How To Measure Acquisition Success

How To Measure Acquisition Success

The acquisition of another company is a powerful tool to execute your strategy. There are books and articles on how to do them, how to plan them, and negotiate them. There’s even a book that addresses why they fail so often, and what to do about it – The Acquirer’s...
Why Winning Business Is Tough

Why Winning Business Is Tough

I met Jeff Thull, a leading thinker in sales strategy many years ago when I brought him into Teamstudio, to create a robust sales process. I’ve tweaked his Diagnostic Sales process many times since then, and embedded it into several businesses that I’ve helped manage....
Scaling Myths

Scaling Myths

We are taught to be careful as we grow our businesses, although that mantra was certainly ignored by fully funded VC backed start-ups swinging for the fences until recently. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal in 2014, Gurley, the legendary Silicon Valley VC,...
Always Be Grooming For Sale!

Always Be Grooming For Sale!

Let’s assume you are running a business with between 2 and 499 employees. You represent 99.69% of American based firms! There are only 18,000 firms employing 500 employees or more. But these larger firms are important, they employ just over 50% of America....
How To Get Better at Strategic Planning – Part 2

How To Get Better at Strategic Planning – Part 2

As we discussed in Part 1, Strategic Planning is a practical process that produces a clear strategic vision for the business, generates a compelling positioning statement and therefore, in context, delivers an aligned set of operational actions to get you there. So...
How To Get Better At Acquiring Companies

How To Get Better At Acquiring Companies

First let’s challenge the assumption – do we need to get better? Every piece of research ever done by PWC, Cass Business School or any scholarly research house points to failure. Most journalists summarize the research by saying that 80% of deals are a failure as...
The Portfolio Partnership Creates The Hub

The Portfolio Partnership Creates The Hub

I founded The Portfolio Partnership (TPP) in 2009 to help management fulfill their potential, to scale their business, safely, operationally aligned to their strategy, creating a predictable economic model. I’ve worked with amazing people, dedicated to improving the...