Intangible assets

Put People and Purpose as your business Priorities and Profits will follow.  Business success, more than ever, is about building and supporting a positive, profitable culture, which is a hard asset; and culture comes down to communication. How companies talk to and with their employees, and all stakeholders for that matter, is the ultimate expression…

There are four basic components to brand protection: searching, registering, policing and enforcing. These four aspects each have their own challenges which create a series of risks and opportunities. If done well, the four components work together in a way that achieves the business objectives of the brand owner. The area of enforcement is critical if you…

This recent article about how a requirement to include diverse contractors in the construction of a large new convention hotel in Boston has had ripple effects across the city’s economy. And it sounds like a really cool building too!   https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/09/08/business/massports-diversity-policy-had-its-skeptics-its-success-is-hard-ignore-with-opening-new-omni-boston-hotel/

Intangibles and Corporate Value This program continues our two-part discussion about shifts in business and economics and how they affect our clients. In this Part 2 of the discussion, we’ll have a panel discussion about the rise of intangibles: The two trends that have led to the dominance of intangibles in business How intangibles influence…

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“Conflicts look bad. I always prepare touchy agenda points with my 2 senior leaders before leadership team meetings. This way senior leadership presents a united front,” recently mentioned the CEO of a 200-people company. Most leadership teams have too few open, healthy conflicts. This makes them less effective, reduces decision quality, and ultimately slows down business…

I wrote earlier about the value a closed loop employee suggestion program can provide. These do provide significant benefits, but there is no need to limit continuous improvement suggestions to those inside the company. Customer and supplier surveys can provide great insights into such opportunities while also enabling the company to collaborate better with key…

During my first visit to one factory, I quickly noticed on a wall in the lobby a collection of cards with employee suggestions – normally a good sign of a facility’s commitment to continuous improvement and employee engagement. A closer look revealed the opposite – improvement ideas that were months and even quarters old without…

Wealth managers and financial industry observers have pointed out that we are in the midst of a great wealth transfer driven by Baby Boomers. As Boomers (the generation born between 1946 and 1964) have aged, the savings and investments they worked hard to accumulate are now passing via inheritance to younger generations. Yet, what happens…

When you sit down for an intergenerational conversation about the future of the family business, it’s essential to have multiple goals before you. For instance, maintaining healthy family relationships is as vital as ensuring the business’s ongoing success during a period of transition. Family conflicts often arise from differing opinions, visions, values, or unresolved issues….

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