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A Script for Meaningful Family Conversations

A Script for Meaningful Family Conversations

When people have infant children at home, they tell themselves that the next stage of parenting will be easier—more sleep, less worry. They, of course, are wrong (but we should probably wait a few years to break the bad news to them). When parents of school-aged children run taxi service to afternoon activities, offer assistance

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A Go-Givers Lunch

A Go-Givers Lunch

Recently I met with a family that instituted a family philanthropy practice based on the business book, The Go-Giver.  If you haven’t read The Go-Giver, it is based on the “trade secret” of  ”The Law of Value – your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.”

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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 buildings

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Help Your Children Fail!

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 they

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Letter to my Grandchildren

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 want

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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 Jon

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Love, Happiness and Money

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 young

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