Top Ten Due Diligence Mistakes Made by Board Candidates
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AUGUST 8, 2014
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6 Ways to Choose the Best Employees
Lead on Purpose
FEBRUARY 28, 2015
Consider these six … Continue reading → Leadership Product Management Team Building attention channels due diligence experience transparency Guest post by Jon Spivey The best employees help your company to thrive and achieve its greatest potential. So to reach your potential, you must put effort into finding and choosing the best employees for your company.
AMA Handbook of Due Diligence
JUNE 27, 2011
They do limited due diligence on the theory that it does not help them find winner companies. I disagree with this approach and think good due diligence improves the odds. I, personally, love thorough due diligence but lack the attention required to do it well myself so I like to surround myself with people who do it well. Recently, I read a great book by William Crilly and Andrew Sherman called, The AMA Handbook of Due Diligence.
Are You Trading Attention for Influence?
DECEMBER 11, 2015
It is the due diligence of politics.” It’s the due diligence of leaders everywhere. P EGGY NOONAN brought up some great thoughts in her editorial, A Rash Leader in a Grave Time that would be good for us to consider in any time.
Put Time on Your Team
APRIL 29, 2016
This diversity in the buyer network is one of the key complexities in enterprise selling and it calls on the selling team to perform the due diligence required to understand the roles and impacts of each of the buyers.
Before a Merger, Consider Company Cultures Along with Financials
Harvard Business Review
DECEMBER 26, 2014
A normal acquisition process seeks to ensure something basic: a strategic rationale for a deal, supported by a thoughtful selection process, with known risks identified by a short, intense due diligence. Those who conduct integration due diligences have two major advantages.
The Entrepreneur’s Roadmap to Success
AUGUST 4, 2016
Often times a new entrepreneur feels he or she has done their due diligence only to learn later that they barely scratched the surface. It seems that most businesses fail, not due to the validity of the idea, but rather that the project was under capitalized or underfunded from the start. If you are confident enough in what you are doing, and you have truly done your due diligence, you can have a prosperous business.
Are You Betting On the Wrong Job References?
MARCH 30, 2016
Instead, conduct your due diligence and have their input documented by a third party. Most of us can relate to this scenario: when completing an employment application, you are asked to identify a number of references (typically 3-5) for prospective employers to contact. In order to put your best foot forward, you choose these references wisely and list those whom will provide the most glowing reviews of their professional abilities.
Bring It: 7 Keys To A Great 3 Minute Startup Pitch
OCTOBER 14, 2012
It’s a formidable barrier to entry into the world of “ due diligence land ” where your idea and company will get a more comprehensive review – and even that won’t guarantee an investment, but at least you get a full shot.
Chip Shots – When Work Styles Differ
Lead Change Blog
AUGUST 25, 2015
Will Lukang shares: When working with a new manager, I always do the due diligence to learn and understand the person’s work preference. Here at Lead Change Group, we know that problems are most effectively solved when individuals come together to meld ideas, energies, and approaches.
Things To Ask Your IT Support Provider Before Signing
APRIL 3, 2017
When it comes to looking for a reliable technical support provider, you need to do your Due Diligence, and an easy way to do this is to ask your prospective providers a series of questions to help you understand what sort of fit they will be. Photo courtesy of Pexels.
Hardwoods of Michigan Joins The Six Disciplines Client Community
FEBRUARY 16, 2011
As a result of mutual due diligence, Hardwoods of Michigan has joined the Six Disciplines family and are off and running. Due to this engagement (with Six Disciplines), I am confident that 2011 and the years ahead will be our best ever Hardwoods of Michigan is a forty year-old company that acquires virgin timber, processes the logs, and then cuts the lumber to meet specific customer requirements.
How to be a Better Leader in 2012
JANUARY 2, 2012
The Processor, meanwhile, needs to document and categorize the new idea or fresh insight – they need to collect data on it, analyze it, test it, and they think the Visionary is flaky for jumping from idea to idea without doing this due diligence.
How to Launch a Product Like a Rock Star
MARCH 28, 2016
Buyers have to do their due diligence, understand integration issues, get sign-off, have lawyers approve the deal, and so on. Here’s a quick one-question quiz: What is the most important requirement for a successful product launch? A great product.
