Character Development


09Jan 2014

Maybe It Would Be Better to Finish Some Tasks Rather Than Start Something New

This is the time of year when many are thinking of New Year’s resolutions, “turning over a new leaf”, and the sort (or we were a week ago.) But I’ve been thinking more  about the role of perseverance in our lives, and in the lives of those who accomplish meaningful accomplishments, than I am thinking about starting a list of

01Dec 2013

Transitioning into Young Adulthood — 5 Steps for a Smoother Pathway

Recently, a few Baby Boomer parents have talked with me about the difficulties their young adult children are experiencing in transitioning from college into adulthood — and asked me to write some tips for young adults to help make this season of their life go better.  Ok, so here are my thoughts. First, let’s understand why so many young people

15May 2011

Am I Making the Right Choices? Using Life Transition Events to Reevaluate Your Life

Life is daily.  And sometimes it is hard to see if the choices you are making on a daily basis are leading to the results you desire in your life. During the late spring and early summer, we have some opportunities to stop and reconsider:  “Am I living life the way I want to?”  “Do my daily and weekly activities

15Mar 2011

The Pain of Personal Growth

I am in the midst of a season of personal growth, and I really don’t like it (the present experience, at least). I react (I was going to say “hate” but that seems too strong) to speakers or writers who say, “Growth is natural.  You don’t see a tree ‘trying’ to grow, do you?  You just need to have the

28Nov 2010

Using Family Traditions to Transfer Family Values

A common issue for most of the families with whom I work is the desire to pass their core values on to the next generations (children and grandchildren). Utilizing family traditions, especially during the holidays, can be extremely impactful in this process. Let me share from our family’s experience — how family traditions can intertwine with reinforcing important family values.

14Nov 2010

Common Concerns in Transferring Wealth — Confirmations from Princeton

Last week I had the opportunity and privilege of being one of three facilitators at an event at Princeton University entitled, “Conversations about Family, Wealth & Philanthropy”. With my long-time friend, Doug Bauer (CEO of the Clark Foundation, formerly of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors) and my new friend, William Zabel (well-know estate planning attorney in NYC and author of The Rich

24Oct 2010

Reflecting Reality — Sometimes Means Telling People Things They Don't Want to Hear

When working with people in my role as a coach or counselor, I often tell them that part of my role is to “reflect reality” to them — to give them objective and honest feedback on how I see their situation, and what choices they actually have (versus the choices they wish they have). Some examples include: *Helping family business

01Aug 2010

"How Will You Measure Your Life?" + Some Observations

Sometimes someone writes an article, or gives a speech, that is noteworthy. Their thoughtfulness and manner of communication is remarkable. And you really can’t add much to what they have already said. But you want to share their thoughts with those important to you. Such is the nature of the article, based on his commencement speech to the 2010 graduating

06Jun 2010

Walking, Jogging & Sprinting: Some Observations and Life Lessons

Recently, I went to our state high school track and field championship meet — it is a wonderful spectacle — thousands of student athletes, coaches, friends and family members in one stadium. Vibrant colors are displayed in the uniforms, supportive T-shirts and baseball caps, and tents (to keep the students out of the sun). Lots of sunshine, sunscreen and water

02May 2010

Facing the Facts: The Negative Impact of Video Games on Our Youth

I have been “holding off” on writing this blog, partly for fear of sounding like Chicken Little (“The sky is falling”, “TV rots your brains”, “Video games are evil”) and partly for fear of sounding like an old fogie (“Things were better when we played dominoes by candlelight”). But I cannot hold my tongue any longer. Just today I received

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