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Do You Manage Your Workers' Compensation? – Creating Value

workers-compOne of the largest costs you have in your company is workers' compensation. It’s also one of the more arcane insurances that you buy.

Managing workers' compensation can save you thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars per year. Knowing a few tricks can help you manage this cost.

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Topics: business coaching, for business owners, financial planning, wealth management, stage 3,, stage 2,

It’s Too Bad We Don’t Recognize People Until They Die!

InMemoriamI was recently at a meeting where it was opened with a picture of a person who had been instrumental in the success of the company. The CEO of the company started singing the praises of this person. Unfortunately, the person the CEO was talking about was dead. He never got a chance to hear how important he was to the company.

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Topics: communication, financial planning, wealth management, communication skills, estate planning, stage 3,, stage 2,

What Is Grantor’s Remorse And Why Should You Care - Wealth Management

giftIf you own a business you’ve probably heard about seller’s remorse. That’s when a business owner sells their business and very soon afterwards is sorry they ever did the deal. This is a real issue in the world of business planning.

There’s another type of remorse I often run across. It’s called grantor’s remorse. That’s when someone irrevocably gives something away to a family member and then comes to be sorry that they gave the gift.

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Topics: wealth management, Children, family, estate planning

What I’ve Learned About Profits First

profits_before_growthI’ve written a bunch of blog posts about why profits are more important than growth. It’s funny how the people who respond negatively to these posts are advisors or people who used to be in business. Business owners who have successful companies seem to get this principle.

If you own a business you’ve been down this road.

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Topics: profitability, for business owners

Financial Planning Is About Direction - Retirement Planning

financial_planning-1I’m always amused at financial planning meetings when the subject turns to financial planning software. More often than not, the more complicated software gets higher grades from planners than simple software. Many planners actually believe the plans they product are accurate. After all, isn’t that what you pay us for?

Think about working with your doctor.

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Topics: retirement planning, asset management, financial planning, wealth management, Change

Don’t Forget To Live For Today - Personal Growth

here_and_nowThere have been thousands and maybe even millions of suggestions about how to become more successful. I think most of them boil down to three things: Learning from the past, looking at the future, and being present while you’re living your life.

Start with being present.

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Topics: cultural change, learning experiences

What Is A Sale Ready Business?

sale-readyI have a problem. My problem is: How do I explain what I do to someone I don’t know? I’ve tried telling people I help them work less. That’s a problem if you don’t want to work less. I sometimes tell people I help them create value in their business. If someone told me that I would have no idea what they meant. I’ve even told people I help them become operationally irrelevant in their business or become a passive owner. Again, it just doesn’t seem to resonate.

There is one thing that I really do help you with, and that’s making your business one that’s sale ready. You probably have a pretty good idea what that means. The problem is you might not be interested in selling your business. You see, I’m once again stuck.

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Topics: exit planning, business exit planning, salability,

Do You Think You’re Judgmental? - Personal Growth

judgmentWhen you have a problem with someone else do you hold a mirror up to yourself? Do you realize that when someone really annoys you it’s often about something in you that’s making you react that way?

It’s a funny thing. When we make a judgment about others we’re often making a judgment about ourselves. It took me a long time to learn this lesson. It’s one that I get to revisit on a regular basis.

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Topics: communication, personal value, asking why

Happiness Is What Happens Now - Wealth Management

present-4I hear this all of the time, “When x happens I’m going to be happy.” The problem with this statement is that happiness is going to be in the future, it’s not happening right now.

Too often we wait for something that is going to make us happy. Why don’t we instead look for things that can make us happy today?

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Topics: cultural change, wealth management, roles, professional relationships

What Are Hidden Metrics And Why Should You Care?

key_metrics-1I recently wrote a post in the NY Times on the concept of hidden metrics. A hidden metric is a measurement that you use in your company that is not included in your normal financial statements. It’s usually something you’ve developed that helps you understand your business better.

Hidden metrics are prospective.

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Topics: key metrics, value creation, communication

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