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family business management issues. He will not answer questions relating to
complex analytical mental health questions or medical questions.
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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
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
Marshall W. Northington, Ph.D.
San Rafael Medical Town Offices
6612 East Carondelet Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85710 USA