the boss’s relatives show up and make your life miserable? Now, it isn’t likely that your job as a cashier at family owned Walmart is going to be plagued by repeated visits from Walton family relatives, but it is likely that if you work for a small family owned business that the family will be a part of your life.
I received an email from an employee whose boss decided she needed coaching. This is a normal thing for a boss to do, and actually, it would be great if more bosses would be willing to provide coaching to struggling employees. The only problem was, this boss knew the perfect coach — his wife. This “coach” came in, demanded attention, refused to listen (a critical skill of true business coaches) and went running to her husband to complain about the employee.
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