Synthesis (December 2012)

The Random House College Dictionary defines synthesis as a “process of reasoning in which the conclusion is reached directly from given propositions and established or assumed principles.”   When communicating (whether in business or your personal life) it is critically important …

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Action (November 2012)

I am always amazed at the lack of action I see in companies that are in the midst of crisis.    Problems abound and people generally know what they are but everyone seems to tolerate them for some reason or another.    …

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Thinking Beyond Tomorrow (September 2012)

Most businesses think that strategic planning is something that only Fortune 500 companies need to worry about.  The truth is that all businesses need to think about their strategic direction.  While the time devoted to the strategic planning process differs …

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Exit Timing (August 2012)

Companies are sold for a variety of reasons.   The driving issue can be strategic fit, capital needs, succession planning (especially in the case of family held businesses), duration (in the case of private equity firms) or others.      Regardless of …

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Effective Boards (July 2012)

The difference in company performance between one with an effective Board of Directors and one that is not effective can be dramatic.   In the short run, it may seem like it is easier to have a lax board but in …

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Push Back (June 2012)

It is important to strongly advocate your position.  I don’t suggest arguing just to be argumentative (we all know people who do that).   Rather, be a strong advocate for your position and beliefs.  This was brought home to me recently …

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C-Suite Skills Cont’d (May 2012)

Last month, I talked about the critical skills needed for an effective C-Suite.  In addition to a broad cross section of domain expertise and well rounded individuals, I believe every executive needs to bring Seven Critical Business Skills to the …

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