Should we practice leadership and empowerment to build a happy family culture?

by | Apr 3, 2013

Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler  Quote from this website and book review from NPR…

“What’s that? You remain structured yet flexible. You create checklists for the morning routine, post chores on a white board and hold at least one family powwow a week to go over what went well, what could have gone better and what everyone hopes to accomplish in the coming week.”

Bruce Feiler and Google audience talk…  Click on this site to see and hear talk…

I am pleased to add The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler for purchase on my website.  My recent post,, was not coincidental…  Practicing leadership and empowerment in a family culture might be tricky, but makes sense to some degree.  Bruce Feiler’s idea of the weekly family “powwow” may be a secret we should all try at home.  We do this in our professional lives all the time and it does create a culture of empowerment and ownership in the work place.  I know this to be true from my own experience in corporate and non-profit leadership roles.  Why not try some of these very effective ideas at home?  Sure, it might be a little awkward at first because we believe that families should just work effectively without thinking and talking.  We often look at each other with glazed eyes and try to read minds.  Of course, this doesn’t work in the office or on any job away from home for that matter.  So, it probably doesn’t work at home either.  Take a little time and read the NPR book review by clicking the above link and purchase the book as a reference and resource.  Try it, you might find a thread of success in building your own happy culture at home…

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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