Divided Roles. Every person has a unique set of skills to bring to the table. Linda has experience in dealing with retail outlets and mass markets. My experience is in the product itself.
Seek Outside Advice. This is key in family business, because family always has a biased opinion. Little things from approving designs to tasting the actual product should be shared with outsiders. The truth hurts sometimes, but it is best to hear the truth than to not. My mom is honest, but she also is my mom…so to be absolutely sure I’m getting an unbiased opinion, I go outside the company, and outside family, for more opinions.
No Family Pictures in the Office. This is a tool to set the boundaries with my mom and make other employees feel comfortable that everyone is held to the same standard and expectation of results. My mom may still have my baby pictures in her wallet or purse. As long as business associates don’t see it, we keep a fair and healthy environment.