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An effective approach to wealth management includes building a family culture and creating cohesion. Clients that truly want to invest in building a family legacy utilize our Philanthropy Services group when they are:
- Concerned about the transition of family wealth.
- Considering how to pass their values.
- Preparing their children so money can be a force for good in their lives.
- Exploring the different ways to be philanthropic.
- Contemplating the legacy they would like to leave.
Family meetings can be a great starting point to begin working on the list above. Making this valuable investment in conducting a regularly scheduled family meeting is one that almost always pays off. Our team is prepared to guide your family through their first family meeting, or offer expertise to enhance ongoing family meetings. Successful families use a variety of tools to build family culture and develop cohesion. It starts with providing the space to begin preparing heirs for the responsibilities ahead, and the peace of mind you will feel as you see your family grow together.
Our professional facilitators help families prepare the agenda and, if requested, facilitate the meeting, which enhances the family communication. Here is a glimpse into one of the exercises that we use working with multigenerational families.
Sparking thoughtful conversations. Building communication, trust, and insight.
Exercise Set Up
- We give each person a chance to do the exercise individually before comparing and discussing his or her selections.
- We set some ground rules. Invite family members to decide if they prefer to choose their cards in silence, or would like to allow for discussion and debate as they go along.
- Gain commitment that this is a safe space free of criticism of anyone’s choices or trying to talk them out of their selections. (Having our team as a facilitator helps tremendously here.)
Finding Your Core Values
- Step 1: Lay out all of the Value cards. Pull out any cards that inspire you and lay them in front of you
- Step 2: Select the top three values that inspire you the most. To help you decide, consider this statement:
“If (Value 1), (Value 2), and (Value 3) were flourishing in the world, it would address many of the problems I care about.”
- Step 3: Make a note of your selection or take a photo of the cards.
- Step 4: Put all cards back on the table and let the next person go through steps 1-3.
Notice similarities and differences. Have each person share why the values they chose are meaningful to them. Discuss what you’ve learned in terms of your past, present, or future.
Understanding each individual family member’s motivations and values, and learning more about each other’s values, deepens relationships and helps to guide the direction for future family meetings. Often we hear family members say, “I never knew that about you.”
If you are interested in scheduling a family meeting to begin building communication, trust, and cohesion, please ask your wealth manager to schedule time with our philanthropy services team.