Research

Learn From Others & Innovate New Insights

 

Our general management and company building experience across a wide range of industries provides us with the backbone to partnering with business owners. Complementing this expertise is a drive to understand management best practices and tools development by some of the best business minds. We constantly cull sources ranging from popular business magazines, to leading edge research from highly regarded institutions, and retired CEOs.

 

It is important to note that we don't think of this research as the "holy grail", but rather an input to better decision-making and action. Sometimes this can shape a new strategy, or a better approach to achieving exceptional execution. Of course, there's no substitute to raw general management execution. Either way, some of the research we highlight here should provoke discussion around potential paths to value creation, either for the business as a whole, or to an individual.

 

The articles and research attached here include food for thought as you develop your own plans for growth. Muir has also developed a range of insights based on our professional experiences, perspectives we would be delighted to share with all interested business owners.

Owner Transition

Family Business Transition Planning

James Fitts and Marshall Rowe

Journal of Accountancy

Prepare For The Future...

The Monitor Group

Entrepreneur.com

5 Steps To Create A Viable Succession Plan For Your Family Business

Michael Evans

Forbes

Organization

Organization Design

McKinsey and Company

Building a Winning Culture

Paul Rogers, Paul Meehan and Scott Tanner

 

How Great Managers Manage People

Harvard Business School

 

The Top 10 Qualities That Make a Great Leader

Tanya Prive

 

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”

Sir Winston Churchill

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”

Sun Tsu,

Ancient Chinese Military strategist

Strategy

Profit From The Core

Chris Zook

Bain & Company

The Number You Need To Grow

Frederick F. Reichheld

5 Steps To Create A Viable Succession Plan For Your Family Business

Michael Evans

Forbes

Demographics of Business Owners

Small Business Administration

Small Business

Factors That Contribute to the Success of a Small Business

George N. Root III

Creat Your Own Business Plan

US Small Business Administration

Richard Branson

"Number one, cash is king... number two, communicate... number three, buy or bury the competition."

Jack Welch

Tools

6 Tools Every Business Consultant Should Know

Margaret Andrews

Harvard Business School

 

Porter's Five Forces

Michael Porter

 

5 Strategies From The World's Greatest Sales Leaeders

McKinsey and Company

 

Arnold Glasgow

"In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goal posts are."

"You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over."