Healthy Families – Healthy Businesses

Families, like businesses have a system and a culture. Some look attractive, even successful, but if you look deeper, they actually may be unhealthy. Your family and your work are the two most important organizations in your life. Are yours’ healthy?


Organizational health is the single greatest competitive advantage in business, and it is essential in home for children and teens to reach their potential. Organizational health at home and work is virtually free and accessible to any leader who wants it, and yet it remains largely untapped in most organizations and families.

Healthy families – the ones where parents give their children discipline, affection and time – almost always improve over the years; even when they lack many of the advantages and resources that money can buy. Unhealthy families, the ones without discipline and unconditional love, will always struggle, even if they have all the money, tutors, coaches, and technology they could ever want . . .It’s really about the health of the environment.” – Patrick Lencioni in The Advantage – Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business 

I’m a fan of Patrick Lencioni. He gets it. He understands that culture and relationships matter. This is equally true at home as it is at work. In his book, The Advantage he presents The Four Disciplines of a Healthy Business. I’d like to think about these as principles of health that we focus on at work and home.

  1. Build a cohesive leadership team. If mom and dad aren’t on the same page, confusion and chaos likely reign. If we can build a truthful, authentic atmosphere, trust will thrive, we will be able to talk about conflict and deal with it directly. Commitment and loyalty grow when there is cohesion.
  2. Create clarity. Once we have cohesion, we can work through a process of developing clarity, which is more than a mission statement. Creating clarity at home requires a rigorous process of dealing with six fundamental questions to create alignment.
  3. Over-communicate clarity. You probably already discovered that children and teens need repetition in order to remember, and more repetition to follow through with our instruction. Don’t assume that you have communicated effectively, just because you transferred information.
  4. Reinforce clarity. Keep the message simple. Get rid of anything that might be distracting, unnecessary, or fuzzy; and challenge any drift that might attempt to confuse your focus. Clarity produces consistency, and consistent parenting is essential for a healthy home.

If this sounds interesting to you, check out the four minute video that I’ve done recently with my friend, psychologist, Dr. David Ross – consultant with Patrick Lencioni’s The Table Group


Interested in organizational health?  Contact me to discover how these four disciplines can help your business and family be healthy. Including, learn how to:

  • Overcome the 5 challenges every team faces – at home and at work
  • Smart vs. Healthy organizations
  • Understand how to get on the same page at home and work with the 5 Behaviors of Cohesion
  • Escape the chaos and confusion with the 6 Critical Questions for Clarity
  • Learn how to parent with clarity, consistency and calmness