Posts Tagged ‘Building Family Muscle’

Change Takes a First Step

Many of you know why I’ve been glowing the last two months. No, not “with child”. Rather, “with grandchild!” Yes, my husband and I have joined the magical, exhilarating Grandparents’ Club! Words cannot describe the feeling of watching our own daughter and her husband tenderly cherish and care for their own baby. What comes to mind is when the…

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Stepping Into Discomfort

Lessons Learned from Smashed Fingers In early spring I was co-leading an out-of-state Family Council Retreat along with one of my colleagues, Henry Landes. The first day as I exited through the large doors of the gathering room, I slipped my hand in between the heavy door and wall to catch it from banging the…

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Balancing Work Around Summer Schedules

I have to admit, this is an ironic topic for me to write about. First, because my work hours are cut in half during the summer thanks to the flexibility of DVFBC honoring the fact that I have kids home from school. Therefore, I do actually have more time for balance. Secondly, though, this blog…

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2016 Annual Review – Growing Awareness, Acceptance, and Resiliency

For the past several years I have guided leaders through a process of letting go during their Annual Review (see link below to download). We start by reflecting on the past year. This involves asking each other several questions: “What change happened in myself, my relationships, and my business?” “In what ways did I experience…

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Beyond Best Practices … the Real Work

Best practices. We strongly advocate sharing family business best practices at our Forums, in our Leadership Labs, and in our consulting practice. Business families face extraordinary complexity. They seek to navigate, balance, and make decisions about overlapping issues involving family, business, and shareholdership. However, the deeper “work” and conversations these remarkable families must enter into…

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Getting Rid of Stuff & Giving Instead

By Scott Hackman, Family Business Advisor, DVFBC The holidays are full of events around giving and sharing whether you are giving presents from under the Christmas tree or sharing stories about family members. This is a season when people give gifts. This Christmas my wife and I started a practice with our three-year-old daughter. With…

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