The POWER of SAFETY in Family Business.

The other day I was sitting in my favorite coffee shop in Vancouver. As I am journaling about my journey and enjoying the sweet aroma of coffee surrounding me I notice a father walk up to the counter with his young son. The boy couldn’t have been older than 4 or 5 years old. There happened to be a sample of a blueberry muffin on the counter for patrons to enjoy. The father reach in and took some for his boy. Without questioning his father or asking what it was, the boy put it in his mouth and ate it.

As I watched this I starting thinking about safety and trust in Family Businesses. This little boy trusted his father completely and fully. Never questioning his dad about the food he was given to eat; he just put it in his mouth as if that was the obvious thing to do, the natural thing to do. Absolute trust, and feeling safe, in that his father would not hurt him or cause him harm.

As a Family Business member, how safe do you feel within your family? Are you creating safety? What level of trust do you have within your family?

Safety is based on TRUST. There is POWER in TRUST.

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