Should you hire your unemployed children? Giving jobless offspring work can buff their resumes–but batter their egos. Read my Inc. Magazine blog post here.
Sarah Needleman of the WSJ interviewed me about how entrepreneurs can adapt to kids’ summer schedules, and the best ways to involve kids in the business while they are home. http://on.wsj.com/N8T92v
Nicole Dawes on working with her husband; and on why: kids should be raised at the office, anxiety is an indulgent emotion, and work/life balance is a sham.
Q: Your life is a crazy Venn diagram of overlapping work and life spheres: Your father was an entrepreneur, you work with your husband, and you are raising two children. Which aspect of this overlap is toughest to manage?
A: Leaving the kids just doesn’t get easier. I’ve been traveling a lot. It’s heartbreaking every time. I keep waiting for that to end. Skype helps.
Q: When do you feel most stretched?
A: When we have more than one problem—which is very often. From the outside, we look like a well-oiled machine of magic work-life balance. We can handle one setback pretty well. But if someone gets sick, and a new product launch gets pushed up or pushed back, and I suddenly find I have to leave town on business—that’s when we run into difficulty. Oddly, though, when Peter and I are in those situations, we’re not that tense. We just do it. We triage. Tension and anxiety are indulgent emotions. We can’t afford them. We get externally focused on how to solve our problems. We don’t stop and wonder, How is this affecting us?
Q: What’s it like working with your husband?
A: A lot of people are scared to work with their spouse. They hear the horror stories. But for us, sharing in the whole experience together is what makes it work. Continue reading
Eileen Fisher on keeping priorities straight; on finding balance with her work; on what “quality time” really means; on the distinction between passion and addiction, and why business is like love.
Q: Why do you think there’s not more discussion about the intersection of work and family?
A: Entrepreneurs aren’t asked these questions. There’s this driven-ness, this hyper-focus. If you’d asked me these kinds of questions 15 years ago they would have overwhelmed me. I was so in the thick of it.
Q: You didn’t have time to stop and consider how the business was affecting your family?
A: For me the business was such a passion, such an obsession. There was so much good in it. It drove me, it was exciting, fun, happening, like a wild horse pulling me. I couldn’t get off. Continue reading
For all its challenges, entrepreneurship can bestow unexpected benefits on families, beyond the obvious financial ones. Read the Inc. magazine article here.
More businesses fail than succeed. In the wake of a company’s failure, marriages can falter too. Couples can rebuild by reconnecting with the ties that bound them together in the first place. Read the Inc. magazine article here.
Handing off a business to the next generation is the realization of a dream—or a complete nightmare. Read the Inc. Magazine article here.