Nurturing Family Culture #3 – The Role of Organization and Governance

The tricky thing about managing families is that members are prone to creating rules but issuing no rule book.  The rules are unwritten, but you’re expected to know them.  These rules that are often based on deep-seated values.  And because … Continued

Nurturing Family Culture #2 – Identification and Clarification

In our first post we defined the importance of nurturing your family culture and underscored that paying attention to human connection has a longer, more sustainable impact on families than focusing solely on passing down financial resources to the next … Continued

Family Culture – Nurture It To Sustain Your Legacy

Family connection, not money, has the greatest influence on multi-generational family continuity. But when many think about legacy, it’s often in the context of multi-generational financial wealth.  Money, though, masks what people are really interested in passing to future generations … Continued

Family Travel: Create Memories and Look Through A Different Lens

Our cellphones didn’t work, and nobody complained. Ok, well, my phone did work, but I used it mostly for navigation. I recently returned from two weeks Morocco with my wife and two daughters.  We hiked the Atlas Mountains, had tea with … Continued

Unclear What to Do With Your Political Distress?

“I am really concerned, but I’m not sure what to do that will make me feel better.” I have heard this refrain a lot in the past several months.   It typically comes from those who are troubled about what will (or … Continued

Know (and Nurture) Your Family Culture

Whether you can easily define it or not, your family has a culture. That family culture can be a source of inspiration, motivation, and resilience. It can also provide clues for how to resolve challenges within your family or prioritize … Continued

Holiday Re-Set Button

Instead of carving turkey, enjoying a meal and watching football with our extended family this Thanksgiving, we ate beans and rice at nearly every meal for six days.  The power went out frequently.  We slept on thin mattresses and took … Continued

Putting the Giving in Thanksgiving

This might hurt my mother’s feeling, but I can live without the creamed onions and the sweet potatoes covered with melted marshmallows.  Despite their stubborn presence at our annual gathering, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s all about the things … Continued