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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Navigator Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982800908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982800904
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,795,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author Gary Klaben is president of Coyle Asset Management, an investment advisory firm located in Glenview, Illinois, near Chicago. In addition, he heads Protinus, an intellectual property firm that helps financial advisors deliver deep support to their clients. Over the past quarter-century, Gary has provided high-touch holistic financial services to business owners and other high-net-worth families. Since 2000, he has written a quarterly newsletter on important non-financial issues facing his clients and their families. He has conducted dozens of seminars, workshops and webinars on various business subjects, and has participated in panel talks regarding financial services. A 1979 West Point graduate and former infantry officer, Gary received his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation in 1989 and Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) in 1995. Gary's book is a call to action for individuals, for families, for clients, for financial advisors -- for anyone who cares about the long-term future.

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Author Gary Klaben is President of Coyle Asset Management, an investment advisory firm located in Glenview, Illinois, near Chicago. In addition, he heads Protinus, an intellectual property firm that helps financial advisors deliver deep support to their clients.

Over the past quarter-century, Gary has provided high-touch holistic financial services to business owners and other high-net-worth families. Since 2000, he has written a quarterly newsletter on important non-financial issues facing his clients and their families. He has conducted dozens of seminars, workshops and webinars on various business subjects, and has participated in panel talks regarding financial services.

A 1979 West Point graduate and former infantry officer, Gary received his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation in 1989 and Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) in 1995. Gary's book, "Changing the Conversation: Transformational Steps to Financial and Family Well-Being" is a call to action for individuals, for families, for clients, for financial advisors -- for anyone who cares about the long-term future.

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It was well written and very easy to read.
Melissa
Gary Klaben's "Changing the Conversation" -- actually a series of conversations -- is insightful in its observations, thoughtful in its message.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Gilbert and Sullivan's song from 'The Mikado' has a firm place in the appreciation of this book CHANGING THE CONVERSATION by the well-informed, thoughtful and caring mind of financial advisor Gary Klaben. In almost any gathering of people - from family to business group to social group - the inevitable groan comes up of 'how do we survive this mess in which we are plodding through?' Well, finally someone has taken the time to address the general level of anxiety about the recession and the failure of government in plugging the holes that seem to multiply by the day if not the minute. The pleasure of reading Klaben's well-written book is his desire to outline the 'journey from dependency to mastery, from self-discovery to multigenerational financial and family realization'.

Klaben moves us from examining our sins of consumerism (no, not that consumerism is a sin, but focus on it as the end all to qualify success and happiness is) to taking charge of making a difference in the manner in which we structure our own destinies. 'Americans own the role of rugged individualism in the world. We seek out new ideas without the restraints seen in other authoritarian cultures that can snatch away freedoms at any moment for any reason. By the early 1980s, the erstwhile hippies and draft dodgers were wearing business sits and holding down positions of authority they had rejected earlier.' He goes on to reiterate that American institutions have disappointed us, that we now have a capitalism revolution. Who's to blame? It is far easier to point the finger at the government officials who are overwhelmed at present with crisis traffic as never before. If we are to survive - and Klaben is confident that we will survive! - then we must change our attitude and our methods of communication and relating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
There is a growing awareness that focusing on accumulating more and more material possessions does not result in an increased level of happiness. Gary Klaben, the author, has given us a series of essays which will help us change the way we think and talk about money, success and family matters.

First he explores the problems facing our nation and traces how we got into the situation we are in today. We are becoming more and more isolated as individuals. "One's real community is waning, and social trust continues to fade."

If we are to regain our momentum as a country it must start with reestablishing a strong family unit and a better sense of trust in our institutions. The aim of this book is to start conversations which will move us away from the narrow focus of materialism and toward a broader focus of community.

The book is based on Mr. Klaben's years of experience as a financial advisor and his own personal life's experiences. He shares many interesting stories from his professional work and his personal life.

There is a wealth of wisdom contained in these essays. We all need to get a better idea of what life is all about and focus more time and effort on living life to the fullest. These essays are a great way to change the conversation in your own mind and the conversations you are having with others.

There is a very good chapter on net worth. He makes a great point that net worth is not really your bank account or stock portfolio but the value you are contributing to the world.

Well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Lajos on October 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Let's face it. Most of us probably "have issues" with money. Money oftentimes gets in the way when it should not. It has an enormous power over us. It causes dysfunctional behaviors, debauches, defiles, and demoralizes. In short, money can enslave us, if we let it become our master. (p. 267-74) In this book, which was written in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, during the 2008-09 recession, Klaben (President, Owner, Financial Advisor, Coyle Asset Management, Glenview, IL; President, Protinus; Master of Science, Financial Services, The American College, 1995; Chartered Financial Consultant, The American College, 1989; Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, West Point, 1979), a renowned financial advisor and consultant, sets forth a "call to action" for individuals, families, and businesses, arguing that our conversations about money need to change, if Americans are to achieve a better future. (p. 33) Intending a "journey from dependency to mastery," the author compiles a series of "conversations" that are meant to function as a "how-to guide to financial realization" (p. 21), a comprehensive strategy for multigenerational financial security and well-being. Each "conversation" or chapter focuses on how individuals, families, businesses, and the world are changing. They were written to help us anticipate future changes, prepare to manage them, and even lead. (p.Read more ›
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