Adrienne Maloof

Adrienne Maloof talks about the unique advantages and challenges to working with her brothers.

on Dec 23, 2010

It’s a very unique dynamic to work with family. It’s not a typical boardroom by any means. We have our disagreements, but we have to negotiate with each other while keeping in mind that we’re still family and business or no business, that bond won’t change. Over the years, we have figured out how to make this delicate balance work – we agree to disagree sometimes, without sacrificing the mutual respect that should always be there.  We usually debate with a goal and parameters in mind. Maybe that is the difference when it comes to conflicts with casual friends or acquaintances –- that when we find ourselves at odds with them, we are more apt to write off the whole relationship, instead of working through it as we would with family. In any case, I really do love to approach new business opportunities as a family unit, and feel very blessed that we are able to do so.

Speaking of family, mine is coming in for the holiday weekend, and I’m bracing myself for the uncle/nephew bond of mischief that I’m about to face. I might be their mother, but with their uncles in the house, my sons seem to think that they have some pretty powerful allies in their quest for two desserts, basketball in the foyer and midnight movie madness. The number of males that I have to discipline seems to multiply exponentially at these gatherings. I’m already wondering what will get broken, who will be hysterical on their sugar high and which one of them will be scouring the fridge at 2 a.m. I’ll give you a hint -- the usual suspects probably won’t be the boys under the age of 10.

It’s such a good problem to have, don’t you think?

I wish all of you a safe and fabulous holiday weekend filled with gratitude, blessings and cheer!

P.S. So what did you think of Rev Theory? I was a huge fan!