Family Business Mediator Video No 20: Family Systems & Skills. Teamwork. By Jon Kenfield.

Video 20. Family Systems & Skills – Teamwork.

  • Families tend to assume that their “familyness” means they naturally work well as a team, but the reality is often far from the belief – which easily leads to conflict when expectations are seriously mismatched and badly unmet.
  • The quality of teamwork has a lot to do with group culture, shared goals and values, respect, trust and inclusion. Teams function best when they have worthwhile tasks that place demands on neutral reliability.
  • Solution: start building the family team from a young age to get family members used to the idea of working with other family members.
  • Within the family, philanthropy and investment committees, along with social and holiday committees, provide good opportunities for developing collaborating skills and teamwork.

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