Start With Generosity, the Great Equalizer

family growth strategies Published on June 22, 2022

It’s fun to see families bearing down on the idea of multi-generational success. Often, they come to the table with past hurts and they want to start a new conversation. Or they arrive with children who have chosen varying paths — some good, some okay, and some not.

Some of these families know that they need to engage in the hard work of re-engaging and that the process will take time. It is indeed a process.

But in the context of that process, they’d like to know where to start the conversation.

Start with Generosity

Generosity is the great equalizer. It’s the easiest and safest place to start a conversation. It doesn’t depend on years of experience, for example, in a family business. Years of experience in the business is often an unequal playing field. Imagine talking to your father, with his 40 years of experience in the business, about your suggested changes for the business!

In contrast, even the youngest child can come to the table and be moved by the need around them. A child in need. Hungry families. Someone without a home. A neighbor down the street with cancer. Those situations invite acts of generosity in which all family members can participate equally.

Conversations on generosity help you facilitate discussions around what you all care most about as a family. It allows you to begin to make plans together. It gives you common goals to work towards. These are the key steps to bringing unity and clarity for your family’s purpose.

It’s a good place to start. How do you have your own generosity conversations?

 


“Generosity is the great equalizer. It’s the easiest and safest place to start a conversation… Even the youngest child can come to the table and be moved by the need around them.” 


 

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