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The “Favorite Uncle” Standard of Care

Fifteen years ago, my parents were running three businesses and, within a three-month period, each of them was diagnosed with cancer. Dad with late-stage colon cancer, mom with mid-stage breast cancer. They were suddenly in over their heads, and everything began to unravel. I lived in another state and, like many of...

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In One Shining Moment

This week begins March Madness, the NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament.  From now until the final game is played on April 5, film crews will be capturing the most memorable moments – from the joyous to the heartbreaking - to craft into a video montage played at the end of the tournament over one of the...

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Is a Groundhog Running Your Deals?

Today is Groundhog Day and millions of folks all over the country will be looking to see if there will be 6 more weeks of winter by watching the antics of a groundhog named Punxatawney Phil.  You know, if he sees his shadow, we get six more weeks of winter.  If not, then spring is right around the corner. In many a...

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Why Gratitude Is Good for You

Do you need some motivation for practicing gratitude this Thanksgiving? It turns out that gratitude is good for our bodies, our minds, and our relationships. Advisors and business owners who feel honored to work with each other close deals at substantially higher rates and are happier with the outcomes, which leads...

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Grief, Loss, and Owners on the Brink

“I can’t take it anymore!” Ed shouted into the phone when I answered. He was understandably exasperated.  This was the third time his client, Walter, had threatened to blow up the deal he’d been working on for months.  “He told me he’s not sure he wants to sell the business anymore.   Can you believe that?  We’re set...

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