The Long, Strange Trip That Is Scaling a Small Business

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Ever had songs you haven’t heard in ages suddenly plant themselves in your head from … who knows where? Today, it’s the Grateful Dead’s “Truckin’” (odd—I was never a fan): Lately it occurs to me … what a long, strange trip it’s been. Why now? Maybe because it’s time for the big reveal. (See below!) … Read More

On being spontaneous … with Polar Bears

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“It’s 46 degrees!” Joe squeals, on hearing the weather report. (To the extent that a grown man and former champion power lifter would actually squeal). “Let’s go to the beach!” “Why?” I ask, maybe a little condescendingly. “The Polar Bears are there!” he replies. Sigh. The beach? Okay, so it’s a little warm for early … Read More

How to Avoid Business Plateau Syndrome

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“There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’.” “It takes a village.” Or my favorite, “You don’t sharpen a knife against a sponge.” All of which is meant to say, if you want a successful business, don’t go it alone. I learned this the hard way.  For years I thought having a more senior business partner would be … Read More

Succession Planning in a Hurry

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As seen in … Kimberly Martinez faced a difficult decision. For lifestyle reasons, she had already chosen to live in Florida, away from the Cleveland, Ohio headquarters of her company, Bonitas International.  Now she had step back as not one, but two, parents concurrently fought their battles with cancer. How will the company function if … Read More