This weekend, I had the privilege of being with some students associated with a large family business. This particular family has been in business for the last 130 years, and there are several Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Siblings trying to navigate the future of the business.
They formed a ‘family council’ that meets together every other year to re-connect with members who are living in various locations all over the country, and they asked me to come in and work with the 13-25 year old generation.
At first, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. After all, I’ve mentored thousands of students, but never with the intention of helping an entire group with their future family planning.
I arrived at the venue early to meet a few key members of the planning council, and I can’t tell you how impressed I was. I’ve seen several family businesses go up in flames because family members can’t get along. And I suppose the leaders of this particular family see the future and are trying to curb a disaster pending in the future. They are being intentional to keep all members of the family involved at whatever level they want to be, and there’s an intentional focus on the kids.
I met some incredible students
The first impression of the students during my session was easily one of the most incredibly talented students I’ve been around. Highly motivated, highly educated, and special attention paid to being involved in the world; these students I was with have a unique opportunity to be world changers.
We spent some time getting to know each other, and I began implementing a process of mentorship that begins with ‘knowing and being known.’
After a couple of hours, we had a pretty good handle on who was in the room, and what their particular interests were.
I am more convinced Mentoring is a Necessity
Sometimes we can get so busy with our work, we forget we need people outside our sphere of influence to help us think about the future. As I talked with some of the students individually, they all had a particular creativity that excited them for life. But many were unable to express their own natural giftedness, if they even knew what their gifts were to begin with.
Whole Life Mentoring is a process to help people live in a space where only they can live. I believe we were all created to be a certain person on the inside, and sometimes we just need someone to assess those gifts, and encourage us to live in a space where we feel truly alive in the world. Mentoring is a necessary part of life, and I’m excited to spend more time helping people find what they weren’t meant to be as they navigate through vocations, relationships, and ultimately a feeling of truly living.
I was impressed by a view of intentional future
I’ve never seen a family so committed to raising a group of kids to be a part of the future. There was a real intentionality among this group to create relationships that will ultimately effect the outcome for the future. Cousins who live in different parts of the country often don’t get a chance to know the family who lives in another part; but this weekend was specifically designed to introduce students to one another and create long-lasting memories that forge trust for the future.
How many times do we just get caught in the day-to-day list where we forget to plan for the future? This group was intentional about living in a creative future space.
Over all, I’m so impressed there are families out there interested in building for the future through the most precious resource available–the next generation.
What a ride!!