Strategy and Company Growth

Explore how to craft a robust and actionable strategy for the future.

For the last couple of years, corporate America seems to have been playing it safe when it comes to growth. Currently U.S. corporations are holding on to a record $1.65 trillion in cash. Are you in a similar position, perhaps? Cash may not be your “security” blanket but you may be unwilling to take the risks […]

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How well do you really know your company? If you’re the owner or the CEO, you might say you have a pretty good handle on it. After all, you’ve been there since the beginning and you’re the leader. While that might be true, you may not really know everything about your organization. I’ll give you […]

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Are you looking for more ways to grow your business? Join our webinar with Mike Melo, President and CEO of ITA International, and learn how to use proactive, external growth to gain more business in any market. This webinar highlights ITA’s journey in developing a successful acquisition strategy and growth program using the Roadmap to […]

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Don’t let the competition define your external growth strategy. Instead, plan for the people who matter most ─ your customers. Let’s face it ─ we all care about what other people think, and in business that often means measuring how we stack up against the competition. While it’s important to keep an eye on competitors, […]

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Team meetings are important in order to move forward confidently when it comes to due diligence.  Ideally I would want everyone on your team to be physically together, but I understand in today’s environment that may be difficult to schedule, and you’ll have to be creative to maintain team cohesion. Here are a few suggestions […]

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Choosing the best option for growth. More often than not we find our clients have too many choices rather than too few. The difficulty lies in prioritizing options and determining which one is the best path forward. You may find yourself in a similar situation. With so many options how can you choose? Although it […]

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Let’s admit it right away: This is a trick question. The correct answer is usually not the first answer. Here’s a classic example from the annals of corporate America: Union Pacific thought they were in the business of railroads—the commonsense answer. In reality, they were in the business of mass transportation. Had they recognized this early […]

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Although imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, it doesn’t guarantee success. Assuming that the success of one business assures the same result for yours is a bit absurd because fundamentally the two companies are different, each with its own challenges, strengths, cultures and dynamics. You may think this concept is self-evident, but I’ve […]

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When Enterprise Rent-A-Car acquired Alamo and National in 2007 it didn’t “swallow up” its new brands during integration. Instead, it made a conscious effort to learn from and integrate best practices from both parties. As Executive Chairman Andrew Taylor explains in the Harvard Business Review, “…In the process we also learned a lot about ourselves […]

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I was invited to write an op-ed for the Credit Union Times for their focus report on growth strategies.  While there are a variety of options to consider when exploring implementing new products and services to grow, credit unions can only grow by meeting the needs of future members. I offer five ways to pursue growth […]

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Capstone Managing Director John Dearing enjoyed presenting a webinar on “Proactive Growth Through Acquisitions” to over 100 fellow Georgetown University alumni and university friends. As a Georgetown alumni (MBA ’96), John shared his expertise in mergers and acquisitions and growth strategies. He covered key concepts in evaluating strategic growth alternatives and how to determine if […]

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Do you work with your family? Navigating business politics and family dynamics can be tricky, especially when it comes to succession planning and determining the future of your business.  Below are some key areas to focus on when it comes to selling or transferring ownership of a family-owned business to the next generation. Valuation Make […]

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Verso Paper announced that it would acquire NewPage Holdings in a deal worth $1.4 billion. NewPage rejected a similar offer from Verso in 2012, also valued at $1.4 billion. So what changed this time around? Quite simply, it’s the environment: Both paper companies realize the paper market is shrinking and that’s not about to change […]

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Last week, Sysco announced it would buy rival US Foods for nearly $3.5 billion. Sysco is already a huge player in the food industry with customers ranging from the US military to schools to five-star restaurants. This deal brings together the two largest food distributors in the US, increasing Sysco’s share of the food distribution […]

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It’s no secret, especially in Washington, that sequestration has hurt many businesses in the defense industry. A high-level defense official reported that military-related M&A deals have stalled due to the uncertainty. Brett Lambert, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Policy, said banks are unwilling to lend to smaller defense firms over doubts […]

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As the U.S. government shutdown continues into its second week, business leaders are becoming more concerned with its effect on the economy. The Wall Street Journal reports limited signs of economic damage, but that a prolonged shutdown may cause more widespread damage. According to economists, a long shutdown risks “restraining key parts of the economy […]

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I had the opportunity to speak on building a lasting legacy in the September issue of Washington DC SmartCEO Magazine. The article focuses on how business owners and entrepreneurs can build a lasting legacy for their company. As I said during my interview, Capstone is not just about me, it’s so much bigger than that. […]

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How do you get a large company to buy your small business? In this video interview with Matthew Lesko, I’ve shared some of my tips & tricks. In many ways, selling a company is like selling a house. My number one recommendation is to make your company easy to buy. How can you do that? […]

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Apple’s growth has slowed significantly. USA Today reports that its gross margin dropped for the fifth straight quarter to 36.8% of sales and that iPad sales are down by 16%. Apple CEO Tim Cook has recognized Apple is in a mature, slow-growth market.  If a company that grew steadily through the recession and whose stock […]

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American individuals and corporations are playing it safe, according to  The Wall Street Journal, contributing to a slower employment rebound:  “[After the recession] of the early 1990s, it took 32 months for payrolls to rebound fully. After the even milder recession of 2001, it took four years. Today, nearly four years after the end of […]

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