Managing employees and raising children

My wife Mary and I decided to have children in our late twenties, somewhat later than many of our peers. One of the advantages of waiting, however, was the decade of experience we had accumulated in managing independent, unrelated employees. Here are a few of the lessons we learned that stood us in good stead both as managers and as parents.

  • Be consistent in your responses and behavior.
  • Decide what small set of things is truly important and which things fall in the “don’t sweat the small stuff” category.
  • Define consequences if your expectations aren’t met, and truly be prepared to follow through if required.
  • Focus on the positive things rather than the negative.
  • Make your rules and expectations clear.

Before setting expectations for your employees, you need to set expectations for your company as a whole. A proven strategic planning process is an effective way to define and articulate a visualization for your company’s future. To learn more about how strategic planning lets you work through issues like this, take a look at our services webpage. If you’re interested in having a facilitated strategic planning meeting that sets your strategy and launches its implementation, contact us (800) 207-8192 or

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