Moving Out of the Garage

Moving a home-based business to a professional setting requires careful consideration.

Five Times Two is Better

The true mark of success is when customers purchase from you the second time.

Pitches, Home Runs, and Strike Outs

The same, universal pitch universally does not work for all audiences.

Your Message: Crystal Clear or Foggy

Make sure that your intended message is what the other person heard – It can be very different.

Jump Start Your Business with EMBAs

The unique skill set combination of EMBAs can help a company meet current and future challenges.

With a Little Help From My Friends

Work closely with Boards of Directors, Advisors, and Customers and others as the business grows.

Legal Counsel: Changing Chairs

Legal counsel will shift from providing advice to the entrepreneur to representing the company.

Your Best Friend

Mentor, Advisor, Coach, Sponsor, Objective Feedback

Who Should Sit Around the Table

Deciding who to add to the new company’s ecosystem is critical but not easy.

The Inside Table Roles

There are many indirect or support functions that need to be added sooner rather than later.

Part-Time Employees, Fulltime Experts

The market is filled with individuals with outstanding expertise available on a part-time basis.

Outsourcing - Force Multiplication

Outsourcing allows a company to focus on its core competencies while leveraging others.

Fulltime (but often delayed) Seats at the Table

Critical functions are often ignored with severe consequences encountered later.

Company Boards Overview

To be successful, recruit and engage with experienced individuals in different Board capacities.

Board of Advisors

The use of domain expert advisors can be the difference between success and failure of a startup.

Customer Boards

Customer Boards can provide unique insight into what to do now and in the future.

Board of Directors

Understanding how to operate under the supervision of a Board of Directors is critical.

BoD Interaction Introduction

Maximizing the effective interaction with the Board is the CEO’s responsibility.

BoD Dynamics

The CEO is responsible for the cohesiveness and effectiveness of the Board of Directors.

BoD Potential Friction

The CEO and the Board Members should be aware of some common potential areas of conflict.

BoD Meeting Preparation

Develop a simple, replicable template for Board Meetings to minimize the preparation effort.

BoD Meeting Logistics

Coordinate Board Meetings early to avoid conflicts and follow a standard format.

What to Cover

Develop a standard Board Meeting template to minimize prep time.

CEO BoD Assessment

To provide effective guidance, Boards need the CEO’s objective and candid assessment.

BoD Presentation Tips

It is the CEO’s responsibility during Board Meetings to set a positive, open dialogue tone

During and After the Meeting

Successful Board Meetings require detailed preparation and management of the meeting flow.

Site Statistics

Articles average two pages in length and 793 words and can be read in three minutes or less.

Article Listing - Alphabetically

A listing of articles alphabetically.

What's New and Coming

This collection will never be completed; more material will be added regularly.

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Assessment

Objectively evaluate where you are and what you can control and what you cannot.

Introduction to Mergers and Acquistions

Pre-merger communications often averts poor post-merger performance.

Match Making an M/A Transaction

Try to form a business partner relationship before pursuing a transaction.

M/A Transaction Types

Each type or merger or acquisition will have a lasting impact on the new organization.

M/A Motivation

Understanding each party’s motivation for pursuing a transaction is critical.

Starting the M/A Process

Each controlling entity needs to ask and answer some basic questions about the transaction.

Initial M/A Positioning

Spend time in a detailed “get to know” session early in the M/A discussion.

Why Mergers Fail

Poor employee communication during early transaction discussions usually results in failure.

Management M-A Buy-In

Employee communications with first level supervisors or managers is critical.

Merging Realities

Management must recognize the negative employee feelings when merger discussions begin.

Acknowledge the Obvious

Management needs to address employees as soon as any M/A discussions begin.

Employee M/A Anxiety

Increased levels of anxiety will be ever present until merging activities are complete.

M/A Dialogue

Develop an overall communications plan to ensure consistency of the M/A messages.

M/A FAQs for Employees

Provide an FAQ document to employees replace rumors with factual information.

What It's Worth

The valuation of a company discussed in an M/A transaction can vary widely.

Likely M/A Show Stoppers

Identify issues that could stymie an M/A transaction as early as possible in the discussions.

