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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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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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Is Dying at Your Desk Noble or Tragic?

Earlier this year, I facilitated a retreat for a group of business owners to talk about how to know when it’s time to sell their business and retire and how to navigate that transition without regrets.  One of them I’ll call “Brian” announced he had no plans to retire – “Not me,” he said.  “I’m planning to...

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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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