Undiscussables: Dealing with the Elephants in Family Business

Undiscussables: Dealing with the Elephants in Family Business
16 Aug 2018 by Brooke Morimoto

 

 

 

 

Enterprising families often have rituals that bring joy, connectedness and stability to their members. Unfortunately, these families can also breed practices that are destructive to the cohesion of the clan. One such practice is the avoidance of difficult conversations, which over time creates taboo topics in a family, their businesses, or both. Often parents, children or others in the family or business do not know how to approach subjects that cause friction, tension or hurt feelings, so that over time, these subjects simply become "undiscussable."

Undiscussable topics are the subjects that a family is unable or unwilling to talk about in an open, honest and candid manner.

 

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