In preparing this blog piece, I turned for inspiration to one of the most important books I read last year, Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation on Wholeness by Stephen Jenkinson. I had gotten no further than the author’s ‘acknowledgements’ page when I came across a statement about his son that stirred images and a longing in me, both as a father and as a son: “My son, Gabriel shows me the grace of his brawny warrior heart. I remember him taking his canoe out through the mist alone, and I honor him and kiss his brilliant feet for finding their own brilliant way.”[i]
To be successful as a multi-generational family enterprise, we must be able to honor our children for finding their own brilliant way—for themselves, the family and the business under their leadership. While this places responsibility on the child for setting out to brave the mists of next-generation leadership, it places equal responsibility on parents for helping our children develop their own warrior hearts.
[i] Stephen Jenkinson, 2002. Money and the Soul’s Desires, A Meditation on Wholeness. Iron Gold of Mercy Publishers, Ltd., Ontario, Canada. Page xi.