Diversification Motive

A business owner should diversify when the market no longer responds profitably enough to justify reinvestment –and there is still entrepreneurial appetite, capacity, and talent remaining. The default should be reinvestment in one’s primary endeavor, where the insights and probabilities are strongest. If a firm begins to lose value, then the owner should make changes Read more about Diversification Motive[…]

Making Order While Retaining Decentralization

Our General Managers run sales and operations. And they’re great. I provide “entrepreneurial services.” Some probably prefer I stand down, wild man. When we launched, I used the phrase “we believe in decentralization” quite often. At the time, I had a vague understanding of what that meant exactly. I figured the simple definition was “Hire Read more about Making Order While Retaining Decentralization[…]

Common Practice Too Often Replaces Common Sense

This week a prospective business seller said he didn’t run his business according to traditional cost accounting methods. (I had asked about gross margins to get a sense of gross profit. This is an important indicator to me because it often reveals intellectual property and annual growth ceiling.) He gently said, “that’s just not how Read more about Common Practice Too Often Replaces Common Sense[…]

Notes & Commentary on “Common Stocks & Uncommon Profits” by Phil A Fisher (with applications to private companies)

I recently re-read Phil A Fisher’s classic, “Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits.” After first speed-reading a book, I return to those I think worthwhile, and the second time through take notes. On subsequent times I refine my notes. Below are my refined notes after several re-reads. Most of the words are the authors. Any errors Read more about Notes & Commentary on “Common Stocks & Uncommon Profits” by Phil A Fisher (with applications to private companies)[…]

Low Opportunity Cost Investing

Opportunity cost is one of those concepts that slinks away from you when you’re not looking. For that reason, I start with the definition. Opportunity Cost – “the loss of potential gain from other alternatives when one alternative is chosen” How can the opportunity cost be zero? When you select your best alternative you sacrifice Read more about Low Opportunity Cost Investing[…]