Many companies and organizations like to think of themselves as “one big happy family,” but how many actively apply the principles of parenting to running a business? Have you ever felt as though your employees were your kids? This book explores the similarity of relationships within the home and office.
The Davidoffs—parents Doris and Philip, with their sons Donald and Douglas—have run several businesses over the last 25 years. When they started their first business in 1980, they were also parents of three young children. They soon found that many of the issues raised in the workplace are the same as those in family life: sibling rivalry, the desire of the youngest to grow, and one child picking on another. All of these issues have their equivalents in office life—employee jealousy, employee growth, and plain office politics.
With anecdotes from their lives in business and together as a family, the Davidoffs present common management situations on a case-by-case basis, helping to clarify the problems, and present solutions that are effective, concise, and sometimes even fun.
About the Authors
Parents Phil and Doris Davidoff own and operate a travel agency and a consulting firm. They have been successful parents and business owners for over thirty years. Together they have written eight textbooks on sales and marketing. They were awarded the prestigious Society of Travel and Tourism Educators’ Award. They live in Bowie, Maryland.
Donald Davidoff, the eldest son in the family, works with Fortune 500 companies as a consultant. He has authored numerous journal and magazine articles, as well as a textbook on customer service. He lives in Fayetteville, Georgia.
Douglas Davidoff is the middle child. He was the youngest regional sales manager in the history of the Hertz Corporation, and has consulted with hundreds of small businesses and specializes in retirement programs for businesses and individuals. He lives in Severna Park, Maryland.
PARENTING THE OFFICE
Doris S., Philip G., Donald M., and Douglas Davidoff
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management
232 pp. 6 x 9
19 b&w illustrations