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This blog is for owners and executives of growth-oriented businesses who share our growth mindset and passion for building value. Here, we share insights and experiences in our growth journey, things we learned with or from our clients, that can help you reach your next mountaintop. Enjoy!


Posted on: June 11th, 2019

What if you could fuel revenue growth faster, and less risky? What if the binary choice between “grow organically or through acquisition” were too limiting? If there were a third way to grow your company, to build value either for a family business’ next generation or to sell your company for a much higher price…

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Want to help someone?

Posted on: May 24th, 2019

Ernesto Sirolli: Shut up and listen!

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Give Autonomy – Get Innovation

Posted on: May 20th, 2019

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” (Antoine de Saint Exupery, author of The Little Prince) I love this eloquent reminder to search for purpose and articulate to…

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Chance Favors the Connected Mind

Posted on: March 29th, 2016


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Five Acts that help Leaders bring Strategies to Life

Posted on: March 29th, 2016

It does my heart good to read in Forbes magazine a way to close the gap between strategy and execution is the way we help owners and executives of mid-size companies expand their market footprint since 2009 – with a team of Sherpas that do our clients’ heavy lifting, both “designing the railroad at night…

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Innovation Roadmap

Posted on: September 17th, 2013

We’re honored to contribute to our industry peers with a keynote presentation entitled “INNOVATION ROADMAP – Business Building that Defines and Scales Growth”. Executives from (re)ALIGN, Total Biz Fulfillment, Coton Colors, and Michael Aram will present both framework and success stories of innovation and business building at the upcoming GHTA Annual Conference. For a copy of our presentation, click here.

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Digital Strategy 101

Posted on: July 20th, 2013

If you’re building or growing your e-commerce outpost or are otherwise optimizing your share of the roughly $262 billion e-commerce market this year (projected to grow to $327 billion by 2016), you’re probably working with both the less-initiated and highly skilled pros inside your team and with experts from the outside. This presentation by Bud Caddell is…

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Do interesting things and interesting things will happen to you?

Posted on: May 26th, 2013

Sports and Creativity aren’t obvious allies – one evokes images of competition and winning (as individuals and teams), the other of fresh ideas and expression (and discomfort in some individuals). In sports you fearlessly pursue well defined goals, whereas creativity is about new frontiers. We’re in the business of building new businesses (and sharpening existing…

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Start with Why

Posted on: December 16th, 2012

Flying Detroit-Memphis last Tuesday, my seat neighbor engaged me in a thoughtful conversation about WHY. If you want to compel people to act, start with why. He followed up on our chat with a link to this short 18 minute video, which is now required viewing the next time you have 18 uninterrupted minutes. Its basic premise: most people and organizations…

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Posted on: October 14th, 2012

If you had a very crisp metaphor to explain your business’ superiority, you and your sales team would be using it consistently to convince your target market and annihilate your competition, right? This simple idea from a Fast Company article on breakthrough ideas continues to challenge my description of my own business. Crisp metaphors are very powerful. They…

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