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I recently read a book by an FBI hostage negotiator and listened to an interview of a military interrogator. The common thread between the two is the use of empathy in their jobs. Empathy isn’t something I associate with either the FBI or the military. They are fascinating. I recommend you read and listen to Read more about Empathy in unusual places[…]
For at least the last two years Mikel has been using the phrase “calendar time versus clock time. ” This phrase is often to remind me and others on our team that there are certain things that can take months or years to develop but require very few hours of direct labor. In essence, sometimes Read more about Chronos vs. Kairos[…]
The objective of this post is to outline my ideal week so I and others can be reminded of what “good” looks like. In general, I like a lot of open space on my calendar. This is useful to responding to prospective sellers and company manager questions. However, it’s still necessary to schedule meetings. Check Read more about Daryl’s Ideal Week[…]
There are subtle differences in our perspectives that when acted out over long periods of time can lead to very different results. As I have grown a little older, my appreciation for the distinction between stewardship and ownership has developed. When I was young, I thought ownership was all that mattered. I needed private property Read more about Stewardship and Ownership[…]
We own numerous small businesses. Each team functions independently. They each have their own missions and methods. They are pointed in a common direction but manage themselves independently. I love it. But, some people simply don’t get it. It’s so organic. Strangers ask: how do you control it? (answer: we don’t.) In the last two Read more about Big Company Gravitational Force[…]
I have approached the title “Money Manager” from a very different starting point. I began as an entrepreneur. Now that I’m here, managing a partnership, I realize just how odd this is. I think 80% of those claiming association with this title have “money” as their focal point. Some 5% have “manager” as their focal Read more about Asset Gatherers vs Capital Allocators[…]
Our team is fantastic… and getting better. I have asked some to leave really good jobs, and they did. I have asked others to trust us after we buy businesses from founders and they have. However, change outside of my control does still occur. I consider it an opportunity. Changes feel like a crack in Read more about It’s Good[…]
by Neil Banwart As we approach the two year mark at Little Engine Ventures, it is appropriate to look back and reflect on how far we have come in this relatively short period of time. As you peruse our website, you read that ‘LEV acquires meaningful portions of traditional small businesses.’ How have we done Read more about Acquire and Innovate[…]
Profitable investment begins with an estimation of the intrinsic value. While quantitative analysis is the bedrock of any practical matter there are situations that call for a discerning eye for quality. Still, if the masses recognize such quality it is unlikely to be offered at a compelling price. No, if you want a discount you Read more about Calculating Contrarian[…]
Purpose: Gather the people that make it possible. Share stories, answer questions and generally make Little Engine Ventures more tangible. Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 Location: Holiday Inn City Centre 515 South St, Lafayette, IN 47901 Time: 8:30 AM Registration & Tradeshow 9:30 AM Daryl’s Welcome & CEO Reports 11:30 AM Lunch & Tradeshow 12:30 Read more about 2018 Annual Meeting[…]