May 30, 2012
Investigating Family Lineage
Unless the Kardashian family is one of your clients (and The
Practitioner sincerely hopes this isn’t the case), families you serve probably don’t
have camera crews following them around 24/7, video-documenting their every
Don’t worry--I’m not suggesting you set up your clients with reality show
deals of their own. But I AM recommending you carefully listen to the sage
words preached by Judith Kolva--author of this week’s companion article on encouraging
clients to chronicle family histories by interviewing family members about generations
We’re not talking about doing a cursory, slapdash job, here.
We’re talking about clients putting their creative mind through the paces,
clocking in the hours, and doing this the right way. Whether this results in a well-written
book, a carefully-edited video, or a sophisticated multi-media presentation
that cobbles together news articles with photographs, all of these recordkeeping
methodologies have one thing in common. No—it’s not that they’re all labor-intensive
pains in the neck. Well it’s not only
that. More importantly, such investigative efforts tend to lead family members down
paths of contemplation, where they begin to truly consider the origins of their
family enterprises for the first time. This often gives way to a heightened
sense of awe and admiration for those who came before.
Poetic, but is it important?
According to studies, those who appreciate the sources of their good fortune tend
to more carefully preserve their wealth while making smarter business decisions moving
forward. Of course, the pain-in-the-neck component is a viable concern for many. Thankfully, Kolva offers realistic advice
on how to overcome these difficulties and plow through the procrastination
factor that often sidelines these projects. It’s well worth it, because in the
end, families get to enjoy a shiny new keepsake that may be prized by generations
to come. And in my book, that beats a reality show, any day.
Read Judith Kolva's full article here
or by clicking the button below.
About the Contributor:
Dr. Judith Kolva is a personal historian, with a
Ph.D. in the psychology and practice of preserving life stories. Her seminal
doctoral research investigated the relationship between telling life stories
and identifying meaning in life. She is the founder and CEO of Memoir Shoppe,
an international organization that preserves and protects the stories of
exceptional families. Please contact Judith at [email protected].
Be sure to look for The Practitioner: Wednesday Edition
next week in your email or online, when we feature our
very first guest blogger, Andrew Keyt, Executive Director of Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center and President, Family Business Network USA who will discuss grooming next-generation leaders for smoother business succession.
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