“A willingness to see ourselves in perspective, and to view our problems as relatively routine, provides the emotional space to think more broadly and deeply.”

— John Engels

“An elephant matriarch does not rule by force or fear. In a time of crisis, every member follows her lead. Her authority is complete because she has gained the respect and trust of her family.”

Joyce Poole, Ph.D. Kenyan Elephant Researcher

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December 2014: Principles for Family Gatherings

DECEMBER 1, 2014

A privileged dimension of my work with organizational leaders is the daily opportunity to hear real-life stories about how people respond to challenging relationships.  In the last weeks of the year, the stories turn sharply towards family gatherings. For example, during the days leading up to Thanksgiving, I heard the following:

  • A family business owner’s adult daughter married a man that “just doesn’t mesh” with the rest of the family.  Her parents see him as an aloof, behind-the-scenes troublemaker who controls their daughter.  As they anticipate holiday encounters with their son-in-law, their anxiety kicks in.
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