The Chemistry of Culture

According to the Harvard Business Review, humans today are hardwired very much in the same manner as we were in the Stone Age. We still fight furiously when threatened and are driven to trade information and share secrets, for example. However, what works in the wild when faced with a saber-toothed tiger may hinder our…

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Advice vs Opinion

Can We Be Candid? Advice You Can Use. Here at The ABplatform, the most common reason potential customers cite for not wanting to build an advisory board is, “I already get too much advice. I don’t need any more.” I get it, I really do. I head up the Long Range Planning Committee at my…

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What Company Culture Is…And Is Not

Here is a fact: A healthy company culture is not just a nice-to-have on a potential employee’s job requirement checklist. It’s the first thing on their checklist. And here is another fact: Free Beer Fridays, Lego building contests, pet insurance, a personal assistant for every employee, and other perks are NOT part of the company’s…

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The ABplatform Board Management

Want 200 hours of your time back + a high functioning Advisory Board? Have an advisory board that started out with great energy and then flatlined? While you are rightfully focusing on what’s in front of you, the long-term strategic discussions get delayed, and your board disengages. But don’t give up. There is plenty of…

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How to Get Advice You Can Actually Use

Maybe you’ve heard this one before… Bob loved his 1968 classic Mustang convertible. It was his first true restoration, and he had worked hard to learn everything about her.  So when it came to maintaining her, he knew best. One Saturday morning, he started up the car just to hear it purr. She wouldn’t start!…

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Out-Scaling the Competition: Comlinkdata

How Comlinkdata Leveraged a Strategic Advisory Board to Catalyze the Next Chapter of Growth The ABplatform provides end-to-end tailored solutions to help companies of all sizes and stages across a variety of industries design, recruit, onboard, and manage high-performing Advisory Boards. The Mission Comlinkdata, now Opensignal, is the leading provider of independent insights and data…

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Does An Advisory Board Deliver Any ROI?

Does an advisory board deliver any ROI? The answer is a firm “it depends.”   Advisory Boards CAN have value In general, they provide a shortcut to better decisions. Specifically, they can: Open new markets: Trying to enter the test tube market in Poland? Maybe it would be good to have someone who knows the…

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Do Advisory Boards Work, and What Makes Them Effective?

An Advisory Board is a body that advises the management of an organization, foundation or corporation. Unlike a Board of Directors, an Advisory Board has no authority to vote on matters, nor does it have any legal or fiduciary responsibility. Read the full article here.

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The How, When and Which of Successful Private Equity Fundraising

Private equity funding could be a lifeline for your business, whether you are in the survival or growth stage. However, securing funding from private investors requires more than just a great idea—a lot more. Before a PE comes to the table with a checkbook, they’re looking for a comprehensive answer to this question: “Why should…

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