Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q. My parents own a successful delicatessen and cafe in the small town where my brother and I grew up.

I went to university and started a career as a solicitor but my parents are making it clear to me that they'd love it if I took over their business. I'm not that interested, especially as I'm happy in London, but I feel really bad about letting them down. What's more, my younger brother has hinted that he'd be interested in working with them but I think they feel he's unreliable as he hasn't yet settled into a career I don't know what to do.

A. There's more than one way of letting your parents down. If you gave up your career in London and agreed to take over your parents' business, for which you have no natural aptitude or enthusiasm, you'd never be able to run it to your parents' exacting standards - however hard you tried. And their disappointment would be all the greater for having started with such high hopes and expectations. …

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