Consulting Conversations: Maintaining Company Culture

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In this next installment of Consulting Conversations, Hank Harris shares a few pointers. I think the answer to both of those questions is somewhat similar. I think if you step back and think, 'what is a culture?' A culture is essentially shared behavior in an organization. One of the most importa...
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Consulting Conversations: The Value of a Consultant to the Company's Board

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In this next installment of Consulting Conversation, Hank Harris shares a few pointers. Board members -- and I sit on six boards myself, so I've got a lot of board experience -- and the one thing that's, I guess, a challenge about being a board member is you're not really there day-to-day. You co...
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Consulting Conversations: Sales and Business Development Training Tips

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Hank Harris shares some tips in the Consulting Conversations installment.Board members -- and I sit on six boards myself, so I've got a lot of board experience -- and the one thing that's, I guess, a challenge about being a board member is you're not really there day-to-day. You come in once a qu...
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Consulting Conversations: SWOT Analysis in Business Succession

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In this installment of Consulting Conversations, Hank Harris breakdown what you should know. Well, taking that backward, nobody needs one. The question is should you have one. The SWOT analysis is a forerunner of strategic planning. It's an acronym that sums up the first piece or first phase of y...
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Consulting Conversations: Company Culture vs the Market's Culture

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In this installment of Consulting Conversations, Hank Harris shares his insights. Who's going to win: the company with the wrong culture for the market or the market? It's an old saying that in a fight between you and the world, you should put your bet on the world. The market will win that fight...
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Consulting Conversations: Dealing with the Failed Successor

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In this installment of Consulting Conversations, Hank Harris answers:We'd like to think that everybody that gets picked as a successor will be the right answer and successful in what they do, but there are times when it doesn't work out that way. The hope would be that you have enough bench stren...
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Consulting Conversations: Leadership Development in Business Succession

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In this Consulting Conversations episode, Hank Harris answers:I think that a couple of things I've seen work well in leadership development in a family business: is I think that if you're bringing family into the business, it is much healthier if those family members work somewhere else and are r...
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How Much Is Enough?

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Life is good. I have my own business, and it affords me a nice lifestyle, nice home, cars, vacations, clubs, and great schools for the kids. Living the dream, and yes, business is good.Or is it? How good should business be – or how much is enough? While every business is unique, there are common ...
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Economics 201- Get Ready Now For the Next Down Cycle

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Most of those cycles occur "organically" meaning they are a function of basic economic factors (supply, demand, pricing, etc.), as well as mass human psychological reactions to those factors. For example, out of the five recessions I have lived through thus far, the first four were caused, respec...
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