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Run Your Family Like You Run Your Business
By: Saro Saravanan
If you're like the many small business owners I know, you probably apply a different set of criteria when running your family versus when running your business. That's fair. You could always get different colleagues or employees, but you'd like to keep your family together if you could! But that doesn't mean that you couldn't use some of the same techniques with your family that help you keep your business running smoothly especially in the area of people management.

The success of your family is very much dependent on how you pull your family together as a team - much like the success of your business depends on you and your employees working as a team.
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The keys to achieving this are as follows:

Make sure everyone knows what they're supposed to be doing on a daily basis. If you can, create a daily plan for each family member well in advance. The more notice you give the better. This is an often-overlooked first order of business for parents. As a manager, you make sure your employees know what they're supposed to be doing don't forget to do the same at home.
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Train your family members to follow the plan. This is going to be the hardest part, but trust me, it's worth every bit of effort. This is like teaching someone to fish - versus giving them food. Once they get in the habit of following your plan, then you'll be thankful for sticking to your guns on this issue.

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