Can You Sell Your Business, Without Selling Its Soul?

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The Small Giants Community is excited to share a five part series featuring a unique and open discussion of business theory, practices, personal views and more from a wide variety of small business owners, authors and business community leaders that put a high value on more than just the profit of their businesses.

What’s it like to be a fly on the wall when business leaders sit down to talk without a tape recorder rolling? The Small Giants Community is excited to share a unique and open discussion of business theory, practices, personal views and more that took place over e-mail during the Spring of 2011 that included leaders from a broad spectrum of size, industry and experience. Participants included (In order of appearance):

Paul Spiegelman -- Author of Why is Everyone Smiling? The Secret Behind Passion, Productivity and Profit, CEO of The Beryl Companies (beryl.net) and the Small Giants Community

Bo Burlingham -- Author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big (smallgiantsbook.com), Editor-at-Large, Inc. Magazine

Jack Stack -- Author of The Great Game of Business (greatgame.com), CEO of SRC Holdings Corporation

Lewis Schiff -- Author of The Influence of Affluence, Chairman and Executive Director of the Inc. Business Owners Council (inc.com/iboc)

Doug Tatum -- Author of No Man's Land: What to Do when Your Company Is Too Big To Be Small and Too Small To Be Big, Former CEO and chairman of Tatum LLC

Steven Wilkinson -- Founder and Managing Partner of Buchanan GmbH

Marisa Smith – Founder and CEO of The Whole Brain Group (thewholebraingroup.com)

Ari Weinzweig -- Author of A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to Building a Great Business, CEO and Co-Founder of Zingerman's (zingermanscommunity.com)

Mike Faith -- CEO Headsets.com

The 12,000 word discussion was sparked by an inquiry made of Bo Burlingham by Paul Spiegelman, "I've been really thinking about whether it is realistic to sell and maintain a Small Giant." It will be released to the public in five parts during September and October. The dates and subjects include:

September 27 – Selling and Remaining a Small Giant; Defining the Question, The Crowd is Encouraged to Chime In; The Value of Culture,

October 3 – A Shift From Capital to Culture; The Human Scale and Shifting the Inner Circle, Big Scary Questions; The Mittelstand Perspective

October 10 – The “Process” of Determining Culture; Can the Shift Be Made?; Expanding Understanding; Tackling Heavy Questions, Ari Checks In; An Invitation to Join the Party; Surviving

October 17 – Finding a Qualitative Index; The Switch; A Guardian of Culture, Pt. VII Back to the Original Question; Product Lifecycle and the Police State

October 24 – Capital vs. Culture; Is There Enough Fuel to Pass the Torch; Can the Culture Survive?; Thoughts Off the Vine; Closing the Story

To view the posted portions of the series click here. For more information about the Small Giants Community, visit us at smallgiants.org.

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