my last blog, I talked about my son William’s momentous ’09 summer, which saw
him receiving his MBA and law degrees from Case Western Reserve University and
marrying his sweetheart Christine. I
also briefly mentioned William’s becoming my business partner in an exciting
new venture, Governance Edge. As
president, William is in charge of day-to-day operation of Governance Edge’s
publishing and web-based learning programs.
We’ve already brought out two briskly selling books, and we have a new
one on the way that tells the fascinating and exciting story of a blind CEO,
Virginia Jacko, who is my co-author.
I’ll be describing this new book, which we’re tentatively calling “The
Blind Visionary,” in a future blog.
an experience it’s been thus far working with son and colleague William –
always educational, rewarding, and energizing and occasionally a bit stressful. Governance Edge is without question
benefiting from William’s entrepreneurial and technological savvy (Case’s
Weatherhead School of Management is a major center for entrepreneurial research
and education), as well as his energy and enthusiasm. With his help, I’m becoming ever more
comfortable with the today’s world of hyper-connectivity, with the likes of
LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. I may not be tweeting much yet, but I’m
certainly on the verge, thanks to Will’s guidance and pressure. I certainly clearly see the potential of
social networking, especially for widely and relatively inexpensively getting
out the word on exciting new products like “The Blind Visionary.”
the fact that I’ve been the sole boss who’s used to getting his own way for 20
years has made the transition to a partnership rocky at times, but we’re working
out the kinks. Looking back over the
years, I can see a number of decisions that would have benefited from William’s
insightful counsel, so I’m sold on the idea of collaboration as we move
forward. Well, theoretically
anyway. The emotional thing does every
so often get in the way. William, who
graduated in the top 10 percent of his law school class at Case Western, can
hold his own in debate, and he’s not about to back down when he believes his
position is sound. That’s what I need,
no question, but now and then his being so challenging throws me on the
defensive. But that’s normal, I assume,
and we’re working through the issues.
did have a funny run-in his first week on the job at Governance Edge. William and I had agreed on Monday that he needed
time to settle in and find his sea legs, without pressure, and that I should
step back and give him space, resisting the temptation to hurl “suggestions”
his way. I was sincere, I really was,
but I couldn’t resist peppering him with 10 or 11 emails over the next couple
of days, sharing my thinking on this and that issue. Mea culpa!
Will’s response to this unsolicited advice was succinct and a trifle
brutal, involving his deft use of the delete key. I was appropriately chastened, if not
completely cured, but I’m getting there, day by day.
welcome hearing about similar experiences – father-son, mother-daughter, father-daughter……..Oh,
and I’d like to know if anyone out there is aware of a 12-step program for