My father passed away when he was only 52 and I was 26. As you can imagine, I would give anything to spend more time with him. I’m on a mission to help families make the most of their precious time together.
One of the most impactful skills for a good coach is to learn how to ask meaningful questions. After 20 years of working with fathers and their families, I’ve got a few questions I would encourage you to ask your father this Father’s Day. Or, if you happen to be a father, you might consider answering these questions for your family.
Questions for Your Dad:
- If you had the chance right now to talk to the 21-year-old version of yourself, what would you say? What bit of advice might you give yourself?
- If there was a “one thing” you would encourage young people to focus on today what would that be?
- If there was one thing you’ll want to be remembered for someday, what might that be?
- Is there anything you wish you had done more of in your life?
- Is there anything you wish you had done less of in your life?
I want to encourage you to be courageous and do everything you can to engage your family in these types of questions. Too often we get caught talking about things that are not the most important things.
Use this Father’s Day to engage in a meaningful conversation that will provide a wonderful memory and important insights.
Pete Walsh offers family business consulting services, workshops, tools and resources as the founder of the Family Business Performance Center. Subscribe to his newsletter or get in touch to get actionable insights to help your family business grow for generations to come.