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Top Five Checklist for Business Conferences

We’ve all gotten these ubiquitous solicitations from business conference promoters and like me some of you click on the link to dig deeper into the promises. I have attended too many of these business conferences; initially as a participant and later a speaker. Based...

Strategic Planning for Small Business

What’s the Strategic Plan? This is one of the most over-used phases in business and implications of the answer can create anxiety in CEOs, boards and investors alike.  The strategic plan has taken a lot of hits in the business conversations lately, mostly questioning...

BARRON”S Feb 19th Article on GE: How Did It Come to This?

In the Feb. 19 edition of Barron’s featured a story that dissected the valuation of General Electric but the article did not reference the question of “how did it come to this”?  The fall of the GE Empire was driven by both exogenous events and self-inflicted wounds....

Strategic Planning for Small Businesses

What’s the Strategic Plan?  This is one of the most over-used phases in business and implications of the answer can create anxiety in CEOs, boards and investors alike.  The strategic plan has taken a lot of hits in the business conversations lately, mostly questioning...

Early-stage Business Transition

The transition to becoming a profitable mid-stage enterprise is the most challenging period a business will face in its entire lifecycle.  The maturation to a stable business can be particularly challenging for the CEO/Owner who faces new types of risks and decision...

Shareholder Value is a Dumb Idea

In 2009 GE’s iconic CEO Jack Welch denounced maximizing shareholder value as a business objective in an interview in which he bluntly stated “on the face of it, shareholder value is the dumbest idea in the world”.  Shareholder value initially posted impressive results...

US Bankers Continue To Destroy Value

In a capitalist system the financial sector is supposed to be the grease that makes the wheels of the economy move forward – not be the wheels. In their outstanding book 13 Bankers – The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown, authors Simon Johnson and...

The Short Sale

The CEO of a one man company dies outside of his investment bank and the banker who observes the tragedy quickly shorts the common stock of the company. Nice to know much hasn’t changed in the world of investment banking.

Battle for the Top

This snippet presents a confrontation between an angry executive and the company president. The executive is angry about the president’s demanding leadership and aggressive company culture. But who’s right?  Watch the fireworks and curious ending.