“Send reinforcements, we’re going to advance!”
How more clearly, could the General have worded his message to the Troops? Alas, by the time it went from the Officers through the long chain of command to the Diggers and reached the four thousandth five hundred and first person, at the end of the line, it came out as: “ Send three and fourpence, we’re going to a dance!”
The following simple sentence can be punctuated in several different…
“Dave, are you an asset or are you a liability?” a friend once asked. I was home from college during a break, talking with him about my walk-on status on the college basketball team. I immediately got defensive. “Of course I am valuable to the team,” I reassured myself. “I work hard, and I show up everyday.” My basketball career eventually ended, yet I still reflect on his question. Working hard and showing up are not enough to constitute value in the working world, and they shouldn’t be…Continue
Added by Dave Specht on March 13, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments
“en.tro.py. (1) a measure of a system’s capacity to undergo spontaneous change.
(2) a measure of the disorder in a system.
-Webster II, New Riverside University Dictionary"…Continue
My dentist used to have a sign on his ceiling so you’d see when he tilted the chair back. “The dentist can’t do what the patient won’t do,” it said. Unless you practice basic oral hygiene and listen to your dentist’s advice, was the message, I ultimately can’t save your gums and teeth.
And so it is with family business consultants and their clients. A client hires us with the desire to deal with a problem, ease pain or to prepare for transition. The consultant gathers…Continue
Added by Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D. on March 3, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments
by Carmen Bianchi
Carmen Bianchi Family Business Associates
One of the greatest contentious issues in a family business is how does one goes about employing family members and how…Continue
Added by Carmen Bianchi on March 2, 2011 at 10:03pm — No Comments
Succession planning and the question “who’s best to lead the next generation?” is always a challenge for family businesses. However, many businesses (family and non-family) have decided that a co-leadership (i.e. selecting family members to run the business together) model works best. We had the opportunity to try co-leadership during our term as President and Vice-President of FFI. Here are a few things we learned that contributed to our successful…Continue
Added by Jane Hilburt-Davis on March 1, 2011 at 9:39am — No Comments