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The 10 Commandments of Buying and Selling a Business, Part 2

By josh | Nov 11, 2016

Wow, a full week in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee!  That’s a long time to be away from home.  That’s OK, though.  It was the first time in recorded history a husband and wife in different industries had their shows in the same city and same hotel back to back.  I learned a ton at the AICPA Forensic … Read more

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The 10 Commandments of Buying and Selling a Business, Part 1

By josh | Nov 4, 2016

This week, I’m in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee with my wife.  My wife is a business owner in the office supplies, furniture, and equipment industry, and Nashville is the site of the annual show.  It’s been a fantastic experience getting to know a lot of other office solutions dealers across the country. I had the privilege of sitting in … Read more

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Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch

By josh | Sep 19, 2016

Inc. magazine defined company culture as “…the shared values, attitudes, standards, and beliefs that characterize members of an organization and define its nature.”  I’m embarrassed to admit it took me the better part of 15 years to figure this culture thing out.  Yes, this CPA used to be focused on the numbers and not the people—please stop laughing … Read more

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Leadership, A Short Story

By josh | Sep 19, 2016

“The true measure of Leadership is influence–nothing more, nothing less.” John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership I once valued 2 businesses with identical family ownership.  The family members were the “silent partners”, and they had hired 2 individual managers to run each of the companies.  I called each of the managers to … Read more

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Cash is the Undisputed King

By josh | Aug 28, 2016

There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of ways to measure the health of your business, but there’s only one way that cuts through the clutter to get to the heart of what is going on:  CASH! I remember one point in my career when I figured out my tough and streetwise client who had built his … Read more

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