Twin-competency Families

Business Family members have to meet much tougher requirements than non-business families. The former need both family and business competencies.

Belonging to both a family and a business requires being able to simultaneously act within two contexts. The business, which is run according to the rules governing labour relations, is one context. The other is the family, whose members each have their own role, whether it be as parent, son or daughter and so on.  Finding creative solution for spanning the two contexts requires metacommunication (that is, communication concerning communication) that leads to agreement on when and how family and business rules should be used.

Twin-competency families have developed the ability to comunícate effectively in both spheres. This ability is a necessary condition for successfully combining family life and working together in the business.