From the Kitchen Table
To the Conference Table
... Recommended ... 4 stars
"From the Kitchen Table
To the Conference Table" is not a cutesy how to, or a storybook.
It IS a short, to the point work of 117 jam packed pages filled with
the type of information every communicating person needs to accomplish
more with greater success with those around them. Laura Michaud,
who well knows the pitfalls of lack of communication between
co workers, supervisors and workers, or family members holds
a MBA, is President of The Michaud Group, and was involved in
her family's business for many years. Today writer/speaker Michaud
shares the knowledge she gained from her nineteen years experience
as VP of Sales and Marketing, board member and third generation
family member for Beltone electronics by conducting seminars
on customer loyalty, employee retention and personal growth.
Writer/speaker Michaud has taken
what might be a boring subject in the hands of a less capable
person and has produced a highly informative, highly readable
work sure to aid those who have a desire to increase their own
ability to deal with co-workers, workers, or family members.
Comprising six well developed
chapters "From the Kitchen Table To the Conference Table"
as a tool for improving work and personal relationships. Family
Meetings are suggested as a method for improving family and business
relationships. Joys and pitfalls of working with those in your
own family is approached in a no nonsense manner laced with good
straight forward hints, information and wisdom as well as a bit
of humor and plain old common sense. I found Michaud's discussion
of communication and behavioral styles and how they affect business
success to be especially enlightening. The chapters on The Value
and Richness in Diversity and How to Make the Difference Work
were filled with excellent examples, suggestions and wit done
up with creativity and a finely focused sense of significance.
Writer/speaker Michaud gets down
to gritty basics as she examines/explains the fact that each
one in the family may have different needs and goals; and the
necessity for not just recognizing but encompassing those personal
needs if the family business is to succeed
I liked the layout of the book
itself…… margins wide enough to pencil in notes are
always helpful in books of the self help genre. I also found
open areas for making lists, or rating the difficulty the reader
may be face when working with a specific family member, a sample
agenda, a behavioral style assessment tool and a blank page between
chapters for jotting more notes. All excellent if the book is
to be used with greater meaning by the reader.
Filled with approaches for shaping
a flourishing, successful family business "From the Kitchen
Table to the Conference Table" is designed to be the preeminent
guide to aid family businesses in reaching their purpose.
Enjoyed the read. Happy to recommend.