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Thursday, May 22, 2014

There’s A Skills Gap, But It’s Not What You Think It Is!

Where is the gap? In Adecco’s 2013 State of Economy and Employment Survey, they asked 500 senior executives where they feel the biggest skills “gap” is.  Their results are a little surprising – 44% believe that the biggest gap is in soft skills:  communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.  The second highest gap they identified is […]

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What should business owners learn from Friday’s ruling against RBC Capital Markets?

  Background:  RBC Capital Markets LLC, the investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada, was representing Rural/Metro Corp. in the sale of their business.  Another team at the bank was trying to get the financing work from one of the buyers, Warburg Pincus LLC, a private equity firm.  According to a recent article in […]

Friday, February 21, 2014

A&D – Opportunistic deals coming for the middle market

When most people think of M&A in the A&D sector, they think big. United Technologies acquiring Goodrich, Providence Equity / SRA, Lockheed / Martin Marietta, Northrop / Litton / Grumman / Westinghouse. These mega-deals have transformed the industry over the past 30 years. However, A&D is an innovative sector with smaller companies leading development of […]

Monday, October 21, 2013

Partner Ecosystem

The qualitative KPI I’d like to discuss is Partner Ecosystem. The term Partner Ecosystem has become ubiquitous and increasingly strategic, along with the acceleration of companies to embrace cloud computing technologies. One high profile example of a partner ecosystem is Saleforce.com’s K-force ecosystem. So what’s the strategic rationale for their investment in this ecosystem? I […]

Monday, October 21, 2013

Liquidity Planning and Mirus’ Maturity Model

In the current business environment, where volatility is the new normal, preparedness for both unexpected and significantly impactful strategic events can make the difference between meaningful wealth creation or destruction. Mirus has witnessed how this “new normal” has inhibited liquidity for the unprepared but has also created windfalls for companies that were prepared to exploit […]