Life Stages/Life Challenges


30May 2011

What are we remembering — and why?

Memorial Day in the U.S. represents a variety of things to different people: A day off of work (possibly even paid!) The beginning of summer Going to the lake Having a barbeque with friends and family Having to get together with family The Indianapolis 500 Visiting family gravesites Veterans parades and celebrations Watching old war flicks For me, especially when

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

26Apr 2011

Perspective — How It Shapes Our Daily Lives

The importance of perspective is becoming more clear to me all the time.   Perspective implies a viewpoint — a place from which we are looking at our lives and the world around us.  Pick a specific spot, a physical location, that you have been to in your life.  It could be a beautiful vista overlooking the Grand Canyon, the top

01Apr 2011

5 Bad Ways to Choose a Career

Sometimes we focus on the right way to do a task.  But other times it is helpful to look at the wrong way to do something. In my career coaching with students, young & older adults, I have seen some patterns of bad ways that people have attempted to choose their career direction — and rarely do these approaches work. 

26Mar 2011

Taking the Time for Family Relationships

Most individuals and families I talk to report that family relationships are important to them.  This includes their marital relationship, their relationships with their kids, and also extended family relationships (grandparents, aunts & uncles, nieces & nephews, and cousins).  But like anything that is important to us, ultimately it comes down to “taking the time”.  (This can be true for

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

24Feb 2011

Making Difficult Decisions – Some Principles for Our Leaders to Consider

Our political leaders have some very difficult issues to manage: Not enough tax revenue to pay for commitments made; The need to cut expenditures, with the accompanying result of displeasing (and even angering) constituents in the areas reduced; Seemingly unrealistic expectations from the general public – wanting “less government” and reduced taxes, but still wanting the same level of services provided;

04Feb 2011

Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen,… Understanding Social Change

If you are like me, you may be intrigued by the events of the past two weeks in the Middle East.  The rapid social change that is happening (or trying to happen) in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan, and potentially other countries is both fascinating, curious, and sometimes scary. I clearly have little knowledge or expertise of Middle Eastern politics or

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

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