The Role of Advisors in Consumer Education

In my last blog I discussed how regulators are pushing for greater consumer “financial capability” and how the Irish regulator had recently issued a report on this. In the Netherlands, consumer financial capability is also a huge issue. Yesterday, I met with the Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets (AFM) along with our Country Operator, Symon […]

Knowing Self Increases Financial Capability

Core to my passion is seeing people take more personal responsibility for their financial decisions. In the end this is actually key to your financial success, and overall quality life. To take more personal responsibility means increasing your financial capability. I believe there is an obligation on yourself to get the right financial education and […]

Family Transparency

A common derailer that I have seen in many families is a lack of transparency. There is key information which is not being disclosed to other family members and, in some cases, to key people in a family business. Usually, this is caused by the holder of the information not trusting the other family members […]

Organizing a Family Meeting

How can you have sound family communication if your family never properly gets together as a family unit? Why are you holding back from organizing a family meeting? Are you concerned it will not be worthwhile? More importantly, are you concerned about some hot issues that may get raised? What happens if someone gets very […]

Birth Order and Behavior

One of the questions I am often asked is does birth order influence your behavioral style? Well, based on the research we have performed, birth order does not influence your natural behavior. When I say natural behavior, I mean the core “hard-wired” behavior which is based on genetics and then shaped into you up to […]

Money Influences Leadership

In recent weeks I have been doing some leadership development consulting and coaching. The goal of this work has been mainly to help the leaders to build their emotional intelligence and then generally their self awareness of what is driving the decisions they are making. Typically, most leadership development work of this kind focuses on […]

Information Flows Drive Energy

Last night I was called by a family friend (for the sake of the innocent, Amy) who was being pushed by an advisor to make a major decision in regard to transferring her retirement savings account. Why was Amy asking me the question? Basically, she was feeling uncomfortable and very hesitant. And yet, Amy is […]