Article Listing by Number

A listing of articles alphabetically and by number

The Could Versus Should Trap

Creeping feature requests can easily add undue complexity and lengthen the time to market.

Awareness and Urgency

Prospect awareness of what you offer is not enough; they must have a sense of urgency.

Introduction to Volume 9

This volume’s contents do not fit nicely into the structure of the site but may be of interest.

Landing a Job Overview

Landing a new job requires planning, alignment, and execution, just like landing an airplane.

Running To or Away

It is easy to rationalize any new position if one is focused on running away from where they are.

Breadth or Depth Value

Does the candidate and the company want subject matter expertise or general knowledge?

Large or Small Company Support

Some individuals cannot adapt to the differences between large and small company support.

Long-Term Value

Both the candidate and the company need to assess their long-term value in the hiring process.

Hidden Information in Plain Sight

Examine all available sources of information during the interview preparation process.

Bring and Ask Questions

: Interviews need to be two-way dialogues in which both parties ask and answer questions.

They Know All About You

Online information about you will be reviewed during the hiring process; plan for it.

Prepare for Three Questions

Prepare answers to what your past boss might say about you and a mistake you made.

One-Page Resume Nonsense

Providing relevant information should dictate the length of a resume.

Ampersands Should Stay on the Keyboard

Prepare a resume as if it was a paper for a Language Arts class, not as a quick SMS to a friend.

Make it All About Them, Not You

The topline statement of your resume should focus on how you can help the company.

Research by Both

Both the candidate and the company should expend the same effort in researching each other.

Education, Experience, Wisdom

Demonstrating sound business judgment sets candidates apart.

Someone is Watching

Assume that everyone you meet or see is evaluating you as part of your job interview.

There Are Stupid Questions

Ask appropriate and well-thought-out, relevant questions during the interview.

Talk Less and Listen More

Engage the interviewers by asking probing and follow-up questions.

Never Say 'That is a Good Question'

It is OK to pause while you are formulating a thoughtful response to a question.

Know When to Stop

Asking for the job at the appropriate time is OK but asking too early or continually asking is not.

Meet Your Boss's Boss

Your boss’s boss, is the likely person to help your career advancement.

What You and Others Learned

List what you learned during interviews and what you think the interviewers learned about you.

Say Thanks and Mean It

Send non-self-serving information to interviewers to keep you top-of-mind.

Things to Think About

Ask and answer a broad range of questions before committing to starting a business.

Sales Aren't Happening

There are a dozen major activities that can impede the flow of sales that are often missed.

Learning From Losses

There is an outcome for every prospect that starts the sales process. Understand them.

DNA Match

It is important to explore the different characteristics of a candidate and the company.

Tell A Story

Show who you are with stories in your resume.

Movin On Up

The keys to success for larger clients and smaller clients may not be the same.

What Is Next

Identify definitive six-month success goals to keep focused and avoid diversions.

Do Differently

Carefully and regularly review errors and traps you and others have made to avoid them.

Making Time Versus Taking Time

Show others that you are human and truly care about them and not just the work they do.

Hiring Number Two

Hiring someone to help shoulder the load of the CEO in a new company is critical to its success.

Why You, Why Us, Why Now

What’s In it for You and Me are obvious relationship questions that need to be clearly answered.

Dancing with Goliath Introduction

Forming a relationship with a large company first requires careful dancing.

Meeting Goliath

One never knows when an opportunity to meet a Goliath will occur; be ready.

Do Your Homework

Prepare carefully and thoroughly before initially meeting with a potential business partner.

Getting Goliath's Attention

Get Goliath’s attention by talking about increasing their revenue and market share.

Whom Are You Dancing With

Your Goliath contact needs to act as a local guide that helps you through the corporate maze.

Watch Your Ps and Qs

You are on-stage, in full view, during your first meeting with a Goliath act accordingly.

Hidden Goliath Enemies

Individuals within a Goliath can sabotage your efforts; don’t be surprised, but plan for them.

Goliath Landmines

Potential landmines that can derail a David-Goliath relationship are everywhere; be careful.

Tiny Goals for Maximum Performance

Define and focus on very short, easily attainable goals, following the adage of one step at a time.

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