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“You sound really smart. Smart doesn’t sell. Soften your message to attract more women.”
A former coach actually said those words to me when I shared with her what I am about to share with you. Yep. She said I sounded too smart. And I almost believed her. So I am super excited to share the theme for 2017. Strategic Family Management. This year is going to be all about strategy.
As a former corporate project manager, this excites me! I love to see a plan come to fulfillment. For some, this may sound a bit contrived and sound like overkill. Strategic plans are for businesses and organizations. Do I need one for my family? YES! A big fat resounding, YES, you need a plan to create the success and outcomes you want for the most important organization in your life. Your Family!
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After reading Patrick Lencioni’s book The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family I realized that the skills we often use to achieve success on the job, in leadership roles, and in business are the same principles needed to create the happy, healthy family environment we desire. That’s how the Strategic Family Management approach came to be. I combined the tools I used as a corporate project manager for Fortune 500 companies and converted them into a system you can use with your most precious investments.
There are four key elements to Strategic Family Management:
- Schedule and Calendar Management
- Budgeting and Money Management
- Balancing Needs and Setting Priorities
- Effective Communication Strategies
Gaining a handle on each of these areas changed my family for the better in so many ways. And it can change yours too. And I can’t wait to see the way your lives and families are changed for the better.
Strategic Family Management – Schedule and Calendar Management
Managing the calendars and schedules of everyone in your family can be a challenge. Especially if your little people (or not so little people) rely on you for transportation. The Strategic Family Management approach to scheduling includes using both monthly-at-a-glance and weekly planning tools. You can easily spot conflicts and calendar challenges before they become a problem on the monthly view and work out the specifics, details and set reminders in the weekly view. We never overbook or miss appointments with this approach. My preferred scheduling app is Cozi Family Organizer.
Strategic Family Management – Budgeting and Money Management
It’s a well-accepted notion that the number one stressor in relationships is money. It’s been studied, researched and documented time and time again. Having a handle on your finances and being open and honest about it with your spouse is a critical aspect of Strategic Family Management. Using a monthly budget, an allocated spending plan, the 52 Week Saving Plan, and the envelope cash system you can take control of your family’s finances like I did.
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Strategic Family Management – Balancing Needs and Setting Priorities
Discovering and developing your child’s unique brilliance is a parent’s most delicate responsibility. We all want our children to be successful in whatever they choose to do. And sometimes we wear ourselves out in the process of finding where they excel. Strategic Family Management includes the use of Multiple Intelligences Theory to identify you child’s strengths. Couple that with their interests and your ability to fulfill the necessary obligations. Voila! Your priorities are set and your #SuperKids will be on they way to super stardom.
Strategic Family Management – Effective Communication Strategies
The most important aspect of any relationship is communication. And not just saying words that you want to say, but actually expressing your needs in a way that the other person can receive, understand and accept. Knowing how to engage each individual member of your family is also important because we do not all communicate in the same way. In any given interaction a person’s response is based upon their love language, the level of emotional intelligence and their personality. Understanding each other’s Love Languages and using The Cycle of Bliss will help your message to be heard each time you have a conversation.
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How will Strategic Family Management help you take control of your family and create the success you desire?