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Connecting Work and Family

How do you withstand the challenges of a demanding job while also maintaining loving family relationships? Rather than try to “protect” your time, “connect” what matters most. In this video, you’ll meet Eddie Thurmon, Dan’s son, who is also a vital asset to his business.

Ten Actions to Strengthen Your Work-Relationships Lifeline

  1. Share the purpose and scope of your work with your loved ones. Explain the mission – why you do what you do.
  2. Deepen your friendships at work. Find a colleague you can call a friend and get to know him or her on a deeper level.
  3. Introduce your family to your coworkers.
  4. Have a “bring your kids to work” day.
  5. Ask your spouse for input on a business decision – and use it.
  6. Employ your children to help you with aspects of an assignment. Teach them about the work and economics. Pay them for their assistance.
  7. Demonstrate that your work supports your family but doesn’t replace your family. Purposefully postpone an assignment–disengage from your work to engage in a meaningful moment with your loved ones. You can’t always do this, but show them you can, and do, but them at the top of your priority list.
  8. Post pictures of your family and friends in your workplace.
  9. If you travel, find creative ways to bring your family and friends “along for the ride.” Travel together if possible, or remain in touch using technology.
  10. Form a Mastermind Group – that is a friendly group of 3-6 peers you respect and can learn from. Meet regularly to discuss opportunities to grow. Challenge each other while growing in friendship.

[Excerpted from Off Balance On Purpose, p. 107]

  • Kurtz Tak says:

    That’s Great! “Dan” hahaha Eddie is so grown up!!!!! Great message as I’m going back into a co-bussiness with Masami. Excellent!!!

  • Ray Martin says:

    That is awesome that you’re able to incorporate your son’s talents into your business, and that he genuinely enjoys it too!

    • Dan Thurmon says:

      Thanks Ray. What I didn’t message in the video is that Eddie learned his editing skills from his Mom (my wife, Shay), who is also a very talented editor and has done wonderful work for our business for the past 20 years!

  • Owen Sk says:

    Great challenge to us all, Dan. Thank you!

  • Patty West says:

    Great Segment! Good information and enjoyable to watch (as always).

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