Shift Your Family Business                                  Monthly Insights                                                        July 2016

Tip of the month:

I was recently struck by something that I read in a coaching newsletter from John Engels.  Here it is:

I’ve noticed that the anxiety of a person about their problem is often a bigger problem than the problem itself."

Wow, and now the more I think about it, the more I seem to see it around me.

Stop and think about this for yourself, and others around you.  If you notice it in yourself, you can start to do something about it, if you notice it in others, by pointing it out to them, they may be able to see things in a new light, and let some of that anxiety go.

So often, we are our own worst enemies. Realizing this is the first step in changing things for the better.

What's new:

Having a son who is a "rising senior" in High School brings with it a new chapter for a family. I have designated myself as the parent responsible for my son's college campus tours, and it is quite the experience.

We have been to info sessions an tours at colleges and universities in Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire, and I am probably forgetting some.  While many of them started to sound the same near the end, there are certainly differences too.

What a cool experience to go through with your child, as you discover which school has a vibe that you both feel as a good fit.  The next few months should prove to be very interesting as applications will go out, replies will come in, and important decisions will need to be made.


Blog of the Month:

It’s NOT about the Money

Outside link of the month:

Family Enterprise Diversified

From KPMG - Strategic Nepotism

An interesting way to look at intergenerational family wealth continuity - I like it.

Extra: for those interested in Bowen Family Systems Theory:

Online Introduction to Bowen Theory ‏Course

(Application deadline is August 15)

This course is put together by the Bowen Center at Georgetown, taught by people who worked with Murray Bowen.  There is no higher source for this stuff!

Until next month's newsletter. I hope you enjoy my weekly blogs in between.

Steve Legler
Family Business Advisor
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