5 Productivity Pitfalls Learned From Marathon Training
OCTOBER 26, 2011
To avoid this productivity pitfall in other areas of life, ensure you conduct the necessary due diligence, preparation and secure proper training for the desired improvement. This is a guest post by Tor Contantino. I had the pleasure of meeting Tor at Catalyst this year.
THOROUGHNESS - Why the Compassion of 10 Missionaries Went Wrong in Haiti
Building Personal Strength
FEBRUARY 5, 2010
We all need to do our due diligence and take care of business. So Laura Silsby and her nine missionary colleagues have been charged with abducting Haitian children. It could have been worse.
8 Simple Merger Tips (Simple to say - tougher to do)
SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
Regardless of what due diligence is done prior to the merger, there is still lots to learn. I was speaking to a friend who is looking at acquiring a company. I was going to send him an email with tips of how to make it go smoother (notice I do not say smoothly - there will always be little issues). I thought it would make a good blog entry. My tips for integration: 1 - Have a rolling 90 day plan. The first 30 days should be "listen and learn".
It’s The Culture Stupid
The Leadership Advisor
MARCH 24, 2011
Sometimes we just have to hit what’s pitched to us, even if our impatience and marginal due diligence is the one who has been doing the pitching. It’s no real secret that there are some employees that seem more difficult to manage than others; and that’s being polite.
You Can Not Train People to Think Bigger or With More Complexity Than They are Currently Capable
APRIL 22, 2013
a) is this person really capable of doing the work within this role as it stands right now; b) have we as the organization done due diligence in determining the time-span and level of work within this role and communicated that clearly to their manager and them?
The Leadership Advisor
FEBRUARY 2, 2011
Leadership can have it’s difficulties, so there’s no need to make more through lack of due diligence and insight. This winter has been a pretty big deal for much of the country. Currently I’m looking out the window at the 2nd wave of a pretty nasty ice storm. The front windshield of my car looks like it’s plagued with the automotive equivalent of a cataract. The ice has completely encapsulated everything outside.
The Shocking Costs of Hiring Mistakes … And The Secrets to Avoiding Them
The Empowered Buisness
OCTOBER 30, 2013
If you are hiring anything less than “A” performing leaders, your leaders will hire mediocre employees that are not as good as they are, due to their own insecurities. Secret #5: Stop relying on intuition; start relying on unbiased, objective due diligence.
Toxic Work Environments | N2Growth Blog
DECEMBER 20, 2010
People can do some due diligence before going to work for a compnay.
The Dos and Don’ts of Crowdfunding Your Company
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
So do your due diligence to make sure your organization is ready and that you’re getting advice from people you can trust and who know how it works. Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh was spot-on when he advised entrepreneurs to “chase the vision, not the money” because by doing so “the money will end up following you.”
Angel Capital vs. Venture Capital - CEO Blog - Time Leadership
NOVEMBER 24, 2010
4 - Provide due diligence. I know some angel groups like Golden Seeds do awesome due diligence but on the whole, VCs are better than Angels at it. CEO Blog - Time Leadership Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Angel Capital vs. Venture Capital Angels and VCs are often very synergistic. The line between venture capital and angel capital can be blurry. I know some VCs who have invested $500,000 in an deal and I know some Angels who have invested $3,000,000.
Initiative Is Often A Benevolent Rebellion
The Leadership Advisor
AUGUST 10, 2011
Ask lots of questions - Accepting it as something positive doesn’t excuse you from due diligence. In our “let’s measure everything possible business climate, we systematically tend to paint ourselves into corners.
The Risk of Not Taking Risks
JANUARY 12, 2013
Of course, I did a bit of due diligence into this Doug guy and said yes. My friend, Doug Sundheim’s new book, Taking Smart Risks , is an early winner for 2013 Must Reads. Before I get to how great the book is, the story of how Doug and I met starts with taking a smart risk!
The Reunion 1.7 – 1.8
MARCH 2, 2017
His baby, XinoniX, the company he’d founded and retired from, was looking at an acquisition, and he’d come to town to help with the due diligence process. Chapter 37. I must have made a wrong turn as I walked down the hallway away from Rich’s office. I thought reception would be on my right, but, instead, I was looking at a row of offices I’d never seen before. In an attempt to get my bearings I glanced around and bam ! there he was in the office across the way.
