The SuccessCare Program
The SuccessCare Program

Mom and dad won't talk
If I were having a conversation with the next generation member, a question I would want to ask is this: What did you and your parents agree to when you took the job?

Getting started with family governance
Family governance is a process or structure to educate and facilitate communication between family members.

15 lessons family councils wish they knew before they started
Whether you are just starting a Family Council or have had one for years, much can be gained by considering the lessons others have learned in making their Family Councils work.


In the fall, when you see the geese heading south for the winter and flying along in a "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way.

It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. Thus, by flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range that if each bird flew on its own. (People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are travelling on the trust of one another.)

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. (If we have as much sense as a goose, we would stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going.)

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. (It pays to take turns doing hard jobs.)

The geese at the back of the formation constantly honk to encourage those up front to maintain their speed. (What do most of us say when we honk from behind!)

Finally, and most important of all, when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot and drops from the sky, two other geese immediately fall out of formation and follow it down to try to help or protect it. Moreover, they stay with it until it is either able to fly again or until it is dead. Then they launch out either on their own or with another formation to catch up with their group. (Perhaps if we have the sense of the goose, we will stand by each other like that.)

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