Life by Design Tag

Highland is pleased to announce a collaboration between our CEO John Christianson and acclaimed lifestyle author Kobi Yamada on Hello Someday, a new book to inspire and celebrate your retirement. Whether you are retiring or moving into a new phase after a significant wealth event, Hello Someday is a great resource for...

In a corporate setting, hiring decisions are made with many layers of protection for the employer. Candidates are routinely vetted, not just for their qualifications to perform their job, but for criminal background, prior drug use, citizenship or immigration status, and driving record among other things. But despite practicing due diligence in the office environment, I have seen business leaders fall short when it comes to hiring in an even more important setting – their home.

Your job and your life constantly change, so it makes sense that your plan to keep the two in balance also needs to change from time to time. I recently met Micheline Germanos, a leadership coach and consultant, who not only advises business leaders and teams, but was once an executive herself with her own challenges balancing work and life. In this recent article in the journal, “Coaching World,” she wrote about the major shift in mindset she had to make after a big career change.

When the Seattle Seahawks’ season started, quarterback Russell Wilson was by all indications Mr. Perfect. He had a Super Bowl ring, a string of endorsements, and a flawless public image. To put things in perspective, Russell has one of the most high-pressure jobs there is, living and working under the scrutiny of the public eye as a professional athlete, not just any pro athlete but the most visible player on one of the most visible teams in the country’s most visible spectator sport. Sure, no pressure.

Saving up for a comfortable and also fulfilling retirement can feel like a daunting quest, partly because it is difficult to predict your discretionary spending needs decades into the future. As a result, you could end up constantly questioning whether you are saving enough. Beyond providing for the basics like...

Increasingly at Highland, we are communicating with clients digitally rather than in person, as the options and channels for keeping in touch multiply. Email, social media, newsletters, blogs, video chat, and phone calls are substituting for the old-fashioned, face-to-face meeting. It turns out we’re not alone. This report found fewer in-person meetings...

The challenge of living fully is that it requires more than simply changing your behavior. It demands that you question your values, think about the quality of your relationships, and have the courage to confront your doubts and fears. The mindfulness required to live fully, and the importance of taking the time for self-reflection, are at the heart of many of our posts. To be an effective leader, you also have to understand what drives your decisions and behavior.   Do more self-aware business leaders make better leaders? The science seems to indicate yes.