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Family Coaching with Alex Kirby | E110

Ep. 110

Jason talks to Alex Kirby, Co-Founder and CEO of Total Family Management. It is a company focused on family coaching and helping families through the dynamics and personalities that are in the family to create better cohesion and better family Wellness and long-term satisfaction for everybody. They explore the challenges of entitlement within family businesses and how purpose can be used to unify the family's values and goals. It also touches on the initial steps of onboarding with Total Family Management.

Episode Highlights:

  • 4.12: Jason wants to know how family dynamics change as young families evolve into families with teenagers and adults, and ultimately as the older generation, the patriarchs and matriarchs, transition into their senior years.
  • 4.38: Alex outlines his approach to classifying people into four distinct life stages like the wonder segment, the balance segment, the harmony segment, the wisdom or legacy segment within families and these stages are akin to being sorted into different houses like in Hogwarts.
  • 6.45: Alex highlights that having a clarified vision is crucial for a sense of direction and well-being, regardless of one's age or life stage.
  • 13.18 Alex says, maintaining a healthy, normal relationship with adult children and transitioning from a parenting role to a more peer-like relationship is an important challenge that needs to be addressed over an extended period.
  • 29:02: Alex discusses the concept of passing on values and how purpose can be a unifying factor in families, especially in the context of family businesses.
  • 32:02: Alex discusses the process of engaging with Total Family Management and outlines the steps clients typically go through to make the most of their time with the service.
  • 34:04: Alex emphasizes the authenticity of their company and how everyone in their organization goes through the processes they advocate for, ensuring that they practice what they preach.

3 Key Points:

  1. Jason and Alex discuss the challenges faced by business owners, especially when it comes to succession planning and family dynamics within the business.
  2. Jason highlights several challenges and complexities that arise in family businesses when it comes to succession planning.
  3. Total Family Management offers a transparent and straightforward process for clients to engage with their coaching services, with a focus on providing ongoing support and flexibility to address family dynamics effectively.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “Waiting until the final stage to address important family dynamic and communication issues may not be the most effective approach.” – Jason
  • “Parents often possess the answers to the questions asked during the coaching sessions but may not have explored them before. The goal is to create a safe space for discussing important family matters. “- Alex
  • “If parents care enough to participate in a conversation or coaching session about their children, it demonstrates a significant commitment, which is a crucial step in addressing family dynamics.” - Jason

Resources Mentioned:

  • Facebook – Jason Pereira's Facebook
  • LinkedIn – Jason Pereira's LinkedIn

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