Board Meeting Jitters
|We have a Board of Directors meeting coming up in a few days. These are quarterly gatherings to evaluate the winery's state of the union under the leadership of Wilma and The Husband. The Big Daddy presides as Chairman and we have 4 non-family members who serve as directors. Each has a specific area of expertise from finance to vineyards, winemaking, etc. I always feel a bit vulnerable at these meetings even though our board is a terrific group and offers an abundance of support and wisdom to help us navigate this mothership. Nonetheless, it's kind of like putting yourself under a powerful microscope when a privately owned company puts together a formal board of directors. Ghosts don't stay hidden in the closet for long, that's for sure! Frankly it takes a lot of chutzpah and a lot of vintners are so full of themselves they just can't bear the thought. But this is exactly what I'd recommend to anyone working in a family business. It's really the best way to stay objective and professional as well as benefit from the experience and insights of people who care deeply about your business. Besides, board members generally see you in real life terms, not as the trouble maker kid who didn't eat her vegetables or the college drop out who didn't live up to mom and dad's expectations. (Neither of which applies in my case!)|
I'm expecting some peacock and wolf action (see blog post, The Dreaded Family Meeting) and have promised myself to take a deep breath and laugh if this occurs. Otherwise, I'm sure it will be business as usual a look at first quarter sales, a discussion of the 2008 budget, and an update on the overall direction of the company in this wacky world of wine. And, since it's an afternoon meeting, we might even finish with a glass of wine.
All in favor say I.
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