Decision for sale

May 19, 2020

The windmills of your mind

As the images unwind, like the circles that you find In the windmills of your mind This is how the lyrics of M. Legrand’s song “The Windmills of Your Mind” end. It’s from the 1968 movie “The Thomas Crown Affair” directed by N. Jewison, about a heist. A remake was released in 1999. At the […]

August 21, 2019

Have you done almost everything you wanted to do in life?

The question in the headline was directed at the two cousins sitting across from me, who wanted to learn exactly when it’s the best time to sell their business. Their answers were both “No!”. It is one of my several questions to the shareholders of the companies who come to visit us to learn the […]

February 27, 2019

Last days of A380

Recently the media reported that the aircraft manufacturer Airbus had announced it would end production of its A380 superjumbo passenger jet after failing to secure orders. It can happen to all companies, small or big. Forecasting sales/orders is not an easy task. Even a company like Airbus, employing about 130,000 people and being one of […]

January 23, 2019

Time to say good-bye

I said good-bye many times in my life. The Brazilian lyricist and novelist Paulo Coelho says: “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” When I look back today: Coelho was right. At least in my cases. ☺ I built, grew and sold 5 of my companies and […]

December 26, 2018

A lifetime of breeding excellence

From davidaustinroses.co.uk: “In the early 1950s David Austin set out to create a more beautiful rose. Sixty years on, from a hobby breeder as a young teenager David Austin has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world. All David Austin roses have beautiful blooms and in most cases wonderful fragrance […]

August 23, 2018

Self-deception

oxforddictionaries(.)com defines “self-deception” as: The action or practice of allowing oneself to believe that a false or unvalidated feeling, idea, or situation is true. Almost all of the clients that I’ve advised to find a partner for their business were good salesmen; at least they were not bad salesmen. Some sold goods, slow or fast […]

July 28, 2016

Picasso’s remuneration

My clients sometimes ask me: “Can’t we have your consultancy at a cheaper rate?” “Sure” I answer, “But first you have to tell me which part of my business life you do not need!” To explain my question I tell them the anecdote about Picasso: “Picasso was sitting in a café when an admirer approached […]

June 2, 2016

Tears for “Joy”

Beethoven premiered his Ninth Symphony on May 7, 1824 at the Kaerntnertortheater in Vienna. The most unique feature of “The Ninth” was the chorus and vocal soloists in the final movement. His “Ode to Joy” based on Friedrich Schiller’s poem has become one of the most recognized melodies. Although his deafness did not allow him […]

May 19, 2016

Say something

Christina Aguilera sings in her song Say Something: Say something, I’m giving up on you I’ll be the one, if you want me to It might be your social relationship or the business one, your friend or your company. They might stop talking to you. Then you might feel lonely and left out. And it […]