Entries by Mike Walrod

Business Acquisitions – Update

Two years ago I wrote a series of posts on buying a business. You can find the first one here, if you want a little background. Recently, I completed my third acquisition and I thought it made sense to go back and either validate or update my information. Finding a Business This was the surprising […]

Financial Regulation – The Sword of Damocles?

  Running a successful financial institution comes with a plethora of responsibilities and pressures. Dealing with these effectively and continuing to move forward can be challenging and rewarding. When you throw an uncertain (even hostile?) regulatory environment that has been threatening to pull the rug out from under your feet for years, that’s a stress […]

Innovation – Myths that are preventing your organization’s success

The practice and discipline of innovation is critical to the sustained success of any organization. In 2013, PwC’s report Unleashing the power of innovation surveyed executives from around the world and 64% said that innovation and operational effectiveness were equally important to the success of any company. Yet, there are many companies that don’t initiate […]

Is Apathy Hurting Your Business? Meh.

If you are a business owner with employees or a manager of employees, you may have encountered employee apathy. You know, the employee that has been doing a great job and then all of a sudden they are not engaged, mistakes are happening, and possibly complaints from clients. When it gets to this point, the […]

Pause and Refocus

I clearly remember back in 2014 when I started my new journey to become a business coach and consultant I was excited, nervous, and a little unsure about the best way to start. I jumped in and then stopped. What happened? I had the opportunity to acquire a company and it made too much sense […]

Half Empty or Half Full? Who Cares!

I constantly see the sayings “Is your cup half empty” or “Is your cup half full”. There are many variations to these, all with the purpose of determining whether you are optimistic or pessimistic. While I think that, as a leader, it is important to know how you naturally perceive things, it is just as […]