Matters Column

A weekly column on matters concerning legal, money, small business, family business and people issues.

ARTICLES

Of courtroom capers, sanctions and squeezed babies

February 27, 2015
A lawyer friend, Brian, occasionally mentions the idea of "innocently" placing a colorful bag on his table during an opposing lawyer's final argument. Read More

Answer the door whenever opportunity knocks

February 20, 2015
When opportunity knocks, some seek to shift the blame, excusing themselves from any responsibility for the challenges life might place before them. Read More

Three necessities for taking your business to the next level

February 13, 2015
Quarter 1 of calendar year 2015 has started and many businesses are hoping to accomplish everything they planned for during the next calendar year. Read More

Firing a malignant employee is a difficult but necessary chore

February 6, 2015
I hate to use a sports story to make a small business point, but this one is just too good to pass up. The Detroit Pistons have been one of the worst teams in the NBA for several years. Read More

Raising kids amidst family business success

January 30, 2015
The next generation of family business owners is required to be many things. They are expected to be smart — even smarter than their talented entrepreneurial parents. Read More

Marriages come and go, but divorce is often forever

January 23, 2015
Last Christmas Eve, I got a voicemail from my son Shamus asking if I knew of a divorce lawyer named Mr. Barnhart. Read More

To make a difference, we must view things differently

January 16, 2015
We often receive an unexpected boost from motivational quotes. Read More

The swinging pendulum: Where is it headed next?

January 2, 2015
There is a delicate balance between ownership and labor, and government and business, and the pendulum that swings between those balances affects your life. Read More

How can family businesses retain key outsiders?

December 26, 2014
The ability to attract and retain talented employees is key to the long-term success of any business. Read More