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Dr. Northington will personally answer all questions relating to family business management issues. He will not answer questions relating to complex analytical mental health questions or medical questions.

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Sample Questions for Dr. Marshall Northington

Q: My daughter comes in late to work about two or three times a week. Her excuse is that she has children to get ready for school. I know some of the other women in the office face the same situation and they get to work on time. I'm really frustrated and I really can't fire her. What can I do?

Joe — Salt Lake City, UT

Q: My son has this attitude that he can run this business without me. I've given him more and more to do but I don't think he's ready to take over. He doesn't know how to read a P&L or balance sheet but knows how to get the work done in the field. How do I satisfy myself that he's ready for more responsibility in the business?

Larry — Phoenix, AZ

Q: My father asked me to come work for him after I get my MBA. I have a lot of interest and knowledge in marketing which I think he could use. So far, I've been on the job five months and he seems disappointed that I can't do all of what he wants me to do (improve sales, open new markets, present new ideas about cost cutting and more). I admit that with all I've done to contribute around here, I'm beginning to feel like it's never enough and I'll never satisfy him. What can I do to get him to let go and let me work and get things done?

Cynthia — Dallas, TX

Q: I have children not working in the family business, but I want them to benefit from our success. I have two children working in the business with me and they're not sure whether it's a good idea. How can I share with them and not upset my children who are working with me?

Steve — Minneapolis, MN

DISCLAIMER: Dr. Northington will personally answer all questions relating to family business management issues. He will not answer questions relating to complex analytical mental health questions or medical questions.

Marshall W. Northington, Ph.D.
San Rafael Medical Town Offices
6612 East Carondelet Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85710 USA
Telephone: 520-886-6588
Fax: 520-885-6500
E-mail: career2@mindspring.com