Working in a family business, says Darick Hemphill, is "completely different than any other company I have worked in." To illustrate his point, he shared the following story:
"One day my father and I were so mad at each other, we were actually chasing each other around a truck just like the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry. When we finally ran out of steam, we looked up and there was a brand-new employee staring at us like he was about to witness a murder. My dad and I started cracking up and, to this day, we have no idea what we were mad at each other about. You may love your parents, but that doesnt mean you will like them every day," he says.
Addressing those relationship issues that Hemphill, owner of General Rental Center in Springfield, Mo., and his father, Harold, have dealt with is one of the focuses for the 2009 Next Generation of Rental Owners workshop, to be held March 1 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Seminars on leadership development also will be featured.
The Next Generation Task Force developed these workshop subjects during its meeting this spring, citing relationship aspects of family businesses as one of the most frequent challenges. Seminars will explore the concepts of basic psychology to help attendees tune in to individual dynamics so they can better understand themselves and their co-workers.
Following a networking breakfast, the seminar "Working Together: Analyzing Personality Types," will allow attendees to discover their personality types by taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment and learning how each personality type interacts with others. Thats followed by "Group Dynamics: Decision Making and Communication," which will focus on how group decision making processes can affect goals and how honest disagreement in groups is healthy and necessary for success.
After lunch will be "From the Days of Ozzie Nelson to the Days of Ozzy Osbourne," centering on generational differences in the workplace and how different generations can work together. "Leadership Development: Do You Have What it Takes?" is the final seminar, covering leadership development plans and leadership traits.
A reception concludes the day at the Pulse Loft in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The networking event is for Next Generation members, their parents and their families.
The workshop is for the Next Generation of Rental Owners ARAs membership segment specifically for those who are or will be taking over a family business or employees who will do so and those who currently own a rental business where a Next Generation member will take over.
The cost of the workshop is $125 per person, with the reception an additional $10. Registration is limited. Complete details and online registration are available at www.TheRentalShow.com. ARA members will save $25 off The Rental Show full registration when they register for the Next Generation workshop by Dec. 19.