Monthly Archives: September 2010

Have you ever thought about…The Fundamentals of Success?

Too often we pretend that technology and education have created “new rules” or that modern systems permit us to cut corners and find short-cuts that didn’t exist in the past. While there may be examples where that is true, in … Continue reading

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Executive Pay 2010

From compensation for my daughter who is a junior sales executive at a national company to corporate chairmen – friends at global entities – how to address employee compensation is a critical topic in the righting of the American economic … Continue reading

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5 Early Warning Indicators Your Business Is In Trouble

Is your business in trouble?  It takes no genius to see that many small and middle market companies faced challenges in the steep recession of the past 2 years.  Whether due to luck or to great strategy and execution, the … Continue reading

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The Coach: MVP

On  the  field,  courts,  or  in  the  office,  successful  coaches  are  getting  more  notice  and  may  very  well  be  their  institutions’  “most  valuable  players.” Winning  Ways As  a  manager  or  owner,  it  is  important  that  you  coach  your  team  to … Continue reading

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After the Turnaround

After years of executing successful turnarounds I began to notice something about the companies I had performed the turnarounds on and it surprised me. Having always stayed in touch with my previous employers, clients and friends I would check in … Continue reading

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Value Based Brands

Many years ago an advertising icon, Jerry Della Femina, warned ad agencies about inflating the cost of producing commercials. He likened the inflated costs of advertising to the then bloated cost of movie production. His views were published in 1969, … Continue reading

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No Surprises

A partner in a private equity group (“PEG”) told the management of a newly acquired company that he had only one rule: “No surprises.”  It was his way of indicating that the PEG and he, as its representative, could deal … Continue reading

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7 Steps to Turnaround Your Business

Stabilize Your Environment – simply put, maintain positive cash balances at all times.  Sign for all obligations and sign all checks. Discipline – instill the discipline to act, target results and be accountable with NO exceptions.  Instilling superior discipline teaches … Continue reading

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Communication

E‐mail and texting have killed the art of writing clearly and persuasively. Yet, there are times when compelling written communication is key. For example buying or selling a company requires descriptive memorandum, creating a presentation where there are high stakes … Continue reading

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Oak & Apple: First Seed

Oak & Apple Partners, LLC was founded in the belief that with determination and knowledge, business owners and stakeholders can create a tomorrow that delivers a more prosperous and healthy company. We believe that making money and making the world … Continue reading

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