The hows and whys of enterprising families reinterpreting timeless tales for their NextGen
The International Family Offices Journal
Vol. 5 - Iss. 1 pp. 21–26
A complete change of focus with an entertaining look at classic folk tales - though like most folk tales they are replete with sobering messages - by Asher Noor. After describing how messages are passed to the NextGen he goes through some familiar tales and adds some lessons. For example, ?The emperor's new clothes?, includes the lesson that: The procession does not have to go on. Good leaders stay the course but great leaders are not shy in making U-turns. It is better to admit a mistake and reverse the course than continue parading about one's folly. Then we have ?The ugly duckling? followed by ?Rumpelstiltskin?, where the many lessons include: The king is the decaying mindset that believes old ways of doing business can still turn straw into gold. Innovation at the hands of rank outsiders like Rumpelstiltskin can still produce gold/profit but once their name/knowledge is stolen from them, they are disposable. The likes of Rumpelstiltskin can transform organisations and processes but similar to consultants might wish to jealously guard their knowledge or charge exorbitantly for it. There's more: ?Cinderella?, ?Little Red Riding Hood? and the ?Three Little Pigs?. All have wonderful lessons to share with the NextGen family members. As to the timeless nature of the lessons, Asher's closing quote from CS Lewis is: ?Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.?