How does entitlement present itself?
What are its causes and consequences?
How do we cure it?
Webster’s describes entitlement as “the belief that one is deserving of certain privileges.” Family Business Wiki says, “Entitlement refers to a sense of being ‘owed’ such benefits as: wealth; employment; and status without having to work to achieve these benefits. Some children who grow up in a successful family business can be inclined to a feeling of entitlement.” Entitlement is more than feeling “owed” or “deserving,” it’s about expectation as well. Indeed, usually the problem isn’t the feeling of entitlement; it is how family members act, and how such actions are perceived by others. The consequences can be dire.
Wanting their children to have all the trappings of the good life, parents help their kids buy homes and even furnish them; they set up trust funds and 529 college savings plans for their grandchildren. And in these actions, there lies an expectation — that this might go on forever, that there’s a bottomless well
So, have the parents been the enablers? Have they unwittingly fostered the belief in their children that money will always be available? Perhaps so.
Many expected that they’ll be able to take the same luxury vacations with their children as they’ve enjoyed with their parents. For most, however, it just won’t happen. Thanks to the economy, “forever” seems to have come to a screeching halt.
As a result, many kids turn to the Family Business as a natural source of opportunity.
But is that opportunity to further entitlement?
Read the SeptemberWhite Paper and join The Network of Family Businesses for a virtual educational Webinar on Thursday, September 26th 2013 at 02:00 PM Eastern Time, with Paul and David Karofsky.
Paul Karofsky is founder/CEO of Transition Consulting Group Ltd. He was the third-generation CEO of his family’s business and is executive director emeritus of Northeastern University’s Center
for Family Business. David Karofsky is president of Transition Consulting Group Ltd. He has more than 15 years of experience coaching executives and working with companies across the globe (www.ForTCG.com).
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