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Unlocking Growth: Management Series

WARNING! IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS, DO NOT READ THIS! I figured a disclaimer would save folks the time and effort of reading something that may create that uncomfortable “I need to skip lunch” feeling. Truth be known, my good...

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Cars & Capital: It Takes a Team

Continuing the NASCAR theme, today’s blog touches on the subjects of control (keeping drivers in the driver’s seat) and teamwork (a sponsor vs. a team). Any experienced driver will tell you that the secret to successful racing is “power under control” – determining that delicate balance...

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The Fifth, but possibly most Important “M” … MOMENTUM

Sir Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion is often stated as: “An object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion – with the same speed and in the same direction – unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”...

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Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder Have a Swing Coach – Shouldn’t You?

The 2012 World Series has once again proven to be a riveting display of ambition and athleticism, as the Tigers and Giants have combined for several heart-stopping moments in what is shaping up to be a contest for the ages. Powering the Detroit squad...

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Organization to Owner: “It’s Not You, It’s Your MONEY” (Part 5 of 5)

In Part 1 of this of this series, we leveraged the cliché “It’s Not You, It’s Me” as a metaphor, drawing a direct parallel between the dynamics of evolving human relationships and the strikingly similar and inevitable changes in the relationship between entrepreneurs and...

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Organization to Owner: “It’s Not You, It’s Your MODEL” (Part 4 of 5)

In Part 1 of this of this series, we leveraged the cliché “It’s Not You, It’s Me” as a metaphor, drawing a direct parallel between the dynamics of evolving human relationships and the strikingly similar and inevitable changes in the relationship between entrepreneurs and...

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Organization to Owner: “It’s Not You, It’s Your MANAGEMENT” (Part 3 of 5)

In Part 1 of this of this series, we leveraged the cliché “It’s Not You, It’s Me” as a metaphor, drawing a direct parallel between the dynamics of evolving human relationships and the strikingly similar and inevitable changes in the relationship between entrepreneurs and...

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Organization to Owner: “It’s Not You, It’s Your MARKET” (Part 2 of 5)

In Part 1 of this of this series, we leveraged the cliché “It’s Not You, It’s Me” as a metaphor, drawing a direct parallel between the dynamics of evolving human relationships and the strikingly similar and inevitable changes in the relationship between entrepreneurs and...

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Organization to Owner: “It’s Not You, It’s Me” (Part 1 of 5)

Rather than enduring another bland Ohio State football game, at least one Evolution Capital Partner spent the first Saturday of autumn enjoying Rob Reiner’s seasonal classic When Harry Met Sally, a “coming of middle-age” movie, set amidst a backdrop of beautiful fall foliage, and...

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To Reach Mars or the Marketplace – Second Stage is Key

Last Friday, the sun over California was blocked out for a moment, as an enormous Boeing 747 jetliner took a leisurely, low-altitude victory lap up and down the west coast.  Affixed to the roof of this behemoth was the Endeavour, NASA’s sixth and final...

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Fractions & Factions: Here’s the % That REALLY Matters to Entrepreneurs

According to historians, this week marks the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. To celebrate the occasion, New York City police arrested 185 people. While the exact agenda of the protestors remains ambiguous, what is certain is that these demonstrators have succeeded...

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How To Fall in Love With Your Business Again and Grow it

Just like interpersonal relationships, an entrepreneurs’ relationship with his company can grow stale, bland, and boring over the years. Rather than look for a new “fling” however, Inc. contributor  Michael E. Gerber challenges business owners to instead commit to reconnecting with the feelings and...

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Are You Ready to Shift Your Business Growth Into High Gear?

To keep in shape, I train regularly and have participated in a number of triathlons here in the Midwest. While I am ‘serviceable’ in the swimming and running portions of the race, it is in cycling that I truly excel. My Trek racing bike...

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