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What to Do When You Hit the Ceiling

Author - Peter M. Beaumont - July 2018
We all have or will hit the ceiling at some point when we are not sure how to grow ourselves or our business. We just seem to lose momentum. This can make us feel frustrated and in some cases, ill-equipped to lead or push through. However, "maxing out" is a normal part of growth. It is not always on the…
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Why Set an Impossible Goal?

Author - Katie Pierce - April 2018
The 2018 Winter Olympics have been over for a few months now and though most of the excitement has died down, there’s one Olympian I keep thinking about, women’s half-pipe participant, Elizabeth Swaney. Swaney didn’t receive a medal. In fact, she placed dead last in her women’s half-pipe competition. Yet, when her run was over, she turned to smile and…

The Leadership Gap in the Green Industry

Author - Terri Wilcox - Feb 2018
Are you feeling the impact of an industry-wide leadership gap? In her article originally published in the February issue of the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) Scoop, Terri Wilcox identifies five leadership challenges that many business leaders are facing as over 3.6 million Baby Boomers set to retire in the next few years. Check out pages 18-23 for insights…

Adjusting Your Succession Planning Mindset

Author - Chad Haldeman - December 2017
Succession: Learning a Painful Lesson As a young division leader of a large media organization, I had assembled a strong team of managers who had performed together at a very high level for some time. We were making it happen! However, there was one manager, a fairly recent hire, who had strong technical knowledge but was out of step with…

Growth Through Acquisition

Guest Author: William Ludwig - November 2017
How do you know the best time to grow your business through acquisition? For business owners, one of the most important decisions made is how to best grow your business. However, growth can be a complicated proposition. How can you best achieve your desired growth goals? By adding more clients, more staff, new product and/or service offerings? Expanding into new…

The Surprising Secret to a Great Transition

Author - Chad Haldeman - July 2017
We see a lot of company founders who are contemplating a transition out of their company. Some get lucky early in life, but in the vast majority of instances where a founder is getting a significant offer, it is not his or her first rodeo. In fact, most owners have had multiple failures and modest business successes before their first big…

Is it Time to Sell?

Author - Jerry Olson - June 2017
How do you know the right time to sell your company? One answer to this age-old question is when someone else is willing to invest more in your business than you are. When you start a business, nobody is willing to invest in its success more than you. You’ve already worked a 40-hour week by Wednesday and, if you’re like…

How Three Moves Quadrupled the Value of this Business

Author - Jerry Olson - Feb 2017
Are you stuck trying to figure out how to create recurring revenue for your business? Automatic sales will make your business more valuable and predictable. However, the secret to transforming your company is to think less about what’s in it for you and more about convincing customers to agree to a monthly bill. Consider the transformation of Laura Steward’s IT consulting…

5 Ways to Get Your Business to Run Without You

Author - Bill Wermager - Dec 2016
Some owners focus on growing their profits, while others are obsessed with sales goals. Have you ever considered making it your primary goal to set up your business so that it can thrive and grow without you? A business not dependent on its owner is the ultimate asset to own. It allows you complete control over your time so that…

Prep and Plan to Sell

Author - Bill Wermager - Oct 2016
Why bother doing it the hard way? Whether you want to sell your business next year or a decade from now, you will have two basic options for an external sale: the financial or the strategic buyer. The Financial Buyer The financial buyer is buying the rights to your future profit stream, so the more profitable your business is expected to…

You-Proofing Your Business

Author - Jerry Olson - Sept 2016
Making your business less dependent on you as the owner has a number of benefits. First, you can scale your company more quickly if you’re not acting as a bottleneck. Second, you get more time to enjoy life outside of your business. Lastly, a business less dependent on its owner is much more valuable to a potential buyer. However, pulling yourself out of…

Six Power Ratios to Start Tracking Now

Author - Jerry Olson - Aug 2016
Doctors in the developing world measure their progress not by the aggregate number of children who die in childbirth, but by the infant mortality rate – a ratio of the number of births to deaths. Similarly, baseball’s lead off batters measure their “on-base percentage” – the number of times they get on base – as a percentage of the number…

How Your Age Shapes Your Exit Plan

Author - Bill Wermager - Aug 2016
Your age has a big impact on your attitude toward your business, and your feelings about one day getting out of it. For example, one person who runs a boutique mergers and acquisitions business refuses to take assignments from business owners over the age of 70. He has found that septuagenarians are so personally invested that they can rarely bring…

Timing Your Exit

Author: Paul Cronin - Apr 2015
When business owners are asked what are the top three things they want from their business at the point of transition 50% say to “maximize the value” of their business; 40.4% say to “minimize taxes” and 38.7% say “to maintain control” over when and how they will exit their business. There are a number of important activities an owner can…
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