Values are the Foundation of a Successful Family Business Transition
How to maintain family wealth through generations? Get the best financial advisors and managers for operating assets? Other things are more important.
Families of wealth must learn how to work together in the sharing of assets. A key part of that is to integrate their wealth management with their values. That means the values need to be articulated within the family. Then, the family needs clear and open dialogue discussing values as well as financial assets, and why preserving wealth matters to the family and the world around us. That is the foundation upon which successful transition is built.
To raise the next generation responsibly with wealth may require adapting the family’s middle-class orientation to add new strategies where solid values are taught and demonstrated. Large sums of money can have damage on children’s ability to craft their own lives and break out of their parents’ shadow.
When people base their self-worth on financial success, they experience feelings of pressure and a lack of autonomy.
Few families who come to wealth have been prepared for these tasks. They often don’t know these new strategies are even necessary. That is where external advisors can be helpful.
Consider This: Has your family articulated its values? Does that include the values of the rising generation? What is your family’s approach to educating the rising generation with the appropriate values so they can be comfortable in their own skin and good custodians in the future?
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