In business we talk a lot about culture, vision, goals, etc.. but rarely do we consider these topics when it comes to managing our households or raising our children. I have a successful career in transforming organizations to be more effective, to deliver faster, with higher quality, and to change cultures. I’ve learned a thing or two about the elusive secrets to success in business, and I’ve always wondered if I could apply the same principles and strategies to our home and raising our kids.
The kids are old enough now, where I think it could really work, so here I go…well here my family goes…on our journey to transforming our home into One Happy Hive.
Creating our Culture and Values
Executing on Goals
Setting a vision in business includes understanding the product you are selling and the customer you are serving. So, how do we approach that for a family. This has been a challenge, but the idea and format is this
For <customer> who want <desire> <Proudct> provides <product description> unlike <competitor> <prouduct value>
Here is where we landed:
For all people who want to see the good in the world, The Blair Family exemplifies humility, character, hardworking, and kindness unlike many individuals in the world today who are lacking character, the Blair Family are intelligent, kind, helpful, selfless and hardworking.
It’s a litt…
Our product is the good, bad, or different we put out into the world - it’s our …
We value teamwork and hardwork, knowledge and the pursuit of truth. EWe believe in doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, and looking out for those who society has forgotten. We are helpful, healthful, and kind. We are good stewards for that which has been entrusted to us.
It’s one thing to say you value something and another thing completely to truly live out your values. We are what we do, not what we say. So the question is how do we become what we value…how do we live our values. The answer lies in carefully crafting a culture where living those values is part of daily life. Easier said then done…lemme tell you.
As much as my husband and I say we value team work, we hadn’t done a very good job of cultivating a culture at home for our kids (or us for that matter) to actually work as a team. I realized I am partly to blame for this. I thought I was doing a great job by assigning out chores for the boys (hardwork). Kid-A had the daily chore of unloading the dishwasher, and Kid-B was to load. team work - they are helping the family. Nope. Teamwork is them working together to unload and see mom and dad work together to load. I can’t tell you how many things we do around the house were each individual person is responsible for their own things, rather than us all working together on all of it. Now, I will say this, there are some things that MUST be individual responsibility, but household work, should be a team effort. Here are some shifts we made and things you can try too:
Load and unload the dishwasher together
Fold towels and sheets together
Clean common areas together'
Yardwork, picking up after the dog, washing cars, etc.