How Genograms Influence The Family Business
While many family business advisors are adept at assessing the financial, organizational, and strategic systems in a family owned business, most shy away from probing the messy world of family relationship dynamics for fear of stirring up a hornet’s nest. And yet, developing a deep understanding of a family business requires a structured method for assessing family roles, values and expectations so that the advisor can anticipate how these factors are causing issues within the business. That’s where genograms come in.
Hear from psychotherapist and business coach Jennifer S. Kennett, MA MBA LMHCA on the value of mapping the complex family dynamics that are influencing the family business. Jennifer brings over 20 years of experience working with individuals and families in both community mental health and private practice settings.
In this webinar, you will learn how to map the family structure, roles, and interpersonal dynamics with a genogram family diagram. Identify family members who are engaging in drama triangles and identify whether the conflict is rooted in current or historical issues. You will also get a list of probing questions to ask to uncover family strengths, expectations, and roles, as well as assess the flexibility of the family system to tolerate change.
About the presenter, Jennifer Kennett: As an entrepreneur since 1985, Jennifer understands the challenges that entrepreneurs experience on a daily basis. She has a deep and abiding passion for the human spirit and an intuitive understanding of how people move through their creative and entrepreneurial process. She combines a strong reverence for the change process with intelligence, creativity, and a deep love of the human spirit. She has also spent much of her career cultivating the powers of synthesis: seeing beyond the obvious to deeply understand the experiences of her clients. Read more.
Members can view the webinar recording below. For a summary of lessons from this conversation, check out Advising Emerging Leaders in the Articles sections of the Resource Library.