The Group Throne

The Group Throne
by Ira Bryck

Two brothers listened intently to the compelling words of their dear, departing father. “You both worked very hard in our family business. You did your jobs well and you each struggled to show me how you could lead this company one day. Sorry, but I just couldn’t pick one of you above the other. Finally, I’ve made my decision. I want you to both be presidents…Co- Presidents. But listen up: if and when you can’t agree, when you’re in absolute deadlock, call my brother Michael in California. I know you never liked him, but he’s a smart guy. He’ll listen to both sides, and then decide.

No surprise that these two leaders strove to cooperate ceaselessly, never wanting to gamble on the uncertain pronouncements of Uncle Mike.

It is quite a challenge to run any business. What makes a family business even more intense is that your business partners have notions about you (and you about them) formed in the Wonder Years, that just won’t quit. They can’t see how you’ve grown…and maybe you haven’t…because of the box they’ve placed you in. More…