Posted by: Calvin | December 11, 2007

Family Business Woes

Last week I fired a client with whom I have enjoyed a 9+ year relationship.  Today I took a call from the President of the corporation who wanted to understand why.   It was a difficult conversation.  This client had been one of my favorite clients and I particularly enjoyed working with this President.  He taught me a lot.  There is little that I can say here due to the rules of confidentiality I am bound to follow.  Let’s just say that we own two businesses.  I run one, my husband runs the other.  In my view, the former client through its Board and manager took advantage of its relationship with the company I run to the detriment of the company my husband runs.  I know it is “business”, notwithstanding it felt like swift kick in my gut.  I toiled over the decision to end the relationship.  In the end I decided that my trust had been compromised to an untenable condition.  With the trust missing, the relationship would not be the same again.  It was what I needed to do, but it still sucked!

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Christmas Countdown update:  12/11/2007 – 14 days to go – I am back down to a 1 out of 10 on the Christmas spirit scale.  This whole situation is having a negative impact on me and my mood.  I am dreading another negative work related matter I need to deal with tomorrow morning.  When that is over I hope my mood will get better .  On days like these I wish I had an hourly job that I could leave behind when the door hits me in the a** at the end of my shift!

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  1. We talked about this this morning. Your decision was sound, and you did the right thing.

    On the Xmas front, I’ll make you an offer: you buy all your presents, and I’ll wrap them for you. I’m really good at it. I love to do it, too. I can come over one evening to your house, or — better yet — throw everything in your car and come over here. That way, none of your boys will see anything. BYO Christmas paper, otherwise everything will say “Happy Hanukkah” on it! 🙂

  2. […] know there are people out there struggling to get in the Christmas spirit. I’ll admit that the recent ice storm here has thrown a kink into my preparations, but […]

  3. Geeze, I’d have trouble coming up with Christmas spirit after a day like that too!


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