Micro Management can be a Good Thing!

In the May 26 issue of Business Week, Best Buy is celebrated for empowering its store managers to think locally about micro-markets that could provide differentiated selling opportunities. Here's the key point: As a result, Best Buy believes it sames-store...
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Can you say your Strategy?

Can you say your Strategy?

The April issue of the Harvard Business Review carried an article entitled Can You Say What Your Strategy Is? In short, the authors, David Collis and Michael Rukstad, describe a framework to create a sound statement of strategy that everyone...
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Las Vegas vs. Disney: What’s the right price?

Las Vegas vs. Disney: What’s the right price?

Pricing strategy is paramount these days as we face an unpredictable economy with limited future visibility. It's part of a broader strategy, of course, but one of the first things that executives jump to when prices come under fire. Note...
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Business Strategy – Evolution with a capital “R”!

Business Strategy – Evolution with a capital “R”!

I'm always intrigued by the application of revolutionary strategy concepts to established businesses and in the past few days, I've noticed several provocative reports that dramatize businesses seeking innovative ways - or not - to look at their business. The...
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Family Businesses – Change or Else What?

Family Businesses – Change or Else What?

Once again, Jack Welch and I are communing about common business issues - in this case, the family business. In the May 19 edition of Business Week, Jack and Suzy Welch respond in their Welchway column to a question about...
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A Constitutional Convention for Family Business

Like me - until now - you may have missed the recent Business Week article about family business and the value of a family "constitution" to spell out the Company's vision and set forth important guidelines for relationships, stock ownership,...
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Good Advice for Tough Times

Dennis Zeleny, an established HR professional and frequent contributor to Forbes magazine, contributes another POV in a growing list of articles about How to Lead in Tough Times. I think his key points are right on, and represent a compelling...
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Anybody got too much time on their hands?

Anybody got too much time on their hands?

If you wonder whether your facial hair, or where you part your hair, has any relevance to your success, you'll be glad to know that Fortune magazine has taken their journalistic razor to the strop! First, in an article about...
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Use adverse times to your advantage

Use adverse times to your advantage

Most of you know Jim Collins as a result of his Good to Great bestseller, which catapulted metaphors like the "hedgehog" and "people on the bus" into the business vernacular. Writing in the current issue of Fortune magazine - the...
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The world’s first Billion Dollar Home

The world’s first Billion Dollar Home

Forbes magazine showed a stunning picture in their new May 19, 2008 edition. It is a home in Mumbai, India built by Mukesh Ambani. You've never seen a home like this before . . . 27 stories (down from the...
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For you graphics nerds – Starring the CPI!

In today's New York Times, there is an eye-catching picture that will make the nerdiest graphmeister weep. It's a very unique graphical depiction of the Consumer Price Index. You may not know that the Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers 84,000...
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How to lead during a recession!

How to lead during a recession!

Jack Welch doesn't need kudos from me, but I appreciate his recent column (with his wife, Suzy), Keeping Morale Up in a Downturn, in the recent issue of Business Week.It focuses on 2 key characteristics that good leaders possess:1] Transparency,...
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Cash Crunch: April 14 Column – Extended Version

For those of you who read the recent column in the April 14 edition of the North Bay Business Journal, entitled A cash crunch necessitates a trip to the bank for a loan, here is the extended version with a...
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Family Business Survey

Family Business Survey

For readers of my January 14th column entitled Small businesses lead economy, but often neglect their own needs, I promised to provide a copy of the 2007 Mass Mutual Family Business Survey.
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Exkalibur Advisors Launches!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELary Kirchenbauer is pleased to announce the formation of Exkalibur Advisors, Inc., a firm that will provide financial and strategic advisory services to family businesses and other middle market companies in the San Francisco Bay area. Exkalibur will...
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North Bay Business Journal launches Lary’s regular column

On July 2, 2007, the North Bay Business Journal, a subsidiary of the New York Times, announced a new regular column by Lary Kirchenbauer entitled "Building a Business". 
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Lary speaks to North Bay Innovation and Venture Forum

Recently, I had the privilege of joining a distinguished panel of North Bay executives to participate in the second annual North Bay Innovation and Venture Forum sponsored by the City of Santa Rosa, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and...
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