How and why to have successful family meetings

Lee Hausner, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Author, shares advice for parents on the importance of having family meetings and how to have a productive one together
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How and why to have successful family meetings

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A family meeting is very much what it says. It is a meeting that is regularly scheduled activity for the family. On a weekly basis, on a monthly basis, the family sits down and talks about what's important for us as a family. Family meeting is where we discuss our values. Family meetings are where we talk abut what's working well in our family, and it's also about talking about what are our challenges and how we are going to deal with the challenges in our family. Family meetings are a wonderful opportunity to assign tasks, to talk about things that are really important to each individual member, but it's an organized interaction. I believe it needs an agenda, and what's really exciting is letting each family member actually run that particular meeting so they become empowered with some leadership through that process of family meetings.

Lee Hausner, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Author, shares advice for parents on the importance of having family meetings and how to have a productive one together

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Lee Hausner, PhD

Clinical Psychologist & Author

Dr. Lee Hausner is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, business consultant and family wealth advisor. She served as the senior psychologist for the Beverly Hills Unified School District for 19 years. She is currently the Senior Managing Director for First Foundation Advisors. An acknowledged expert on psychological issues involving wealth and wealth transfer, she was a presenter at the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, and is a frequent participant at the high wealth/private client conferences for major financial institutions. She is a frequent guest on national radio and television and a quoted expert in national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Times, Forbes, Fortune, Privilege, Town and Country and Worth Magazine.

Dr. Hausner is the co-author with Doug Freeman of A Founder's Guide to the Family Foundation, published by the Council on Foundations and is the author of the seminal work regarding wealth and the family; Children of Paradise: Successful Parenting for Prosperous Families. In addition, Dr. Hausner incorporated her unique six-step transition model for succession in family business in the critically acclaimed family business resource book Hats Off to You 2: Balancing Roles and Creating Success in Family Business, of which she was a co-author.

Dr. Hausner is a graduate of Northwestern University (BA, Psychology), San Francisco State University (MA, Psychology), and Kensington University (PhD, Psychology).

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