The Hush of Closures and the Roar of Success

Amongst the startup community there is a “celebration of failure.” This phrase is intentionally shocking. Who wants to “fail fast?” What does that mean? For those in the know, it means, “we learned what not to do” and for the very best, we learned what not to do very inexpensively! In most large organizations the Read more about The Hush of Closures and the Roar of Success[…]

Deemphasis by Emphasis of Tangible Assets

Growing up on a farm I was surrounded by tangible assets… land, buildings, tractors, implements, shop tools, etc. Maintaining and building stuff gave everyone on the farm a sense of great pride. “We did that” was a palpable, daily utterance… even if only to ourselves. The work, save, buy model of business is a fundamental Read more about Deemphasis by Emphasis of Tangible Assets[…]

The Books We Recommend During the Little Engine Ventures General Manager Training

Following a recent blog post, a subscriber said “it’s nice to see what you are reading, but what do you recommend?” And, then, “How do you put the learnings into action?” At first this is a huge request because we’ve drawn from so many books, each having influenced us in subtle ways. However, the question Read more about The Books We Recommend During the Little Engine Ventures General Manager Training[…]

Navigating Small Business Acquisitions: Understanding the Type, Distance, Pace, and Size of Your Deals

Small business acquisitions have become a vital part of growth strategies for many companies. I’ve been reading about many great, publicly traded service companies –many of whom buy dozens to hundreds of small businesses annually. They jump-start expansion plans occasionally or fit into a regular plan. In this post, we’ll delve into the key factors Read more about Navigating Small Business Acquisitions: Understanding the Type, Distance, Pace, and Size of Your Deals[…]

Reading Annual Reports of Public Companies to Influence Your Small Business

Each year I pick a reading theme that fills in my time. My primary blocks of reading time in our marketable security business line are filled with companies I have already researched before. Once current on those I like to explore. Having a theme for the year helps give me structure so I don’t wander Read more about Reading Annual Reports of Public Companies to Influence Your Small Business[…]