The Impact of Navigating Systems
What is the impact of Navigating Systems? Andrea Schara shares her thinking and what she has learned. Learn more on our website: https://www.navigatingsystemsdc.com/ Kathy can I ask you a question? Because you really good at asking questions, but I'd love for you to answer one. Sure. Yeah. I want to know what have you learned? Six years Navigating Systems. What is it that you really learned. Now I'll give you a second to think about it. I'll tell you that I had a problem in my own family, it was a terrible problem. And I was kind of innocent and stupid. I thought that I could easily help out. Dr. Bowen died in 1990. And I thought, I want to learn about family businesses. So I went down to my uncle's pottery, and I volunteered to come and you know learn about business and then I could be a business consultant. It would be so great. And you know the story already. Yeah, I. First of all I took I took thinking, to seriously thinking I need to get my uncle's wife to understand that I'm not trying to cozy up to my uncle, you know. And she called me on that. Said I was a cozier. And I said, No, no, no, I'm not really. And I spent probably two years, I'd say, spending two years to get an equal relationship with my aunt and my uncle. Let's say two years. And that was an intense triangle. So I'm not going to tell any more about it than that. I just know that I have learned to manage myself so much better watching other people managing themselves in their families and that's part of what I think Navigating Systems offers is that it gives me a chance to watch other people describe this emotional system. What did you learn?
Thinking Family Systems in Family Enterprise
Navigating Systems faculty, Kathy Wiseman, Andrea Schara, and Priscilla Friesen (seated left to right), discuss situations and strategies related to those in, and those who consult to, family enterprise. For more information, visit: https://www.navigatingsystemsdc.com/ After the three of us finished the last section of Navigating Systems in January, I went home and started to think about what's the contribution that Bowen theory can make to someone who is a partner of a family business, who works in a family business, who consults for a family business. Really, how can that make a difference in the outcome of a business and in just managing yourself through all the changes that happen from the start, to the expansion, to maybe the end of a family business. If we could spend a little bit of time describing how we think Bowen family systems can really inform people differently, and I've been thinking about it, and so I wanted to get your opinion.