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Your Business Does Not Run Without You (4-Topic Series – Part 1)

This is a short series covering 4 problems that I see people have when trying to prepare their business for exit. I am covering each as a separate topic, so check back for the other blogs as they are posted. Who are You? Let’s look at two scenarios of why your business does not run…

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Why You Might Be the Reason You Cannot Sell Your Business

One of the top reasons a small successful business is not salable may be because of you, the founder. When the operations of your business depends on the owner to do the work, there is really no business to sell; unless you plan on selling yourself with the business? When you started your business, years…

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Who Needs Time Blocking? You do!

I have a friend that I speak with regularly. We talk about the things going on in our businesses and our lives. During the pandemic she thought the shutdowns would give her more opportunity to implement some new programs and marketing campaigns. The challenge for her was, as a result of Covid, more people needed…

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Employees that Transform Your Business

Organizational structure was set up over a century ago and remained mostly unchanged, since the beginning of the industrial age. Those that paid for the business had all the say in the business. They, and their advisors,  found the funding, decided on the current and future conditions and direction of the company, selected the product,…

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A Story of Two Shutdowns And Their People

I want to tell you the story of two manufacturing companies. Both companies were subsidiaries of large global companies, owned by even larger foreign companies. Both companies had been in business for several decades, were well recognized and respected in their industries, and both had under 500 employees, but they differed in how they treated…

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Sentinels To Change

John P. Kotter, arguably one of the most prolific and well-known experts on the subject of change, uses his experience with hundreds of large corporations as research on the change process and what makes it successful, or not. He has published dozens of books on change and academic articles through Harvard School of Business, as…

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Four Important Points in Change – An Adaptive Process to Success

When describing the general stages of change, I like to categorize the steps into these four points as a overview of what to do. These points are easy to understand but complex to implement. There are always many moving parts and people involved, which requires a lot of preparation and planning and the willingness to…

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Normal is not the old familiar

Getting Back To Normal

On March 13, 2020, I was standing at the front of a large class of college students, trying to find ways to calm their anxiety over the possibility of being off school for a few weeks and maybe losing their semester. The path the Corona virus was going to take was not yet known or…

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Leaders throughout your business

Distributed Leadership

When leadership is distributed throughout a company, adaptive change can be more easily managed. Innovation and creativity comes from all places, not just from the top. People are inspired to control their own future by actively participating in the direction of the company’s future.

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Change is like turning a ship

Like Turning A Ship?

Most of us have heard or used the expression, “like turning a ship” with reference to change in an organization or bureaucracy. This analogy works with respect to the time it takes to have a ship, that is heading in one direction, turn to another direction and then carry on in that direction. The challenge…

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