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T Paul Thomas

When Should the Founder Hire a CEO?

In the last 30 days, I have had four different CEO/founders come to me about a number of issues that all point to one thing. Is it time to hire an outside CEO/president/COO? I truly believe this one decision is the toughest for any founder/CEO to make. It involves coming to the realization that your […]

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How Do You Know It’s Time to Quit?

This month, I am touching on knowing when is it time to shut down the business, part ways with an employee (or partner) or just move on yourself.   “I knew from day one something wasn’t right”   Listen to your gut. And it will tell you a lot. A CEO I work with has […]

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Be the Yoda of Networking

During a recent CEO Peer Group meeting, one of my CEOs asked if I knew anyone who could help with some specialty financing and leasing programs. I mentioned that I did and would make an introduction. Another member who happens to be a Paul too said, “We now refer to you as the Yoda of […]

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“Ask the CEO”  Should the Founders be Fired?

The majority of my CEO positions involved being brought on board to help the founders once they had accepted venture capital funding. It was commonly referred to as Adult Supervision. Once, while being interviewed by a founder for the CEO role, I was asked, “Do you not like founders?” He asked that question because he […]

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What to Consider When Buying a Business with Partners

Over the years, former mentors and business associates send me great stories that I use during my lectures at Northern Arizona University. Marsha Morgan was my very first manager out of college and to this day we are great friends (which is a column for the future about the importance of maintaining relationships, staying in […]

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‘I Quit Because My Scissors Are Broken’

 Over the last few months, I have received wonderful comments and feedback on my columns that have dealt with taking care of employees and doing things like writing notes, holding one-on-ones, and doing a better job of communicating. That being said, I still haven’t convinced everyone yet. In the last 30 days, I actually had […]

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Don’t You Know Who I Am?

 Because we are starting a new year, the idea of New Year’s resolutions comes to mind. Just this week, someone sent me an email and asked if businesses should have New Year’s resolutions just like individuals do. While I have never done this for my companies (with the exception of a financial plan or budget), […]

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Speak the Language: Remember, It Is the Little Things

For my column this month, I have decided to write about two things that I experienced in the last 30 days. Both have real world lessons for anyone running a company or managing a business or employees. Speak the Language My youngest son, Ross, will be graduating from Northern Arizona University in December and we […]

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