Veteran Family Business Advisor, Renée Montoya Lado launches new blog, FAMILYWORKBLOG.COM

Introducing FAMILYWORKBLOG.COM – A new blog about family life, family-owned business, and the challenges and opportunities at their intersection.

DENVER – DECEMBER 17, 2009 – Renée Montoya Lado, expert family advisor and President of her firm, SDL, is proud to introduce her new blog, FAMILYWORK, where she brings over two decades of professional experience in organizational development, behavioral psychology, and family business advising. Drawing upon the unique lessons she’s gained throughout a diverse people-focused career, her new blog offers insight and practical advice to the members of families and family-owned businesses, alike.

FAMILYWORK Blog is dedicated to the extraordinary work, compassion, struggle, and reward that persist in all families. This is a blog that honors families. This is a blog that honors the brave individuals. And this is a blog that honors the timeless institution known as the family-owned business.

Below is an excerpt from her latest blog post in which she addresses some of the challenges looming during the coming holidays:

Imagine two rooms in your mind – they can be any size. Put the holiday memories that make you feel bad in one of the rooms and close the door. Now put the holiday memories that make you feel good in the other room, step in the room too and close the door. Now step through all of the good memories you have, don’t worry about nagging thoughts of hurt or resentment … take a break from all of that. Just think about how much you appreciate or care about the people who are there, think about how much you might have learned from people there, how much they might have made you laugh, how much you miss being with them. Let yourself feel what you are feeling – happy, sad. Laugh or cry out loud if you feel like it or need to. Know that no matter what else is going on in your family or family business you have these memories. They belong to you, they will never change. You can visit them whenever you want to. They have nothing to do with whatever may be going on now during this holiday season.

You may be thinking, “but it doesn’t change anything!” You are correct, but the connections among family members who also happen to be connected by a family business, need a ‘time out’ from the anxiety and complexity that make holidays a mixed blessing for them. If you are still in a strong relationship with your family and you will be spending time with your family this season, this exercise may help you remember the best part of one another, which can then lead to holiday equanimity. If you don’t spend time with each other during the holidays, it might make the season more bearable.

See more at FAMILYWORK Blog today at and have a wonderful Holiday season!

About SDL

Strategic Designs For Learning (SDL) assists organizations in assessing, aligning and developing talent. Specific capabilities include leadership development, executive coaching, team development, and succession - with particular expertise in working with family-owned businesses. SDL provides a unique integration of leadership assessment, organizational development, coaching expertise, and business knowledge to effectively bridge the gap between business strategy and organizational effectiveness. More information is available at

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