Capital vs. Influence
MARCH 31, 2011
By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth . I have watched entrepreneurs and executives initially trivialize the value of influence in a capital transaction, only to regret it down the road.
Your Intentional (or not so intentional) Energetic Presence
SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
Done my due diligence. ” More due diligence. True story, I had to share. Because this may be showing up for you – either as the giver or the receiver – and if it is, it’s likely completely unintentional. And we can do something about that. This morning I got a gift. A major gift. So here you go. Take this and use it as it serves you — however it serves you.
Don't Let Them Make You Crazy
FEBRUARY 1, 2011
I suggested that the real cause of his anger might be that he was incensed with himself for being a poor judge of character and not conducting adequate due diligence in the purchase. Think of that one person who drives you crazy -- who upsets you, makes you feel guilty or sad. Does someone come to mind? You may have spent many hours reliving events when this person was unfair, unappreciative, or inconsiderate. You may have thought, “What a jerk!”
The Problem of Bolt-On Acquisitions in a Digital World
Harvard Business Review
JULY 5, 2016
What almost always gets underestimated, though – and often overlooked altogether – during due diligence is the actual integration of the new capabilities and how (or whether) it will work. I was at a startup that got acquired.
The Upside of Anger
MARCH 24, 2014
I suggested to my seatmate that the real cause of his anger might be that he was beating himself up for being a poor judge of character and not conducting adequate due diligence into the purchase. Getting angry with other people often means you’re just upset with yourself. by Marshall Goldsmith. On a flight from Zurich to New York, I sat next to a very successful investor who had paid too much for a small high-tech firm.
5 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn from a Micro-Manager
Lead by Adventure
OCTOBER 25, 2016
I definitely believe that every company, every boss, and every hiring manager could benefit from doing their due diligence before they hire anyone.
5 Pitfalls of Marketing Waterfalls
JUNE 5, 2014
For those mature waterfall users, I’m sure they have faced the reality of the extra due diligence required to add much more analytics to make the next smartest decision.
Does Your Culture Breed Success?
The Leadership Advisor
JANUARY 10, 2011
I’m going to assume you already have done that due diligence, move past the what and jump right into the how. There are plenty of blog posts, articles, wikis, and other things out there that define success or help you discover your definition of success. This isn’t one of them. Whether you’re a business, a professional, or a single parent, we all want to be successful at something. Many folks view success as this tenuous existence somewhere just out of reach.
Leadership and Opportunity | N2Growth Blog
OCTOBER 28, 2010
I can’t even begin to count the number of times I watched people miss great opportunities due to a poor sense of timing. I’ve observed the risk adverse take due diligence one step too far, the greedy negotiate too long, the impulsive jump the gun, and the plodders move to slow.
Don’t Take Money from VCs Until You’ve Asked 4 Questions
Harvard Business Review
FEBRUARY 26, 2016
In the race to get the check in hand, most entrepreneurs don’t do in-depth due diligence — or any due diligence — on the venture capital (VC) firms they pitch.
Respect, Power & Knowledge
OCTOBER 17, 2012
citizens do as much due diligence into the candidates they vote for as they do into the new TV, smartphone or car they will buy. In watching the debate, if it can be called that, last night, 3 things hit me – Respect (or lack thereof), Power (or illusion of) and Knowledge (or lack thereof).
The Rainmaker 'Fab Five' Blog Picks of the Week - A Look Ahead at 2011
JANUARY 10, 2011
That is All Jesse Harriot, Monster Thinking : 2011 Job Market Trends HR Introvert : Time for Due Diligence on Personal Objectivity Tim Sanders, Sanders Says : Three Lists to Make for 2011 Rachel Suff, XpertHR : New Year's Resolution: Boost Poor Performance?
Putting leadership in its place
APRIL 17, 2014
Directors are being held, via one device or another, to their duty to do due diligence in both the selection and the exercise of close supervision of their CEOs. In this series we’ve attempted to make the case for why managers should abandon the essentially irrelevant (to say the least) concept of individual leadership.