Great Nuggets from Denver
Regular readers of this blog know that there’s one annual event on my calendar that I look forward to more that most.
I just got back from Denver, where I spent most of the week trying to milk as much as possible out of the conferences put on by the Purposeful Planning Institute (PPI).
Rendez Vous is the one time each year that I “fill up” with great ideas and input from other members of my “tribe”.
Working with families on the difficult tasks of transitioning their wealth from one generation to the next can be lonely work for some, so getting together with others who do similar work is energizing.
One Nugget at a Time
This was my fifth time at Rendez Vous, and after each one in the past I’ve used this blog space to capture and share some of my thoughts and take-aways.
(There are links at the end to those posts if you’re interested.)
For 2018 I’m taking a “random” approach, sharing some nuggets from my notes from at least a dozen of the thought leader speakers and breakout session leaders.
– Difficult Subjects:
From Emily Bouchard, two of the biggest subjects in everyone’s lives are also two of the most difficult to discuss: Money and Death.
This work involves both of them, so it’s no wonder that bridging those subjects with clients is difficult.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take up the challenge.
– Business Exits:
From John Brown, transitions usually involve owners exiting their business. But the owners want and need to exit on “their own terms”.
If we want to be useful to them, we need to recognize this, and focus clearly on “owner-centric” exit plans.
– Financial Transitions
From Susan Bradley, wealth transitions usually present a lot of confusion to those affected. Within that confusion also lies an opportunity.
Each person needs to “figure it out”, and that often necessitates time and help. If we want to help, we need to recognize that everyone figures it out at their own pace.
– New Vocabulary
As usual, John A. Warnick, the founder of PPI, had plenty to share with his tribe, including an update on the new vocabulary required to advance how we work with “Legacy Families and Families in Business”.
He’s working to compile, clarify and disseminate a primer on the words we use in this space, to improve our ability to work with such families more consistently.
– Five Voices
From Mark Hartnett, I now know about Giant Worldwide’s Five Voices tool, and that based on it, I’m a Connector, as well as a Nurturer.
And my nemesis is the Pioneer, perhaps because that was my Dad’s main voice.
– Don’t Try to “Change” Families
From Matt Wesley, I better understand the folly in trying to “change” any family.
Any attempts to “violently homogenize” a family to fit into a particular way of being is bound to fail.
– Book Club Benefits and Bird Language
From Amanda Weitman, I learned that creating a simple “Book Club” within an organization can have benefits far beyond what anyone could ever had predicted in advance.
From Jon Young, I learned that those who master an understanding of bird language also discover the secrets to sensory integration.
– Appreciative Inquiry and the Importance of Voting
From Courtney Pullen, I learned how quickly one can go from “I have a problem” to “I AM the problem”, and how appreciative inquiry can help resolve that uncomfortable situation.
From Ian McDermott, I better understand the importance of how I “vote” with my Time, Money and Energy, and that “Trusted Advisors” become so when they “trust themselves”, making them “congruent”.
– Adult Development Levels
From Cathy Carroll, following up on Christine Wahl, I now realize that one can only properly advise others up to our own level of adult development.
– Purposeful Planning as a Career
From Michael Palumbos’ panel of industry veterans (Bradley and Pullen, plus Bruce DeBoskey and Kristin Keffeler) I know that we need to keep showing up “dynamically”, should avoid billing for our work by the hour, and not expect many referrals from lawyers or CPA’s.
– Last But Not Least, Jesus
From David York, a perennial favourite PPI speaker, I know that Jesus is considered one of the greatest teachers of all time, yet, according to the bible, he asked many more questions than he answered.
And his most frequent question was “What are you looking for?”
If you’re looking for a tribe to support you in this kind of work, come join us in Denver next July.
My blog posts from previous Rendez Vous: