Stepniowski Family Values

I heard a HBR podcast not long ago that included an interview with the author of The Secrets of Happy Families.  I haven’t read this book, but the interview revealed some suggestions for managing families in today’s chaotic environment.  He suggests managing families using many of the tools we see used in successful organizations.

More specifically, Bruce Feiler suggested families develop a value proposition (or mission statement) that includes input from everyone.  Reiterating the values through actions is key.

As we traveled from Florida to Tennessee this year for our annual summer vacation, we discussed this idea and came up with four guiding values we all agree encompass what we’re about.

1) Respect yourself and others.

2) Practice self-control.

3) Love and be loved.

4) Be inquisitive.

We’ll see how it goes, but the kids already know the four values, similar to a Starbucks barista that must be able to recite the mission statement on a whim.  It’s a start…

Posted by jenn on 08:08 pm - Sunday August 11 2013

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