For business families - these games can provide even more benefits.
These games can produce many benefits for a family in business together:
Family Bonding - is a crucial component of every successful family business. Family bonding is part of the business family communication systems that encourages growth and prosperity for the business while at the same time promoting healthy family relationships. Family reunion games promote family bonding within a fun-filled context that can include family members of all ages.
Family Values - always influence how the family business is managed and operated. The ethics of the family business are shaped by the values of the family. Likewise, the concerns we have about family members if they have problems with alcohol and drugs are also issues that must be confronted if they become problematic in the work place as well. With family businesses, there is ever an on-going dualism - how the family influences the business and how the business influences the family! Family reunion games encourage family members to reflect on the values of their family and their business.
Family Traditions - every family has certain traditions that reflect the culture and history of the family. We find these family traditions also become part of the traditions of the family business. For example, an immigrant house painter in Michigan would present a small American Flag lapel pin to those people who hired him to paint. Three generations later, this large painting contractor still continues that tradition by presenting an American Flag lapel pin to everyone who helps their family and their business. Family reunion games can be part of the process of creating a written history of the family.
Family Religion - plays an important role in the family and will also influence the family business. Truett Cathy is a very devout Christian who founded Chick-fil-A, a large chain of fast food restaurants. In deference to his religious beliefs, this restaurant chain is not open for business on Sunday. Family reunion games can help articulate how the family's religious beliefs and convictions impacted the philosophy of how the business would operate.
Family Secrets - are part of almost every dynastic family business. The patriarch of the Kennedy family, whose business is politics, built his fortune by smuggling illegal contraband into the country. The family secret formula for Coca-Cola is locked away in high a security bank vault. Television commercials tout the Bush family's secret formula for their line of canned beans. Family reunion games can teach younger family members about the family secrets - at least some of them!!!
Family Rules - are first applied to family-business children in the context of the family. Discipline and hard work are generally taught at an early age. It is not uncommon in business families for the kids to be working in the family business when they are in grade school and high school. Many of the rules that govern family relationships (honor and respect your parents) have a profound effect on the family- business children as adults and managers of the family business. Sometimes these feelings are so strong that they impair the succession management process. Family reunion games can help explain the reasons behind the family rules.
Family Fun - is rarely recognized as a vital component of a successful and healthy family in business together - we think it is! Many family businesses started as part of the family's recreation. A family interested in boating ends up in the marina business or in the building of houseboats and sailboats or catering to the huge array of marine accessories. A family's special BBQ sauce that ends up being the basis of a restaurant.
We recently discovered The FAMILYLORE Game... and we really like it!
In many ways, this family reunion game is unique because the more you play The FAMILYLORE Game, the more it becomes customized for every family that owns it. That's right - every family creates their own unique copy of this family reunion game.
The first time my family played this family reunion game, we really had a lot of fun - funny how every member of the family had just a slightly different memory of a special occasion or a special event where the family was involved. But as we became more experienced with this family reunion game, the family became more aware of some very important dynamics that are embodied in every successful family business.
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Family Values and Business Systems
The FamilyLore Game is another wonderful opportunity for business families to stay better connected.