Succeeding at Succession Planning

I recently watched a friend prepare for an ocean-going sailing trip. With three others he intended to captain a 35-foot sailboat from New York to Bermuda, an approximately 1,500 mile, roundtrip voyage. While none of the crew had ever before made this exact voyage, each was a seasoned sailor with complementary skills. Further, they packed… [Read the full article]

Identifying and Recovering from ‘Financial Infidelity’

“Financial Infidelity” may sound like something new but it’s been around for a long time. It generally means when one spouse is doing something financially substantial without the other spouse’s knowledge. This typically happens over time as with most couples, one partner generally manages the finances. Consequently, the other partner in the household often becomes… [Read the full article]

Is Your Business Crisis-Ready?

Crisis and disaster planning are now common business-operation terms. Almost every business could be consumed by a nearly endless variety of crises, from a natural disaster such as a flood or hurricane which can devastate a facility to a terrorist strike to a deranged employee or customer bent on revenge to financial turmoil. “A crisis… [Read the full article]

Planning Your Exit? Read This First

Exiting your business is often about a lot more than exiting your business. For one thing, it’s about helping you obtain maximum value at the time of sale. Comprehensive wealth-planning factors such as cash flow analysis, stock options, tax minimization, and retirement planning should be part of your exit plan.  Where’s the Money?  When most small- to mid-sized business owners begin to seriously… [Read the full article]