When Is a Family Business Leader Too Old?

Recent events in the US Presidential race have focused people around the world on the topic of leadership and age. When is a leader, whether of a country or a business, too old to do the job? When Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: Salvatore Sciascia

A False Sense of Urgency Helps Neither Family Nor Business

Many of us are (or at least we believe ourselves to be!) natural-born problem solvers: Once we recognize a problem, we want to resolve it as expediently as possible. As a result, we fall into Read More...

Category: Practice Insight

Authors: Joseph Astrachan and Claudia Binz Astrachan

A Tech Entrepreneur Turns Local News Publisher

Peter Thomas is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and run eight tech startups, including a wildly successful venture called Averetek, which he sold five years ago.  His latest venture is Read More...

Category: Interviews

Author: Catherine Buday

The Next Generation Can Help the Family Firm Innovate

  Much has been written about how family businesses can have transition problems when the founder's children take over.  Best Buy founder Richard Schulze and Ritch Sorenson of the Read More...

Category: Commentary

Authors: Richard Schulze and Ritch Sorenson

Entrepreneurship Can Be Lonely and Psychologically Perilous

The World Health Organization has recognized the importance of mental health in achieving overall health and well-being, asserting that there is no health without mental health. This is particularly Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Authors: Oleg Petrenko and Johnny Smith

12 Strategies to Get Customers to Buy Your Product

Many entrepreneurs struggle to get their products into customers' hands. Yet, their survival and profitability hinge on convincing customers to buy their products. Compared to large companies, Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: Jay Mulki

What AI Means to Small Businesses

If you keep abreast of the news on a regular basis, it's rare to go even one day without hearing about the spread of artificial intelligence. From customer service to cybersecurity to inventory Read More...

Category: Features

Author: Terri Williams

How Founders Can Stay Relevant When the Next Gen Takes Over

When it's time for a family business to have a new generation of leadership, it's often difficult for the first-generation founder let go. Founders, justifiably proud of the businesses they have Read More...

Category: Interviews

Author: Kimberly Eddleston

How Well are Business Owners Preparing for Succession and Transition?

American business owners are aging. According to the 2021 US Census, nearly  52% of business owners are 55+ and 23% are 65+. This is consistent with the increased proportion of aging Americans Read More...

Category: Research Insight

Author: Michael Darger

Persuasive Communication for Crucial Conversations

The ability to sell an idea – to colleagues, management, potential investors, and customers –  has never been more crucial for business people, especially in a digital world with a loud and Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Author: James C Wetherbe