Some of our favorite TV characters are dads: Don Draper, Tony Soprano, Bill Cosby, etc. What attracts us to these characters, and what can we learn from them? A lot, as it turns out. Here are some of the business lessons you can draw from your favorite TV dads:
Divide and conquer. You can learn a lot from Mitch and Cameron, the gay dads onModern Family, if you run your company with a business partner. To avoid stepping on each other’s toes, the dads split the parenting duties between breadwinning and childrearing, with each having his own domain. Splitting up responsibilities is a more efficient way to get things done in a partnership, instead of everyone having a hand in everything.
Lead with enthusiasm. Modern Family’s dad Phil Dunphy has plenty of wacky ideas, from concocting crazy inventions with his son to tightrope-walking to a cross-country family RV trip. Phil’s passions don’t always pan out, and his family is often less than encouraging, but that doesn’t dim his enthusiasm. If you’re the leader, lead—and don’t worry about looking “uncool” or being popular.
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