These are the words we say to each other when seemingly small problems arise. No friendship, work relationship, or family interaction is perfect, and we all have tiny issues in each and every interpersonal relationship that we often choose not to address, and it’s easy to see why! Nobody wants to be known for being difficult, bratty, or negative, because we risk hurting our relationships over “nothing” (especially if you’re like us and live in the land of “Minnesota Nice!”). But anybody who’s had a friend or loved one blow up over some seemingly trivial annoyance knows that clear and open communication, even about small issues, is important in building strong and trusting relationships.
When Minor Issues Become Major Problems:
Addressing these “speck of dust” issues doesn’t (and shouldn’t) require making a mountain out of every molehill. It simply means treating every conflict no matter the size as an issue of preventative maintenance: Address it now even if the conversation is a bit awkward, or risk the problem growing and mutating into harder-to-solve neuroses.
To learn more about addressing speck of dust issues, managing family conflicts, and running a successful family business, pick up Tom Hubler’s new book, The Soul of the Family Business: A practical guide to family business success and a loving family, available in hardcover form on Amazon.com, directly through Itasca Books, or at a bookstore near you. Tom Hubler will also be holding a book launch party on October 22nd, 2018 at Barnes & Noble at the Galleria in Edina, where guests can purchase the book, hear remarks and words of wisdom from Hubler, as well as have their book autographed. Finally, nothing beats the personalized advice that comes with a face-to-face meeting with a professional family business consultant. Contact Hubler for Business Families today to set up a free orientation meeting with Thomas Hubler, the expert on family business planning.