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How To Improve Board Effectiveness

September 17, 2014

Arthur, CEO of the major Northeast retailer, Market Basket, was near his wits end. During a board meeting of his company an outside director, Gerry, would not let go of his line of questioning regarding an investment initiative that totaled $45 million dollars. Arthur knew in his gut that this was a good move for the business and did not get why this outside director persisted. Why didn’t Gerry just shut up and trust his decision? Gerry on the other hand, thought his duty as a board member required the question to be answered and discussed. Gerry felt that major decisions should be discussed ahead of time with the entire board instead of informing them after the fact. Gerry just wanted to know how this decision had been made without discussing it with the board of directors. Arthur was adamant and did not feel he needed to have such a discussion at all.


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John Neff

About John Neff

John Neff is a partner with Family Enterprise Consulting whose purpose is to assist family businesses in planning, development and transition. Previously he worked for 20 years in his family’s 3rd generation packaging manufacturing business, mainly in a financial capacity, and remains a board member. John is familiar with strategy and developmental tools such as Compression Planning, Appreciative Inquiry and Quick Response Manufacturing. He is also working to complete a PhD in Management from Case Western Reserve University.


What Makes Business Owners Successful?

September 10, 2014

Over the past year I have had the opportunity to work with four privately-held companies. One company was a rather large second generation business, while the others were relatively small. I had only worked previously with one of the companies, which was a third generation business. Interestingly, this business had a fourth generation high school student working during the summer months. Of the other three, I had conducted considerable research on one before engagement, while the other two were recommended by an existing relationship.


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George James

About George James

George James is the founder of James Consulting Group, LLC, a consulting practice that helps executives and businesses develop more effective decision-making competencies (ReINVENTive Thinking!™) for improving their organization’s performance.


The Top Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs

September 3, 2014

What does it take to be successful running your own small business? Here are the 8 skills every successful entrepreneur has in common:


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Barry Moltz

About Barry Moltz

Barry Moltz gets small businesses unstuck. He is a speaker, author and radio talk host. He can be found at www.barrymoltz.com.


Relationships Never Go Out Of Style

August 27, 2014

There are so many trendy marketing strategies buzzing around these days. “Influence Marketing”, “Collaborative Marketing”, “Content Marketing”, are just a few of the latest and greatest. Everyone is trying to create and/or keep a toehold of market share and some days it feels like people are grasping at the “strategy of the moment” just to make that happen.

I believe that as we move forward in this New Economy, the only thing that matters now and will matter ten years from now, is securing client confidence and ensuring client loyalty. Nothing fancy or trendy there, I know, but in the end, it’s your relationships with your prospects and with your clients will keep your company growing.


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Sarah Robinson

About Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson is a business strategist, speaker and author of the Amazon best-selling book, Fierce Loyalty: Unlocking the DNA of Wildly Successful Communities. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Sarah advises her international clients on how to build thriving, successful communities and set their companies apart from the pack. www.fierce-loyalty.com


Are You Taking Selfies?

August 20, 2014

I am amazed at the popularity of self-portraits. They are everywhere and they cover every event humans take part in. They show the good, the bad, and the ugly. How many selfies are taken each day? Millions! Interestingly, hidden behind this simple action is an incredible opportunity to learn and develop; but you have to broaden your perspective.

A ‘selfie,’ great; I like the picture. It is proof that I am part of what I am experiencing. But what do I see; an image of me doing something. I understand my action in some context, it makes sense to me. It tells a story. Now take this a step further.


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George James

About George James

George James is the founder of James Consulting Group, LLC, a consulting practice that helps executives and businesses develop more effective decision-making competencies (ReINVENTive Thinking!™) for improving their organization’s performance.