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Crisis Preparation for Family Business

Today our guest is Brent Patmos, CEO of Perpetual Development. Brent talks with us about the challenges that family businesses face, and why incoming leaders often have to be responsible for developing themselves. Brent shares the traits that separate thriving companies, as well as the four components needed to prepare for crisis in family business.

The Biggest Exit Planning Mistake That Owners Make

Today we chat with Bill Tom, Certified Exit Planning Advisor and Managing Partner of Infoquest, about common mistakes in that business owners make around exit planning. Bill tells us how to begin to plan your exit strategy, why planning strategically is a must, and how to create a self-healing organization for maximum value.

Revolving Doors and Sleepless Nights

This week on The Complete Leader podcast, we talk with Mindy Bortness, who is a business advisor and the CEO of Communication Works, Inc. Mindy has been described as “eHarmony for jobs,” and today she shares her insights with us on the three ways that companies can get better at hiring. (Plus we meet her new rescue pup!) Learn more about Mindy Bortness at communicationworksinc.com. Follow her @MindyBortness.

Your Absolute Best


By Brent Patmos, perpetualdevelopment.com

Recently, an experienced sales professional asked me to detail how she could go about thinking purposefully about whether or not she had delivered her absolute best to her customer. This is another one of those questions that’s simple and complex all at the same time. (SIMPLEX)

5 Signs Your Business Is Having a Midlife Crisis—And How to Deal With It

By Emily Soccorsy and Justin Foster, AllBusiness.com, March 2016

Midlife crises are fairly easy to recognize in others, but they’re often not so easy to recognize in yourself—and sometimes even more difficult to recognize when it comes to your company.

The Power of Assessments


By Whit Mitchell

As a CEO, director or manager within your organization, what percent of your time each week, month, quarter, even year do you spend dealing with behavioral issues or communication problems?

How often do you drive home from work in a good mood, feeling content with your day? I’d be willing to bet that a satisfying day at work has more to do with the behaviors of those around you than it does with their skills. And the opposite is true when you’ve had a bad day. 

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