Sounds a bit like the beginning of a country song, doesn’t it? Just needs a line or two about my truck, my daddy, and my dog…but it’s my life! There are a lot of small family-owned businesses in NWI which is why I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but it doesn’t go without its challenges.
I started working for Lakeside in 2010, in an operations role, for my dad and CEO Mark Chamberlain. I interviewed with about eight people prior to getting the position. Dad/Mark and I took a few compatibility tests to see how well we would (or wouldn’t) work together….those were somewhat inconclusive if I remember correctly…but at the end of the day, I finally earned the position!
If you ask me, we have had a blast! Through the years we have learned to work well together one-on-one, in group settings, and outside of the office, but oh my God people, has it been messy! Like Days of Our Lives messy….
There’s this little nugget that my parents taught me as a kid that has always stayed with me and that is… ”Some of the hardest things to do- are often most worth doing.” I have seen this piece of advice play out in my work life and personal life in many ways and it’s true EVERY TIME! Why are parents always right?
So– here’s a little bit of what I’ve learned about working for my CEO Dad-
- At work, Dad’s the boss, you may challenge and are encouraged to do so– but do so respectfully….for it may be your last.
- Everyone can see your family non-verbal communications and they don’t know what it means –sooo just don’t! I am TERRIBLE at this- my face speaks louder than my mouth- and my mouth is pretty loud!
- Push each other! Inspire each other! I’m his biggest champion but also his biggest critic and he returns the favor.
- Set boundaries! Find time outside of work to talk about life. Make it known that lunch that day, for example, is off limits for shop talk.
- Respond vs. React. At some point in time, one of us will step out of line and get emotional or have an emotional response. The way I see it is that it’s the job of the other party to respond instead of reacting emotionally right back! I have stormed out of the office a time or two with tears (or fire) in my eyes…and a lot of times it’s just because I wasn’t ready to hear the information or the way it was delivered by DAD.
- Have so much fun and cherish every moment! I’m so proud…so so so proud of him and what he has built and learned about himself in this whole business–owner thing! It’s something I will always have with my dad!
He better read this…