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business acquisitions

Acquisitions: That Company May Be Good to Own, but Tough to Buy

Inaction Dissatisfaction is Preferable to Buyer’s Remorse At a client’s recent board meeting we were evaluating making a bid on a rival business worth $100 million. Our management had spent years positioning itself for the opportunity to obtain this business, and now that acquisition was finally upon us. Even though it was an extremely large […]


business valuation

Business Valuation: Art or Science?

Business valuation is both a science and an art You need both your right and left brains when you set about valuing businesses, which is an endeavor that is mostly science, with a fair bit of art added in. To begin, one must understand the three principal methods of business valuation. Next, one must understand […]


ESOP is it right for you?

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs): Meeting Business Succession Objectives

Does Legacy Rate Higher with You, or Pure Profit? Thinking about selling your business? Is maintaining its integrity and mission more important to you than pure profit? Then an Employee Stock Ownership Plan may be something to consider. Some business owners simply want to derive the highest value from the sale of their company, and […]


firm relationships manager

Something Wicked this Way Comes: Your Company’s Relationship with the Bank Heads South

Managing Your Way Out of Trouble with Your Company’s Lender You are a small business owner and you’ve had a great relationship with your lender. In fact, your relationship manager is a member at your country club. Everything has been great for years, business has been booming and there have been few or no issues. […]


choosing an advisory board

3 Advisory Board Styles to Fit Every Business

Advisory Board Roles and Responsibilities for Any Stage of Business The boards of directors of for-profit and non-profit organizations have the same fiduciary responsibilities: duty of care, duty of loyalty and duty of good faith.  While similar to fiduciary boards, advisory boards are not the same. The purpose and function of a board of advisors […]


business valuation

‘Housekeeping’ Tips to Maximize Business Value

Making Improvements that Will Benefit the Seller and the Buyer As you start thinking about selling your business you should also think about how you might make some improvements to the business to maximize business value to a buyer. Identify the company’s shortfalls and consider fixing them. Look at your business through a prospective buyer’s […]


leaders

Why Is It So Hard For Leaders To (Shut Up And) Listen?

Hey Leaders, It’s Listening Time… I am often asked why it is so hard for leaders to listen. One of the things that I often suggest to people as I’m beginning coaching-related conversations with them is the notion that whenever you are asked a question – and it matters none how well you know the […]


Business Divorce

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Surviving a Business Divorce

Conflicts between business partners are nearly inevitable. Thankfully, there are a number of ways for parties to negotiate up-front. Precautionary agreements give you space to resolve issues more easily or, at least, provide a picture of what the result will be when resolution is not possible.


processing failure

Onwards and Upwards: Processing Failure in the Professional Setting

How to Move on Quickly and Successfully We have all experienced failure in our professional lives. And while no one enjoys opening old wounds, it is important to examine our failures so we can learn from them. In the workplace and in life, processing failure is crucial to success. Think about a time when you […]


The Importance of Succession Planning for a Thriving Family Business

Succession Planning Means Looking Beyond the Second Generation Most family businesses don’t make it beyond the second generation. Even fewer reach the third generation of ownership. Why is that? As much as one generation would like to hand the business off to a next-generation family member, the following critical questions are often not adequately considered: […]


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