Replace yourself. The art of freedom.

Replace yourself. The art of freedom.

Business owners are by nature controlling creatures. It’s understandable, right? You had a vision for how you could make the world better, took responsibility for making it happen, and out emerged a business. How can anybody else do it better than you? If that’s your...
The joy of a crisis…and what to do about it

The joy of a crisis…and what to do about it

The call came at 8am on a Saturday morning. There was panic on the end of the phone. “Rod, the warehouse is on fire.” My first question was simple. “Is it a big one?” “I think it’s going to be a very big one,” he replied. My immediate response was clear to me. “Call a...
Dad’s lament. Where are we going now?

Dad’s lament. Where are we going now?

With most family-owned businesses, as the next generation begins to step up into roles within the business, a common picture emerges – you have dad, standing in front, looking around, wondering where everyone else is…and you have the kids, looking at the back of dad’s...
Banking partner. You’re kidding me.

Banking partner. You’re kidding me.

Every business owner loves their bank. Well…not really. We’ve all seen the ads, read the brochures, heard the pitch. But is any of that marketing true? I’m sure you can dredge up five banking horror stories of a bank’s willingness to lend the umbrella when it’s sunny...
What do you mean I’m too controlling?

What do you mean I’m too controlling?

Too many masters Every owner loves their business. Every good owner loves their people. Every great owner loves their vision. It turns out that if you care deeply for your business, value your people and hold to your vision, you’ll also want to serve as many customers...
What’s wrong with my advisory board?

What’s wrong with my advisory board?

So, was it your lawyer or your accountant that suggested you needed an advisory board? In all probability, if you have an advisory board, it won’t have been recommended by a governance professional. They understand something that professional services specialists...
What makes a family business a wealthy place

What makes a family business a wealthy place

What is a wealthy place? It goes beyond money to the heart of abundance – abundance of opportunity, challenge, value…and prosperity. If a family business is not a place of wealth, then something needs to change to stop strangling its abundance. Here are some...
Value versus profit. Who wins?

Value versus profit. Who wins?

Family businesses are often the product of a ‘hardened’ individual who wants to make a difference – and a profit – for their family. An opportunity emerges, and they take advantage of it. Over time, the business grows and even thrives. However, the decisions still...
The leadership crossroads – your most critical diagnosis

The leadership crossroads – your most critical diagnosis

Whatever drove or inspired you to become a business owner – maybe it was believing you could do a better job than your boss, or an opportunity looked you in the eye, or someone gave you a chance – it inevitably started with a sense of great excitement. You likely...