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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!

Ep. 10: Growth Journeys – Across Continents and Cultures

Posted on: September 17th, 2020

Born in Turkey, raised in beautiful Istanbul, and leading teams in Italy and the USA, Mehmet Yuksek knows a thing or two about growth journeys, cultural idiosyncrasies, and several golden rules that helped him succeed on three continents. He shares his favorite business authors, as well as simple and powerful frameworks like “Courage, Focus, Clarity”,…

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Ep. 9: Run your Business as if you were to Sell it in Three Years

Posted on: September 10th, 2020

Amplifying a business by a factor of 10x (in Jeffrey Lazarow’s case from 5 stores to a chain of 49 mall stores in 11 states) requires an open mind, a few powerful guiding principles (like “run your business as if you were to sell it in three years”), hard work and of course some luck…

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Ep. 8: Design Thinking for Manufacturers

Posted on: September 3rd, 2020

Front-end innovation for manufacturers starts with falling in love with a problem, requiring us to clarify assumptions and customers’ needs. If the product is to be a great solution, start with the customer as the hero of this journey, not the product. Paul Miklautsch from Start Something Bold is a thoughtful and bold designer and…

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Ep. 7: Story Behind the Story of a Disruptive Start-up

Posted on: August 27th, 2020

A real estate executive asked “is there a better way?” for home buyers and sellers to find each other. Nick Rabin talks thru the concept his group developed – replacing some of the over one million realtors in the USA charging sellers about $100 billion dollars in broker commissions each year, with a peer-to-peer home…

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Ep. 6: Outsiders Contributing to Family Businesses: a Cultural Perspective

Posted on: August 20th, 2020

There are as many good reasons to bring large company thinking to privately-held smaller businesses, as there are ways to make that work, or not work. Carlos had a long and impressive career with IBM and as CFO for Purina in Mexico, has written on social responsibility and management systems, and was both the insider…

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Ep. 5: Diversity at Work to Foster Growth

Posted on: August 13th, 2020

There are many ways to think about diversity – from federally mandated to diversity of opinions. Here talking with my life-long friend and NYC employment arbitrator David Hyland, who shares his thoughts on top-down and bottom-up approaches to nurturing diversity in ways that can help to foster effectiveness and growth both organizationally and personally. Google…

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Ep. 4: From rags to riches to rags to rich…

Posted on: August 6th, 2020

Doug Stein is a high school drop out with an MBA, who opened restaurants in Arizona, Asia, and Africa, started and sold several businesses in the USA – who better to talk about an entrepreneur’s DNA, skills and attitudes that served him well, and how creativity, courage and a balanced approach to risk and reward…

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Ep. 3: Interim or Fractional Growth Capacity

Posted on: July 30th, 2020

What is fractional growth capacity, for what businesses does it work best, and what impact can a CEO hiring a fractional leader expect? Rock Robinson (I call him the Minister of Sales because he is kind, engaging, and nurturing) is a seasoned sales executive who shares his thoughts on how engagements are effectively structured, and…

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Ep. 2: Managing Quality During Growth Inflection Points

Posted on: July 23rd, 2020

Managing quality creates different challenges as a business moves through different growth inflection points. Nils Larsson (a product and manufacturing expert who worked with hundreds of factories globally for big retailers like IKEA and Home Depot and many mid-sized US factories) shares how processes become more formal and more pro-active as the business grows to…

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Ep. 1: Managing Growth and Self-Imposed Barriers

Posted on: July 16th, 2020

Sometimes it’s not a market competition or financial constraints that limit growth, but “self-imposed” limits. In this episode, we talk with Tom Hattersley (Partner in a business consultancy, Author, Lawyer, and Enneagram Master) about personality types, their impact on company strategy, and the role self-awareness plays in overcoming self-imposed barriers. Google Podcast Apple Podcast TuneIn…

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