We help families recapture joy, wonder, and vibrancy.

Client ProfilesFamilies

Many families suffer from ongoing dramas, cast as a sad and sometimes comical mix of victims, villains, and heroes. The key first step in escaping the melodrama and restoring authenticity within the family is for one family member to step out of the drama and into a place of responsible maturity. This person – sometimes the patriarch or matriarch, sometimes a son or daughter – is normally our entry into the family system. We support this person in maintaining a grounded presence, and then guide other family members into and through the crucial conversations they have avoided with one another.

Only when each person takes 100% responsibility for family harmony does the family dynamic have the potential to be authentic and enduring.

Common family situations faced by our clients include:

  • All family members are reasonably aware and mature. The family elders (parents, patriarch, matriarch) wish to collaborate on a next-generation family plan.
  • An adult child is struggling, lost, or estranged from the rest of the family.
  • An adult child has been raised with a sense of entitlement, and the parents don’t know how to break the pattern.
  • Squabbling or warring exists among adult siblings and the parents don’t know how to mediate.
  • A next-generation child in a family business seeks more responsibility, but the parents or other family members either don’t feel the child is ready or are committed to retaining control.
  • Unclear role definitions, agreements, or succession planning are draining energy in a family business.
  • An adult child in a family business desires a career outside the business, but feels pressure to stay.
  • The family dynamic is dysfunctional. One or two family members are torn on whether to work in and through the dysfunction or exit the dynamic and take care of themselves.

  • Andrew Daly
    General Partner – Gore Peaks Investments, LLC
    “Lasting personal transitions are difficult at best and often feel overwhelming, consuming extraordinary amounts of time and energy. My Personal Transformation Retreat with Jim allowed me to explore my strengths and shadows in a focused, supportive environment. I returned much better prepared for my next great opportunity. Jim’s support has continued beyond the retreat, anchoring the effectiveness and the value.”
  • Frank Buonanotte
    WPO – Southern Seven
    “To say that my work with Jim has been life-changing would be an understatement; life-saving would be far more accurate. Jim’s thoughtful guidance has created the opportunity for me to shift into a completely different life – one filled with joy.”
  • Michael Brown
    YPO – Barbary Coast
    “Crazy as it sounds, my first three-day retreat with Jim changed my life. With what I learned from Jim, I have a whole new framework to think about my life purpose, the relationships in my life, and how to be truly happy.”
  • Arvid Albanese
    YPO – Florida
    “Work hard, play hard was my motto for my first 40 years. I had a successful business and a lot of fun, but my relationships were shallow. When Jim invited me to explore a ‘life beyond myself,’ I was intrigued yet realized I was clueless as to what this would look like. But in some strange way I knew it was a missing link. Today, with Jim’s guidance, I feel I’m a much more grounded person. Although there are times when it feels harder and less fun, I feel I’ve become more joyous, giving, and vulnerable. And it feels great.”
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