#21 Create a Legacy of Your Core Values

April 12, 2018

Scott Jeffrey helps  CEOs and entrepreneurs reach their full potential. And the key is that they must know their Core Values.

Do you know your core values? What's the real benefit of knowing yours... as well as others around you knowing theirs?

Scott takes us through a seven-step process to discover our core values. We start with a clean slate... and keep drilling. When we're finished here, and with the joy of more clarity, accept Scott's free gifts to continue your journey.


#22 The Core of StoryCorps

May 3, 2018

I had a brilliant idea once. Put up an ‘interview tent’ in a busy city and invite passers-by to come in and tell their stories.

I didn’t do it.

But StoryCorps did! 15 years later they’ve collected stories from over a quarter of a million people, each telling stories about their lives, archiving their wisdom to be heard from one generation to the next.

Their Mission? Preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

Join me in this energetic chat with Emily Janssen. Associate Director of StoryCorps. And then watch for that Airstream trailer!


#23 Attention Grandparents! Share the wisdom of the ages

May 29, 2018

Starting his career in the early 1900’s, my grandpa was a cowboy, a champion curler, and a beer salesman. But I never learned any of his stories, or wisdom.

I spent some time with him in the 60’s, but I was too young to ask: “Grandpa, what do you believe in? What advice would you give me?”

75 yr. old grandpa, John Boden, won’t let the opportunity to talk to his grandchildren escape. He’s ensuring they hear his wisdom, ideas, opinions and stories. He wants to stir their young minds so they become a little wiser, a better person… and maybe grow up to lead happy and successful lives.

John’s website is a weekly ‘must-watch, must-read’ by thousands of kids at grandpathephilosopher.com

Are you a grandparent? Isn’t it time to ensure your wisdom and stories reach your grandchildren… and great grandchildren, and…


#24 Genealogy: Finding Truths and Family Weirdos

June 26, 2018

Do you know where your great grandparents came from? Or what they did to live? Or where their kids went and what they did?

You might consider becoming a junior genealogist like me.

Genealogy? The dictionary says it’s “a line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor”.

I knew my great grandparents came from Ireland… but that’s all I knew. Working with a genealogist for 15 minutes I learned they landed in Halifax in 1869, the name of their ship, and the names of the seven kids they brought with them. And as we followed that ‘line of descent’, I learned the names of the next five kids they had, including my grandfather.

Join me and Billie Fogarty, President of the Association of Professional Genealogists as we learn about family trees, branches, leaves… and the stories they tell. And if you start your line of descent, have the Kleenex ready!


#25 Your Family’s Legacy? Only 1% Will Be Memorable

July 19, 2018

A Conversation with Steve Marken

President of the Stewardship Council

So, you’ve got some resources you’d like to distribute through your estate plan? You call them your ‘Legacies’. But when you define them, do they give you fulfillment and joy Now? Do you smile as you think how they’ll affect the future?

According the Steve, 99% of family estates don’t incorporate any part of the family’s story, values, goals and characters that give the legacies you want to create the richness they deserve. Most financial and legal advisors don’t know how important this is.

How do you peel that onion and make it a rich experience discovering what those legacies can be?

My conversation with Steve will talk about the two-edged sword of money, about family stories, and about philanthropy that reflects your values.

And then Steve will give you all the questions to ask yourself and your family on this journey to discover your legacies.


#26 FACT: Family Stories Build Resilient Children

August 21, 2018

What’s the secret for a happy family? They talk. A lot.

Dr. Marshall Duke, a renowned psychologist, is my guest on this remarkable podcast episode.

In a research project at Emory University, he created the Do You Know Scale, which asked children 20 Do You Know questions about their family and its history.

The results were quite surprising. Turns out the children who knew more about their family's history had higher levels of self-esteem, lower levels of anxiety, were much better at facing challenges, and a whole lot more.

Yes, family stories are a critical part of a child's emerging identity and well-being. That's why it's so important to hear Dr. Duke share the remarkable story behind the study in this podcast episode.

And don’t feel left out! These stories can and should be told in any family, of any age.


#27 The New Story Creators….Your Kids!

October 17, 2018

When a young person looks at a picture on the wall and asks parents and grandparents “Who is that?”, they’ll be off on a journey that will benefit them thru their lives.

With a little encouragement, the research and writing of the story of an unknown relative can ignite the imagination and light the fire of ‘social history’; the stories of those who came before us, and our personal relationship with them.

The act of finding and telling those stories can be the Trojan horse to change school’s normally boring social studies courses; create better communicators… and be a make-or-break asset for college and career.

Yes, our kids can find and create our legacy stories… and they will be the beneficiaries.