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Philanthropy: Creating a Lasting Legacy with Michael Novak

  1. Philanthropy: Creating a Lasting Legacy with Michael Novak Evergreen Podcasts 42:16

Summary

On this episode of the Driving Change Podcast, Michael Novak, President and CEO at Wellspring Financial Advisors, shares his expertise in understanding the communication required to pass on family values and wealth through generations. He emphasizes the importance of transparency and communication within families, regardless of their wealth. Novak discusses different generations’ challenges and the need to address them to ensure successful wealth transfer. He also introduces two exercises that can help families improve communication and identify shared values: a communication exercise that helps family members understand their communication styles and a values exercise that encourages families to discuss and prioritize their core values. He discusses emotional intelligence and the soft skills required to navigate the complexities of family dynamics and values, and emphasizes the significance of communication, vulnerability, and intentional conversations within families. The conversation also touches on the balance between success and significance. The conversation ends with Michael highlighting the role of Philanthropy in creating a meaningful legacy.

Takeaways

  • Transparency and communication are crucial in passing on family values and wealth through generations.
  • The challenges faced by different generations must be addressed to ensure successful wealth transfer.
  • Two exercises can help families improve communication and identify shared values: a communication exercise that helps family members understand their communication styles and a values exercise that encourages families to discuss and prioritize their core values. Legacy planning involves more than just financial considerations; it requires emotional intelligence and the ability to navigate family dynamics.
  • Communication and intentional conversations are crucial for families to define their values and create a meaningful legacy.
  • Success should be defined on a personal level, beyond financial achievements, and significance is the outcome of living according to those values.
  • Philanthropy plays a significant role in creating a lasting legacy and giving back to the community.
  • Organizations like Bluecoats provide support to families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Chapters

00:00 Introduction to Michael Novak and the Importance of Family Values

05:31 Michael Novak’s Journey into Financial Advisory Services

08:27 Transcending Wealth: Challenges in Family Communication

13:23 Starting the Conversation: Soft Skills and Family Values

21:10 Legacy Planning and Generational Wealth

22:09 The Importance of Emotional Intelligence

24:10 Education and Empowerment for Middle-Class Families

24:22 Defining Success and Significance

39:19 The Role of Philanthropy in Legacy Planning

Find out more about “Bluecoats Charitable organization 

https://bluecoatsinc.org/

Matt Dentino Executive Producer - Driving Change Podcast

I come from a large Italian family. I’m number seven in the line of ten kids!

When my dad passed away some years ago, I was fortunate enough to be there as the end was coming. I was standing just to the right of his hospital bed; he was lying there with his eyes closed. All of a sudden, Dad opens his eyes. He looks up at the ceiling with a look of peace – and maybe accomplishment – on his face. Then he closes his eyes for the last time. I guess out of instinct, I reached down and kissed him on that prickly cheek one last time. My dad left a legacy in that life well lived! A legacy based on three main principles: Family, Service, and Dedication. I do what I do to carry on that legacy to the best of my ability.

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