INTRO: Whether you’re together or separated from your family members right now, we know you’re doing your best to stay connected, and desiring to have meaningful conversations, but may be unsure where to begin. All of us are working to make vital pivots to adapt to this new reality, and facing unique challenges. None ofRead more
4 Parenting Tips for Financially Successful Families
In chapter five of my book Legacy, I address the question that is on the hearts and minds of parents, especially parents of financially successful families, and that is: How do I prepare my children for the opportunity and responsibility of wealth? Here are four of the ten tips provided in my book. Principle #Read more
Chocolate Ice Cream & Family Meetings
In the recent past I had the opportunity to attend multi-generational family meetings with financially successful families. Prior to ever attending a family meeting, I had discussed with the Legacy Capitals team what happens at the meetings; however, experiencing it for myself was eye-opening. To draw a parallel, it was like listening to someone talkRead more
Can Money (Alone) Buy You A Legacy?
Can Wealth Buy You Happiness? Or ensure that values pass to the next generation? According to Legacy Capitals, the answer is not necessarily. Wealth, though a unique privilege and a blessing for many, is only the beginning. Legacy CEO Richard Orlando’s mantra “Money serving families not people serving money.” It is the larger family questions and answersRead more
Top 3 Ways the International Tennis Hall of Fame Can Inspire Your Family’s Leadership
Recently my wife and I experienced a lovely getaway to Newport, Rhode Island. In addition to enjoying the restaurants, shops and boats, we spent much of our time at the International Tennis Hall of Fame Club (ITHF) playing tennis. While talking to the ITHF Director of Tennis, I began to learn about the mission of theRead more
Our Venn Diagram Framework for Blended Families
When my wife and I married, she brought to our marriage her daughter from a prior marriage. Since then we have had two additional children (three if you count our dog). In modern nomenclature, we are a blended family. I wasn’t raised in a blended family so it has been a new, enriching, and atRead more
How Big Are God’s Hands?
I was driving with my son to go see a local NBA team play the Cleveland Cavaliers, as part of his birthday celebration. As we were approaching the city (of the NBA stadium) my son, who was sitting in the back seat, began to spontaneously call out the following: “Dad, look how big those buildingsRead more
Help Your Children Fail!
“If your organization can adopt the concept of intelligent failure, it will become more agile, better at risk taking, and more adept at organizational learning” (Rita McGrath, Failing by design. HBR (2011):89.4, 76-83) Because of fear of failure and lack of know-how, many parents create the outcomes in their children that theyRead more
Letter to my Grandchildren
As I have served families over the years, I have been fortunate to work with people with inspirational life stories. For example, individuals who have overcome great odds, built very successful companies, and/or generously share their time, talent, and treasure to bless others. Many, if not all, of these individuals say to me that they wantRead more
Jon Stewart & Cementing Legacies
Whether I am presenting, writing, or coaching, I point out that our legacies are really created by how we choose to live each day of our lives, and our legacies are only cemented when we pass on. This past weekend the NYTimes published an article titled, Jon Stewart Cements His Legacy in ‘Daily Show’ Finale. Although JonRead more
Love, Happiness and Money
We’ve just come out of the season when millions of people buy roses, chocolates and romantic cards; make reservations at crowded restaurants with enhanced pricing; and see pictures of Cupid everywhere. Have you ever asked yourself, “Why Cupid?” or “What is the origin of Cupid?” In ancient Greece, Cupid was known as Eros, the youngRead more
The Prodigal Heir (Part III): Sibling’s Response
In PART I of the Prodigal Heir series, I highlighted the son’s response to his father after “blowing his inheritance.” He said, “I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.” HE TOOK PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS DECISIONS AND ACTIONS. All to often “prodigal heirs” spendRead more