28 Dec 2020

Business partnerships are like marriages, they are just more complicated! Over the last several years, I’ve coached several business partnerships (individuals or all partners) and one resounding theme comes through – they are messy, can be complicated, are emotional and they are certainly not easy. While the initial concept seems like a win-win, they can also go bad when things change fo...

26 Dec 2020

Business owners burying their heads in the sand in 2020 are really dealing with quicksand. Get out now, or risk being swallowed whole by this year’s perfect storm of catastrophes.   Plan now, plan hard. Don’t wait for the New Year to magically erase this year’s problems. Look at what worked well in 2020. It wasn’t all awful. Or, maybe it was! What went wrong, what went r...

17 Dec 2020

I recently met with an owner of local payroll company that we referred to me by a good friend. We had coffee at Panera – her first meeting in public for a while due to COVID19. We introduced ourselves to each other and proceeded to share some notes on our respective businesses. We quickly hit it off and got deep into our life stories. One subject we talked about was “networking”, as I...

23 Sep 2020

Companies that are surviving, even thriving, have continued to push forward and find new avenues of profitability. From product manufacturing to printing, healthcare to high-tech, businesses of all sizes and shapes face a perfect storm consisting of the pandemic, politics and a panicked economy. Depressing news is everywhere you turn, and dire predictions abound. Amid all this, man...

05 May 2020

We know time is one of our most valuable commodities in business. Yet having time to think, get feedback and figure out how to move past important business challenges well to grow your business is also important. We invite you to make time. We’ve strategically designed our Virtual CEO Business roundtables for business owners and leaders. These sessions are designed as a safe place to ...

15 Jan 2020

Owning a family business can be one of the most rewarding business structures ever created.  Leaving a legacy for the next generation, watching your children grow and learn and lead. Leaving more than just a business, but a lifestyle to continue to pass on and on and on… But…it can also be one of the most intensive, emotion draining and stressful things an owner may ever encounter. Th...

21 Oct 2019

Before we delve into discussing leadership, let’s define the word. What is leadership? Can you define it? I suspect if you ask ten people, you will get ten different answers about what it really means. Conversely when asked to think of a good leader – the image of someone from your life pops into your mind. And certainly, if asked about a bad leader, I suspect that multiple images and...

03 Oct 2019

CEO Roundtables
We know time is one of our most valuable commodities in business. Yet having time to think, get feedback and figure out how to move past important business challenges well to grow your business is also important. We invite you to make time. We’ve strategically designed CEO Business roundtables for business leaders in Indianapolis and the donut counties. These sessions are designed as ...

22 Sep 2019

by Bob Paden, Indianapolis business coach Hope is not a plan This is sobering. A local business broker in Indianapolis reports nine out of 10 business owners who want to sell are turned away. Of the one in 10 that does make it past the first analysis to sell, over half of those company owners don’t get the sale price they hope for or believe the business is worth. Bottom line, hope...

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