Advice for CEOs

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Board Governance | Business Advice | Employee Diversity

Time to Take a Look at Diversity in Your Enterprise

By: Susan Kearney
February 16th, 2017

Stephen Covey once said, “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” Growth company CEOs should pay attention to this maxim. Mid-February is a perfect time to reflect on where your company stands in this regard, paying special attention to diversity within your board and among your senior executives and partners.

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Business growth | Customers

Branding to Drive Customer Communication

By: Mark Rosenman
February 7th, 2017

Building a distinctive company brand that resonates with the market is important for any business. Middle market companies often aren’t able to afford the services of a brand consultant to help them think through an intricate brand strategy—or a marketing team to “police” internal brand practices. How do entrepreneurs you admire go about defining their brand(s), communicating it to their organization and using it in a meaningful, positive way in the market?

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Business Growth Challenges Defined: You May Be In No Man's Land.

No Man’s Land is the business growth stage where companies become too small to be big and too big to be small.

Only ONE in TEN companies grow beyond “No Man's Land”. To improve your chances, you must first understand if your company is in No Man's Land. Learn more in this guide! Subscribe and get your copy now.

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customer focus | Customers

You Must Reduce Your Customer Concentration—But How?

By: Mark Rosenman
December 21st, 2016

Among the biggest business risks is having your sales concentrated in only a few customers. Lenders, investors and prospective buyers of your company are sure to look hard at this issue. How have you seen well run companies take steps to diversify their customer base?

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Business growth

Improve Team Alignment With The Right People in the Right Seats

By: Kim Denney
December 19th, 2016

Sure. . . You want profitable growth.  Who doesn’t?  But have you heeded the admonition to “get the right people in the right seats on the bus?” What is this bus everyone is talking about?  What if your company can’t even afford a bus?

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vision | Business growth

Paint the Vision First Then Change the Culture to Achieve Business Growth

By: Irene Helsinger
December 8th, 2016

Changing a company's culture is a lot like losing 50 pounds. There are lots of books to read, seminars to attend, and processes to follow. Yet, the vast majority of efforts fail.

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Business Advice | emerging growth company

How to Find the Right Investors for Your Company

By: Newport Board Group
December 5th, 2016

Every entrepreneur looking for investors would like to find backers who have ample cash to invest and who also bring industry knowledge, savvy and contacts. But most entrepreneurs would prefer that their investors be relatively hands off, not inclined to interfere unduly in their business management process. How realistic is it to find such investors?

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