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Ask John Dame: Boundaries and expectations must be clear during acquisitions —JD

Our company made a major acquisition a year ago. The owner of the company we purchased stayed as president of his company. Additionally, he decided not to sell 100 percent of his company, and now has some ownership in the larger combined company and serves as a board member. He reports to me directly. The problem is that, over a year later, he is putting up roadblocks and fighting the integration process we agreed upon at the time of the purchase of his company. This is a big problem and is getting more costly by the minute. What can I do?

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Old and new leadership visions must align during business acquisition —JD

Our company made a major acquisition a year ago. The owner of the company we purchased has stayed as president of his company. Additionally, he decided not to sell 100% of his company, and now has some ownership in the larger combined company and serves as a board member. He reports to me directly. The problem is that over a year later he is putting up roadblocks and fighting the integration process we agreed upon at the time of the purchase of his company. This is a big problem, and it is getting more costly by the minute. What can I do?

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Legislature legalized medical marijuana but left workplaces high and dry in managing fallout – Pennlive —JD

More than 40 years ago I ran a rock radio station, Starview 92.7-FM in Central Pennsylvania. We were the first radio station to offer special midnight movies. These movies included a 1930s anti-drug movie called “Reefer Madness,” which warned of a decent into madness for those lured into trying marijuana.

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How are you showing up? Dean Minuto

Yescalate® Tip 27: Can people trust you? A great tip from Dean Minuto, Vistage Speaker of the Year.


Give first. Dr. Robert Cialdini

Robert Cialdini discusses the Rule of Reciprocity. You have to give before you get. A great rule for business leaders.


Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less —Greg McKeown

Every now and then a book makes a significant impact on you. While I was in Key West this winter, I read the book Essentialism by Greg McKeown. The disciplined pursuit of less is a lesson that every executive should learn. Learning to gracefully say no is only one lesson.  Read this book. It will make a material difference in your life. I use the lessons from this book daily.


Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War —P. W. Singer and August Cole

I heard about this book when I attended the US Army War College Annual Strategy Session. It is required reading for these folks posted at the Pentagon. Great entertaining read for the summer.