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Watch your pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves – my weekly perspective

Remember a past blog entry, where I urged you to lead by example. One key value, for me being part of an immigrant family, is watching your pennies.  To us it really matters how much a pound of bananas cost. … Continue reading

14 centuries for a family business – my weekly perspective

The world’s oldest continuously operating family business ended its impressive run last year. Japanese temple builder Kongo Gumi, in operation under the founders’ descendants since 578, succumbed to excess debt and an unfavorable business climate in 2006. How do you … Continue reading

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Succession some statistics – my weekly perspective

Demographic trends in North America indicate an inversion of the age pyramid with individuals 65 years and over constituting the fastest growing sector of the population (e.g., Lansberg, Perrow,and Rogolsky, 1988). With this greying of the population, the number of … Continue reading

Work – life balance, some wise words – my weekly perspective

Today, we will take a small detour from our usual comments about business succession.  Work – life balance.  Ah, this is the ever elusive goal of many of us, not to be over generalizing but certainly the goal of many … Continue reading

Thanks and gratitude – my weekly perspective

Be thankful. We baby boomers have been fortunate to have lived through decades of the most prosperous time in much of recorded history. We have reaped (earned) much of these benefits. This accumulation has seemed relatively easy though “a rising … Continue reading

Family enterprise wealth, a blessing or a curse? – my weekly perspective

Sayings, all well put from David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, said in three different languages: – from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in 3 generations – Dalle stelle alle stalle (from stars to stables) – Quien n lo tiene, lo ance; … Continue reading