In order to enjoy working together, you have to not only like each other but also find a common purpose or passion. Even though you’re running a business together now, it’s critical to always put family first.
Mena, Iyana, and Shantee Wright are sisters who together own and operate Wright Productions, a high-end event production, event design and brand management firm headquartered in Los Angeles.
The Wright sisters view working with their siblings as a definite blessing. “We are extremely close, so close that people sometimes refer to us as triplets,” Mena Wright says. Both Iyana and Shantee Wright spoke about the level of trust that they have with each other, which is unwavering. The sisters know they are going to always look out for each other’s best interests no matter what.
While there are challenges, and the sibling relationship can prove “exhausting to manage” at times, all three sisters feel that the pros definitely outweigh the cons, and they wouldn’t want to be in business with anyone else.
In order to enjoy working together, you have to not only like each other but also find a common purpose or passion. Starting a company is collaborative. Be sure that the business you start is one that everyone involved feels excited about. Otherwise, it won’t work.
As the CEO of Wright Productions, Mena, the eldest sister, oversees the company’s vision and mission. She says she always knew her purpose: To help people solve their problems. She just wasn’t exactly sure how to go about that. Starting a family business gave Mena the freedom to “help people in a very unique way – by essentially bringing them into our family.”
Iyana, the COO and middle sister, feels her life purpose changes over time, but the common thread is her desire to uplift and inspire others. Also, like Mena, she feels her life purpose is to build a family empire with her sisters.
Shantee, the CCO and youngest sibling, says that she stumbled into her life purpose. Growing up, she didn’t know what she wanted to do, but she was inspired by her two older sisters. Building a family business is now a definite part of her life purpose.
Source: Fox, MeiMei., April 10, 2018; https://www.forbes.com/sites/meimeifox/2018/04/10/how-to-start-a-family-business-4-tips-from-3-sisters-who-work-together/#155634562a2f