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Men vs Women on surpassing their parents success

Men vs Women on surpassing their parents success

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Children tend to grow up with their parents as role models and therefore their benchmarks of success. Now, here is some real research on generational difference. According to a study by Oxford University academics, men who surpass their parents’ qualifications report lower levels of psychological stress, while those who do worse are more likely to feel depressed, lonely or sad. Women, however, have no such hangups. The study is quite extensive – using European Social…

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Social Media Cheat Sheet for intergenerational targets

Social Media Cheat Sheet for Intergenerational Targets

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What have you noticed about the difference between the way you and other generations (up or down) use social media? I stumbled across a wonderful article that deals with the intersection of two of my favourite topics: intergenerational issues and the impact of social media on society. It analyses the starkly different ways that Facebook is used by Baby Boomers, as opposed to Millenials. It comes from a web site called The Cheat Sheet, which is…

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Generation Wars Young Entrepreneur

Using Generational Influence to Move the Economy

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  I think the notion of generational wars is a perpetual myth (or perhaps a perpetual truth). Every generation has certain influences which drive their attitudes (political & social) and thus the policies enacted by their leaders. It’s very easy to point cross-generational fingers of blame, but very hard to sit in the other-generational seat and play judge. Have the Baby Boomers ruined the US economy (and the world) for the Millenials? That’s what Bruce…

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Heirs to the family business

Heirs to the Family Business

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As The Economist magazine poignantly wrote: “Inheritance is a process, not an event”. According to Australian research, family businesses are ill prepared for succession planning, appointing a new CEO, or even a strategy for the future of the business. The first consideration is whether anyone in the family even wants to take over the business – plenty of children have no interest. Then, decide if the current owner(s) want to hand it over. Any successful…

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Gender in Family Wealth

Gender in Family Wealth

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There are several good reasons why family enterprises should care about making active efforts toward gender equity. If they want family members to be involved, their talent pool is limited, so why waste 50% of their potential? A more diverse leadership team will reap the same benefits that have been noted in the non-family business world. Finally, family cooperation, collaboration and harmony are important to families, so excluding women from paths to leadership can lead…

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Family Office COVID Challenges and Opportunities

COVID Challenges & Opportunities

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Different places around the world continue to deal with the challenges of COVID in different ways. Whether they are experiencing a second wave, or varying degrees of opening up, many of the challenges and opportunities are still present. The issues that have arisen through the pandemic are primal, and place the fragility of life in sharp relief. Our instinctive responses also also primal: fight/flight/freeze, and we can remain locked in such states for a prolonged…

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defining happiness blog by David Werdiger

Defining Happiness; wealth, love, something else?

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Can money buy happiness? And does being ‘happy’ mean something different to those who have wealth and those who don’t? These are the questions considered in a recent research study. Most anyone who has wealth would find it obvious that the answer to the first question is a resounding ‘no’, but it takes the rigour of an academic to first define happiness (life satisfaction and a set of distinct positive emotions), and then examine the…

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intergenerational wealth transfer

Two-speed intergenerational wealth transfer

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Consider This: Are you (and your family) aware of both the direct and indirect ways wealth is transmitted? This can make for a good family discussion about the value and meaning of wealth. The US Federal Reserve have completed a study on how intergenerational wealth transmission can affect wealth concentration. The issue of “inequality” is a popular one – the notion that the rich are the primary beneficiaries of national economic benefit (at the expenses…

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Entitlement impact on family business transition

Entitlement Impact on Transition

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Personally, I think there is too much negativity around entitlement. Transitioning a business is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and “entitlement” comes up in almost every family discussion, presentation or lecture I give. It has become almost a dirty word when it comes to family wealth – something to be avoided at all cost. “How can I prevent my children from becoming entitled?” is what most every parent wants to know. When it comes to family business,…

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Hoe do next gen prove themselves

My Parents Haven’t Given Me a Single Cent

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Consider this from two perspectives: the family and the individual. Do families demand that younger generations prove themselves in some way, perhaps before being allowed to join the family business or take some other role with respect to the family assets? The other side is the view of the younger family member. Being born into wealth can be a lodestone, especially the way ‘privilege’ is a dirty word in some circles. The world loves a…

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