Episode 32

Published on:

17th Nov 2020

Friends and Family in business

Friends and family in business

The nuances of working in the business with friends and family

Four pairs of words that provide a balance to the nuances that exist when your work includes the close relationships of friends and family.  

I.                    Roles and Responsibilities

II.                  Goals and Growth

III.                Trust and Travelling On

IV.               Communication and Commitment

Six questions that support conversations for leaders who want to dig into deeper into working effectively with your friends and family members at work:

1.      Are we friends first or are we employee/employer or fellow employees first?

2.      Are we clear on our roles and responsibilities or, over time and with familiarity with each other, has there been a blurring of the lines?

3.      What happens to our trust in each other when performance falters?

4.      Does our friendship waver when things are tough at work?

5.      What goals do we have that are shared goals? What impact does this have on the business? On our friendship? On our family?

6.      Do you see growth in our family and friend relationships? If so, who is helping who to grow and develop? If we don’t see growth, why not?


Mark Cole

Jody Gittell

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About the Podcast

The Art of Leadership
The Art of Leadership focuses on soft skills... some of the hardest skills a leader will ever learn.
The Art of Leadership with Dr. Niña Ellison focuses on the soft skills of leadership, their value and the power of their influence. As a leader, if you are interested in moving from success to significance then balancing both hard and soft skills is essential!

Hard skills are demonstrated through technical expertise that results in clearly measured goals being reached. They are vital to the success of any initiative or program. On the other hand, soft skills emphasize the transformation of people. They highlight behavioral changes and making a difference in people’s lives.

This podcast is for leaders who are seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest soft skills a leader will ever learn. You can connect with Niña at https://www.ninaellison.com

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Niña Ellison

In 2019, after years of leading teams varying from international disaster relief and healthcare to the US Corporate world, Niña founded Healthy Leadership to focus on her passion for partnering with leaders in their growth and sustainability. Her own journey into soft skill development has convinced her that while her technical skills helped her get her foot in the door, her soft skills moved the influence of her leadership from success to significance.

As a soft skill specialist Niña takes monthly deep dives in her podcast series, The Art of Leadership, to explore the underlying dimensions of soft skills. She knows that soft skill development is not so much about WHAT but HOW a leader leads.
• From a 10,000 foot view a leader pursuing soft skills asks, “How do I problem solve; How do I manage time and energy?”
• From a 1,000-foot view that same leader, as they dig deeper into soft skills, begins asking questions like, “How do I listen; or How do gain self-control?”
• From Ground Zero the leader recognizes that there are underlying dimensions of soft skills as they ask, “How do I model respect for all; How do I sustain hope; How do I demonstrate appropriate love in the workplace; How do I maintain the right attitude?” How do I lead by serving?

Nina believes that behind every wildly effective and sustainable system and process are leaders and teams who have interwoven soft skills into every phase of their work.