Family Business Problems? Ira Bryck, Solutions!


 All happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way
– Leo Tolstoy, from Anna Karenina
  • are you proud of the way your children get along?
  • if they don’t always, are you proud of the way they deal with their differences?
  • if they don’t always/ ever deal well, are you proud of the way you respect their boundaries, so they can work it out, without you refereeing?
  • if they are very different from each other, do they respect those differences, and work towards agreements that satisfy each one enough, and follow a “fair process”?
  • if you happen to work with your siblings, or are the parent who works with multiple children, do you create a safe space to explore solutions, measure ideas, get comfortable with being a bit uncomfortable?
  • if there’s a “my way or the highway” sense of things, do you discuss why you think your way is THE way, and hear others out, about how they don’t recall when you were crowned king?
  • what is the “preamble to your constitution” that describes why working together is even “a thing”?
  • is your ongoing conversation more “kill or be killed” or finding a “5 state solution” or “we can work it out”?

I have no end of questions. It’s one of my unique abilities. But another one is helping you come together and explore answers, solutions, remedies, treaties, agreements, or whether an order of protection may be in order.

And for families in business who are having trouble making beautiful music together, whether or not you’re currently members of the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley, I’d be glad to meet with you and see if you can’t take a sad song, and make it better.

Ira Bryck, Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley


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