Recently, Katie and I spent some time reading through Patrick Lencioni’s book The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family and I can’t say enough good things about it. Like almost all of Lencioni’s books, it is written as a fable with the principles woven into the story. It is a fast read, easily done a couple of evenings.
The point of the book is: families run from one thing to the next and they aren’t sure why. Very few families are focused and intentional about how they spend their time, how they spend their money, what they pass on to their kids. The one character in the book said, “If most companies ran themselves the way families run themselves, they’d be out of business.”
Katie and I took the 3 questions and worked through them for our family.
By the end of talking through it, we’ve been able to articulate a mission statement for our family, the core values of who the Reich family is, what we will embody, give our time and money to, what we will pass on to our kids. It also helps you to articulate what you will spend your time on as a family in the next 3-6 months. Answering this question, “If you as a family accomplish only one thing in the next 3-6 months, what would it be? What 5 things do you need to do to accomplish that?”
If you are married, whether you have kids or not, you are probably too busy and unfocused in how you spend your time. This book is well worth the time to work through as a couple.