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Little Giants – When staying small is the best option and when growing can be counterproductive

It is the vision of all companies to eventually grow and become more successful in the industries that they compete in.  In a world where market share provides direct competitive advantages and provides the opportunities required to generate lucrative returns growth has, and will continue to be king. 

However, just because growth is the goal doesn’t mean that the goal is always correct and doesn’t mean that every opportunity to grow is a good one for your company.  When opportunity strikes the instinct of any good  executive and manager is to explore the situation to determine whether the opportunity in question is in the best interest of the company.  If it is shown that the opportunity is in the best interest of the company, and the resources can be (notice I didn’t say should be) acquired then the executive will likely move forward with the transaction.  The problem is that executives are so anxious to grow their companies that...

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Small Enterprise Corporate Governance: The Structure of Sustainability

In turbulent times when clients are decreasing their budgets, banks aren’t lending, competition is becoming more hostile and threatening, and change is no longer variable but a fixed part of “business as usual” it often effects small companies much differently than large companies. A major reason for this is that larger companies (at least those that are solvent and long-standing) for better or worse depend on their infrastructure and internal systems to get them through tumultuous times. A major part of this system is the Corporate Governance Structure of the organization. This system provides structure in times of uncertainty, it provides a network of quality individuals who are familiar with the company and capable, as a group, of making logical decisions on matters that will determine the level of success or failure within that organization. Some may assume that small companies don’t require the same type of structure to succeed; in fact some may argue...

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Power in Numbers: The importance of collective thinking in Corporate Decision Making

Decision making is the most basic and vital aspect of running a company and the ability to do it well is a major determinant in the level of success that a company may experience. At its best corporate decision making is a collaborative effort between those in the company that have been specifically placed in positions of power due to either their specialties or their overall business acumen. In these situations, multiple individuals seek to make decisions by analyzing specific situations, providing their input, and allowing the group to determine the best course of action. While ultimately there is a key decision maker who signs off on the final decision, that person depends on the groups’ ability to collaborate to make informed decisions. 

The problem that arises in modern corporate settings is that this type of collaborative decision making rarely occurs because of the structure of the organization. Whether the CEO is the chief decision maker and rarely requests the...

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