What’s Included in Your Family Code of Conduct?
Do you have a family code of conduct? Perhaps you have one and call it something else. Or the idea of a family code may be new to you. But let me back up a step or two to explain why I’m even talking about a code of conduct.
We see in the corporate world that often businesses adopt a set of values. Those values translate into a formal code of conduct included in the employee handbook. The code provides guidelines to employees on how they should interact with each other and with customers in a variety of situations. It frames behavior, attitudes and practices.
But what about a family code of conduct? I frequently write about stating your family’s core values. A code of conduct takes those values and spells them out a bit more.
Some of the more successful families that I see operate with a code. It provides a common point of reference and sets expectations for how family members will treat each other. For example, a family code might include some of the following:
- Complete the job.
- Do the right thing.
- Believe the best about each other.
- Family first.
- Be generous.
- Listen well. Ask questions.
- Serve one another.
- Communicate with gentleness.
- Be honest and direct.
- Don’t gossip.
Does your family see value in having such a code? What are some of the things you’d definitely include in your family code of conduct?
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Published December 18, 2020
Topics: Family Legacy