The family business…they have existed for centuries with great success. Although we might recognize an organization as a “family” business, it is likely that you will employ those who do not share your DNA. How does employee motivation factor into your organization? This creates an interesting dilemma - how do you keep your employees motivated when it is common knowledge that they will have the ability to progress only so far within your organization? Better yet - how do you keep them motivated when they are tasked with teaching the next generation of family leadership? I am not sure how I would feel about this, putting in your time for an organization knowing that you will never get to the level you want because you have the wrong last name. What is your take on this?
What makes us joyful? This is a question that we don’t ask ourselves enough in our hectic lives. I recall a song we used to sing in Sunday school when I was a little kid. “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.” I used to wonder who or what put it there? Did someone come along and say, “Hey, here is your joy, put it in your heart.” Or was it just a feeling that came over you when something good happened?
I don’t believe I truly understood the idea of joy until I became a young adult. Sure, I was comfortable with the idea of happy, and I am basically a happy person by nature. But pure joy was something I probably felt as a small child and then truly understood later in life. I now see joy as those moments in life when you find pure happiness that just comes along, the feeling that your heart is just overflowing with joy. Of course the big moments in life bring us joy - such as the day I married my husband along with the days we adopted our children. Events such as those make it easy to understand pure, unadulterated joy. There are also moments that bring joy that just sneak up on us. Watching our daughter play outside in the snow when she thinks no one is watching - she is simply joyful. Hearing the laugh of our 2 year-old when he finds something funny - a happy, joyful noise.
Where do we find joy in our everyday lives? When we are faced with the problems that accompany adulthood, are we too jaded to look for the simple joys in life? Do we consider just being happy enough for us? I bet if we were able to block all of the outside “noise” in our lives, we might just be able to find the joy down in our hearts.