This is a family business

This is a family business

How do you pass down the family medical practice generations through generations? Most business families have difficulty passing it down to the next generation. Already in generation two they face challenges when the founder’s dreams are not the next generations’ dreams.

Originating around 5000 years ago in India, Ayurveda has been passed down through successive generations within the same families. My Ayurveda Doctor ……..

The Ayurvedic medical system is one of the most holistic healing systems known throughout the world.  It is a holistic method of healing and operates on all planes of the human system and has been the root of almost all medical disciplines, philosophy, and treatment throughout eastern civilization. Most of the knowledge are passed down verbally from one generation to the next. They work closely together from early years and continue to work together until the leading generation feels confident to pass the baton to the next. They still remain as mentors even when they no longer actively practice.

When you listen to family stories of long-living Ayurveda families or other long-living families, you realize that their longevity comes from the strong pride in their profession, a sense of purpose, and diversity in the family. Not every family member and especially the first son is born with passion and aptitude to be in the Ayurveda profession. It requires long years of training and strong intuition. It is amazing to see them in action when they know my body history better than I do just by checking my pulse, tongue and eyes without the help of any medical tests.

These families often continue the family legacy by ‘adopting’ protégés. Sometimes a family is lucky enough to have children gifted in Ayurveda. There are more times when their children are not gifted in Ayurveda or not interested. Then, they find protégés to develop and groom to be their successors. The best scenario is if a protégé marries one of their children but there are times when that is not an option. Then, they adopt protégés to become part of the family. This is a well-accepted action by a family as all of them consider keeping the tradition of Ayurveda far more important than keeping blood lines. This is how families continue to have the best practices generations after generations. It’s not unusual to see a doctor who is a 12th generation, 20th generation, etc.

Each Ayurveda family has their secret recipes for herbal medicine or inside tips that other families don’t know. Only families share those secrets and know-hows.

I find their traditions very applicable in today’s business families in their succession planning. Families need to think clearly and determine, what’s our purpose, what’s our specialty and who is the best guardian for that purpose and specialty?