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Managing Careers In A Family Business


wealthymattersIn family businesses, hiring and staffing decisions are based on relationship and obligation as much as on competence and experience. After all, one purpose of family businesses is to provide employment for the family members ! But that doesn’t mean all family members perform effectively,all the time. People may slack off or stop collaborating, and sometimes they get a pass for their mistakes or behaviors. At times, they may even be disruptive to the smooth running of the business.

So what can be done in such circumstances? Read more of this post

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Small Wonders


wealthymattersIn the US some 350 non-employee businesses report a revenue of $5 million or more.

Some 2100 non-employee businesses have a revenue ranging between $5 million – $2.5 million

2.6 lakh non-employee businesses have receipts of $0.5 million to $1 million

5.85 lakh non-employee businesses gross receipts of $0.25 million -$0.5 billion.

 

The Launch Of Wonder Home Finance, The RK Group’s Newest Venture


Grains, edible oils, utensils, fuels,aromatics, printing, moneylending, cinema,ship chandling etc.etc, a whole hodgepodge of seemingly unrelated businesses of the PSTS, PSTP, PSTC family meant I always knew it was possible for people to be simultaneously present and successful in widely divergent businesses.I also knew that if I listened carefully enough to the insiders,I’d understand the method behind what to outsiders looks like madness in these ventures.Ask me too how PSTS,PSTP&PSTC became shadows of themselves,and I have my views.Unfortunately such study is only good enough to tell me what not to do,what to guard against or insure.And all brakes is no good when you are setting out to build.What I really need in my position today are insights into the habits of P,S &T to which I could attribute their success.And to figure that out,I have nothing more than a few old papers and familylore affected by a few generations of retellings to rely on.And perhaps rely a bit on my gut instincts bred by the DNA we share.

So as luck would have it,when I heard of the story of another family of three brothers,in another small town,in another far corner of the country, that in contemporary times rose from grain to become the largest producers of marble in the world and then went on to set up a state of the art cement manufacturing unit in collaboration with ThyssenKrupp and Pfeiffer with the aim to become the foremost name in premium cement in the country and was now venturing into housing finance ,I simply had to attend the Wonder Home Finance launch event in Jaipur on Aug1 and try to learn as much as I could by keeping my eyes and ears open. Read more of this post

Learning From Talal


 

Hire enthusiasm they say. And I always thought I had that lesson mastered. Afterall, I already find it hard to sit round instructing others on how to do things in a way that ensures that the work we turn out meets my standards of perfection, so why would I compound my own agony by hiring a person reluctant to work?

But then these days, the Arabs are teaching me a different way of seeing business. Much learning. Read more of this post

Fixed Deposits And Equities In The Barbell Strategy


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If the all the risk-reward stories of the portfolio theory mutualfundwale don’t grab you, here’s an alternative strategy for the independent investor : The Barbell Strategy.

Here’s what it involves :

Building a portfolio that recalls a barbell. That is : On one side, there’s a basket of extremely safe investments. On the other side, there’s a basket of extremely speculative plays. The weight is distributed between two extremes, with almost nothing in the middle. Read more of this post

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