Work ON Your Business, Not Just In It

As a business owner and leader, working ON your business – not just in it – is imperative if you’re going to keep your company on track, moving in the right direction, and reaching the milestones identified for your success and sustained growth. What does that entail? Working ON your business can be summarized as …

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Assessing and Managing Value Drivers

Exit planning is focused largely on optimizing the value of the business, which means you need an understanding and a focus on value drivers. Why is this necessary? The initial steps in an exit plan are straightforward: Choose an exit date. Document foundational information about the company and your exit objectives. Obtain a current valuation …

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Collective Intelligence – The Evolution of a Time-Tested Concept

A borrowed portion of a well-known quote by Forbes Magazine founder, Malcolm Forbes, — “…the art of thinking independently together” — is an enlightened way of saying, “Two heads are better than one,” an expression many of us have likely heard all our lives and benefitted from its application. The basic concept is not new …

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The Power of Setting Goals

If you started 2024 with New Year Resolutions but have struggled to stick with them, there may be good reasons. Some of the reasons people fail at NYRs may also be why business owners might fall short of their goals. These include things like: Too little commitment, not a priority. Not enough time or it …

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Is 2024 Your Year? Why Every Business Owner Needs an Exit Plan

Business owners are accustomed to reading and hearing about exit planning, yet there is often a misunderstanding that it is a cumbersome project that will take time away from running a business. Instead, exit planning is simply a component of good business that yields a more comprehensive business plan, clarifies goals, and improves your likelihood …

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Build a Solid Foundation for the New Year

A look back at this year brings to light three significant areas in which – as a result of their participation in the Exit Planning Peer Advisory Board (PAB) – our members saw positive differences in their companies and in their growth as business owners. Consider these elements as you build a solid foundation for …

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Sorting Out Perceived Obstacles to Exit Planning

I recently was asked by a colleague, “When you first engage with a business owner, what’s their perception about how difficult it is to sell a business?” More often than not, selling a business is an overwhelming concept to a business owner and is behind the multiple reasons we hear from owners who argue that …

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Understanding and Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce

Workplaces are experiencing a historical first – five generations now make up the workforce. There are many benefits to such a diverse workforce and the unique knowledge, expertise, work experience, life experience, and world views that come with it. But managing those differences optimally can be a conundrum for employers and managers. To make sense …

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When Employees Take Ownership, Everyone Benefits

In many companies and industries, much has changed in recent years regarding the roles of leaders and employees and how they interact. In general, these relationships have become less “at arm’s length” and more authentic and human. Leaders are more approachable and willing to show vulnerability while employees want to contribute more, take more responsibility, …

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Resources to Build Your Business and Your Future

Every business owner will eventually exit their business – one way or another. Being prepared with a vision of how that will look enables you to create and execute a sound plan that is most beneficial for you, your family, and your company moving forward. Yet many business owners don’t start planning well ahead of …

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