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From shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations….my weekly blog

Shirt sleeves to shirt sleeves in three generations is an American translation of a Lancashire proverb, “there’s nobbut three generations atween a clog and clog.” Some say that Andrew Carnegie, the famed 1800s industrialist from Scotland, brought the proverb’s message … Continue reading

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Have you developed an employee incentive system (both financial and otherwise)? – my weekly blog

You have to make sure that you keep the people that are important to your business, both family and key employees motivated.  Most studies conclude that employees are loyal, not only for fair pay but also because they feel: – … Continue reading

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When to begin succession – Is my business strong?, my weekly blog

In an earlier blog entry, I suggested that you have some conversations with stakeholders about the business, where it stood and what your plans were.  Before you commence that conversation, ask yourself, “Is my business strong?”  What if something happens … Continue reading