A Business Lesson from Jack Nicholson

You may remember the scene from the movie Five Easy Pieces.  It’s the one where Jack Nicholson is at a diner and desires to have plain toast.  The problem is that plain toast is not on the menu.  The dialogue is hilarious, but carries an important message for our times. Nicholson: “I’d like an omelet, […]

Can you Handle the Pain?

Many years ago, we were engaged to perform our Strategic Review on a practice and assist with various implementation projects.  This client was financially successful, but the practice was in disarray.  The business had clearly outgrown its current organization and systems.  The client (an O.D./husband and manager/wife team) were literally “owned” by the practice.  They […]

It Starts with Hello!

At Cleinman Performance Partners, we work on a lot of transactions.  Our Transaction Services Group covers a lot of territory.  We handle divestitures, acquisitions, mergers, employment relationships, appraisals…even divorce settlements.  Unique to our firm, our services cover the entire width and breadth of a transaction, from visioning to analytical to documentation to transition support.  Soup […]

Lessons from a Hamburger

Can you imagine taking a $30 cab ride for a $5 hamburger?  I’ve made that investment…on several occasions.  I’d do it tomorrow if I could. My pilgrimage and loyalty is to an absolute mecca of fast food, In N Out Burger.   Founded in California in 1948, the 300+ location, family-owned enterprise, now has footprints in […]

Trust the fail

I’ve been a student of failure for much of my life. As far as I can remember, I’ve failed. And, indeed, I want to keep failing…if I can. When I was but six, with parents as small town grocers and away much of the day, I held a yard sale. I gathered up a variety […]

How Safe Is Your Business?

“Concentration of Risk” is a banking term which designates the overall spread of a bank’s outstanding accounts over the number or variety of debtors to whom the bank has lent money.  If the bank has $100mm in outstanding loans and a loan is for $1mm, then the risk concentration is 1%.  This example indicates a relatively low […]

Blow Something Up!

It’s near the beginning of the fourth quarter. Of course, by now, you’ve got a good understanding of how this year will conclude. You’ve compared your 2016 plan to your actual performance and have made the mid-course corrections necessary to meet your goals. You’re starting to get an understanding of your 2017 objectives and have […]

On Gaining Perspective

Step back for a moment. Take a deep breath. Now ask yourself two important questions. Where am I? Where am I going? If you’re like the majority, you’ve likely never even asked yourself these questions. Like most, if you’re not fooling yourself, you’re simply on the road of life. And your daily activities are largely […]

A Message from Dylan

Optometrists are generally a conservative bunch.  You don’t like to rock the boat.  You have the lowest divorce rate of almost any profession (not a bad stat).   You seek a balanced life and camaraderie among your team.  You do business with folks with whom you are NOT strategically aligned because change comes hard.  The majority […]