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, […]

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 […]

Change the Game!

Competition!  This word often strikes fear in the minds of ECPs.  Having the perspective of a student who has studied the business side of optometry for over 40 years, I’ve seen this fear evolve.  When Pearle Vision began its expansion in the 1970s, I heard fear.  When Lenscrafters arrived on the scene in the 1980s, […]

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 […]

A Different Kind of Thanksgiving Message

As I travel around the country speaking to private-practice optometrists and their teams, I often discuss branding, markets, and market share.  Ours is a dynamic world, with killer competition coming from multiple fronts.  Competition for the private ECP is increasing.  They must deal with messaging from big box retailers, vision plans, private equity consolidators and […]

Pushing the Envelope

  Opternative Files Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn State Law Smart Vision Labs Launches Telemedicine Pilot Program Warby Parker Contemplates 1000 Brick and Mortar Locations Our industry is changing at warp speed.  The pressures on you are mounting in an ever-more complex world.  You and your team are dealing with organizational and commercial issues for which […]

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 […]