Women in the Family Business (and Pro Ice Hockey For That Matter)

March 19, 2014Family Business Consulting, Family Wealth Consulting, Wealth Psychology Consulting

Shannon Szabados (pictured) recently became the first female to play in the Southern Professional Hockey league (for the Columbus Cottonmouths) and was the first woman to play in the Western Hockey League in 2002 at age 16. She also won two gold medals goaltending for the Canadian women’s hockey team, most recently in Sochi. Click here for the full NY Times article . While one might imagine that her male teammates might give her a hard time and resist the inclusion of women, that could not be further Read more »

Bringing Children into the Family Business

February 19, 2014Family Business Consulting, Family Wealth Consulting, Wealth Psychology Consulting

One of the main ways that a single entrepreneur takes the first step toward a “Family Enterprise” is by involving the next generation: children. Often, this process is informal; summers and weekends turn into a full-time job after college or right after high school if college is not in the cards. There is, however, such a thing as being too informal about this transition, and it can and does lead to trouble down the road. Here are some suggestions for Read more »

Family Business: Efficient Machine or Social Welfare State?

January 16, 2014Family Business Consulting, Family Wealth Consulting, Wealth Psychology Consulting

Who would describe their family business as a social welfare state? Not many. Although I’ve been called by some families in tears, fearing this is exactly what they had created, it is certainly not the norm. However, upon a closer look many families may find they have traded business value for family involvement. While some families are sophisticated and have formal compensation policies for family members (in addition to other policies regarding how and if a family member earns the Read more »

Cupcakes, Family Wealth and the Power of Giving Back

December 10, 2013Family Business Consulting, Family Wealth Consulting, Wealth Psychology Consulting

Two years have passed since I have accompanied my synagogue’s social action group to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) in Trenton, NJ. I sent some donations since then but a highly prized personal value (and one that my wife and I have worked hard to instill in our children) is getting directly involved with causes that are important and meaningful to us (see also my November post ). I was falling short because I was “busy.”I was becoming the guy who Read more »

Instilling Values in Children

November 8, 2013Family Business Consulting, Family Wealth Consulting, Wealth Psychology Consulting

One of my strongest interests (personally and professionally) is about how values are instilled in children. While virtually all parents desire to hand down their deeply held values, the process for doing so, and its success or failure, has particular importance in wealthy families.  Many of them want to develop motivated young adults with strong character in the face of assets that can potentially dampen or even eliminate the need for work and independence. I am honored to have been Read more »

Family Wealth and Legacy: Values are Valued

July 1, 2013Family Wealth Consulting, Wealth Psychology Consulting

I recently heard an interview with John Densmore (drummer for the famous rock band The Doors). He described the intense conflict he got into with former bandmates Ray Manzerek and Robby Krieger over, primarily – money. No big surprise there. Densmore explained that he was sued by the former band members for harming them financially. He proudly gave the example that he would not agree to accept millions from Cadillac for the rights to a Doors song for a commercial. Read more »