Monthly Archives: November 2010

Lessons Learned From Ronnie Milsap

Ronnie Milsap has always been one of my favorite country artists.  I started listening to his music as a college student in the 70’s and it continued after I married.  My two daughters grew up hearing his music on a regular basis.  In the early 80’s my wife and I were able to take our young daughter to one of his concerts in North Carolina. …

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What Are You Doing To Get Better?

Pat Riley was one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time.  He was head coach of five championship teams, most of them with the Los Angeles Lakers.  In his book, THE WINNER WITHIN, Riley recounts how his 1985-86 Lakers had succumbed to complacency.  He was determined that his 86-87 Laker team would get better and he implemented a system called Career Best Effort that utilized various numbers and measurements to motivate his team to strive for basketball excellence. …

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Tennessee Small Business Advocate

This week, I had the opportunity to meet Josh Helton, head of the newly created Office of Small Business Advocate for the State of Tennessee. Speaking at a luncheon in Memphis sponsored by NFIB/Tennessee, Mr. Helton explained that his office was created to give small businesses in Tennessee (defined as businesses with 50 or less employees) a voice inside state government when dealing with the various state departments and agencies, a sometimes frustrating experience for small business owners.…

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The Outlook for Middle Market Mergers & Acquisitions

On November 9, I attended the 2010 Mid-South Capital Connection presented by the Tennessee chapter of The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis. The event allowed business owners, professionals and executives from Tennessee and the surrounding region to interact with approximately 40 leading equity and capital sources from around the country.…

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