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Reply To:  Hi there, My husband and I have owned our business for close to 10 years and built it from scratch to a now successful and known brand. We employ 8 people currently. It took a long time and many hours of work to build it up and it is only in the last few years we’ve been able to reap the rewards. It’s been a tough year mentally and we are at a point where we want to throw the towel in. Not because of Covid or financial stresses, the business is doing well at the moment,  but because we are sick of dealing with the day to day dramas of staff and managing people which takes away from the reason we do what we do and the reason behind why we started this business. We’ve also been thinking lately about what is our end goal, what is our exit plan and where to next, can we expand, if so how, do we sell? To who? Close down? What about our lease?  We don’t really want to just throw away 10 years worth of hard work for nothing…But it is getting to the point where this is draining and we feel like we have no real direction. What are our options and who can we go to for advice with this sort of thing? I feel we need a mentor to advise and help guide us on what the next step should be. Would love to know your thoughts. Thanks in advance. An over worked family. 

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Firstly thank you for writing this down, that took courage. I too can really feel the emotion you are talking us through and feel the weight that is sitting on both of you.
I agree with some of the others comments about about getting support, connecting in with a mentor who is impartial can help you see the wood through the trees sometimes.You don’t need to go through this alone!

It has been such a hard period to navigate but from what you have talked through you seem to be in a solid position and should also feel pretty proud that you have build a business that supports yourselves and 8 employees, that will put you in the upper quartile of businesses in NZ so well done!

I know from my experience this year has had different effects on different members of the team and Ive had to be really conscious to not look or react to the behaviour I see, but look for the root cause. There are many things we and our employees are having to deal, some of which we have no idea about. My advise on the staff issues is to be curious and try and see through their truths not your own, it could help build a better understanding for both of you.

Good luck working through your options with the support and if I can help director support in any way I’m more than happy to connect.