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 ( and the Small Giants Community

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

Jack Stack -- Author of The Great Game of Business (, CEO of SRC Holdings Corporation

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

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 (

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

Mike Faith -- CEO

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


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