Author Archives: Ken Drossman

About Ken Drossman

Ken Drossman is a Managing Director at Oak & Apple Partners, LLC. Ken has spent more than 35 years demonstrating practical financial acumen by leading, advising and guiding privately-owned, small and middle-market companies through financial and operating challenges. He has in-depth experience in all phases of financial, strategic and operating management from hands on cash flow budgeting through acquisition financing, from divestiture of business units to reorganizing and leading newly formed companies. Prior to co-founding Oak & Apple Partners, Ken has been the principal at Lakeview Business Consulting, LLC, which assists entrepreneurial business owners and their companies in achieving their business vision. Ken earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before founding Lakeview Business Consulting in 2006, he served for 18 years as CEO, COO and/or CFO at several privately-owned companies, in industries including financial services for hospitals; digital document storage and outsourced back-office services for professional service firms; design and distribution of personal business accessories through big-box retailers; capital goods manufacturing for national and regional retail chains; and information services for beverage alcohol manufacturing and marketing companies. Previously, Ken was a Partner at Grant Thornton, LLP, where he provided management consulting services to such companies as AT&T, Baxter Laboratories and GTE-Sylvania, as well as many middle-market companies.

My Last Year…

Once again, my friend, a senior executive heading the US subsidiary of a foreign company, has sent  along a brief but pointed update to his prior anonymous posts (see ‘My Boss is an Idiot’ and ‘My Boss is PMSing (Putting More Stress) on … Continue reading

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My Boss is PMSing (Putting More Stress) on the Leadership Team

My friend, a senior executive heading the US subsidiary of a foreign company, has sent  another post following up one he shared with Oak & Apple Partners about a year ago.  He’s  updating his assessment of his situation and especially his … Continue reading

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Raise Prices? Are You Nuts?

Maybe I am, but when the significant cost-cutting opportunities that companies have focused on since the Great Recession began are exhausted, shouldn’t company executives give it serious consideration?  Increased prices translate into increased gross and net profits. There are essentially … Continue reading

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Is Your Business IQ Lower Because of Financial Constraints?

Earlier today, an Associated Press/NYTimes article reported on a study published in the August 2013 issue of the journal Science, authors Anandi Mani, Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir, and Jiaying Zhao reported that the poor show reduced cognitive capability (IQ) and are … Continue reading

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When the Decision is Made for You

My Oak & Apple partner Cal put up a post titled “Hat Trick” not too long ago about an unsatisfying experience at a lululemon store, highlighting how an absence of customer focus led him to decide to stop doing business … Continue reading

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Republican Head, Democratic Heart, and Bad Law

My spouse aptly characterizes me as having a Republican head and Democratic heart; she means that I think analytically but can let my compassion for those less fortunate than us govern my decision-making (consider me a centrist).  But a recent measure introduced … Continue reading

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My Boss Is an Idiot

My friend, a senior executive heading the US subsidiary of a foreign company, recently wrote me the following assessment of his current situation and especially his boss: I am an executive working in a leadership capacity for an international company … Continue reading

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Climbing to the Summit of Leadership

A client, the CEO of a North American subsidiary of an international company, made the climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro this past month.  While technically one “walks” to the top of this East African iconic peak, this is … Continue reading

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Do Leaders Build Confidence or Does Confidence Build Leaders?

Within the past two weeks, we’ve seen two sports figures in the New York area anointed as leaders – the Giants’ Eli Manning and the Knicks’ Jeremy Lin.  Why are these two quiet athletes leaders? One could point to the … Continue reading

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The Emperor’s Wearing the Wrong Clothes

The jacket lining of a grey-pinstripe suit I purchased 16 months ago at Bloomingdale’s had worn very badly.  Having used the suit less than two dozen times, I was surprised at its poor quality.   I took the jacket and my … Continue reading

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