Introducing: Accelera Partners

Introducing: Accelera Partners

At long last, I'm hanging my own shingle in 2021. Tempting as it was to make this "Hello World" post a shiny open-for-business billboard promoting the new venture—and fast-forward past the soul-searching, fear, and self-doubt—let me back up a bit and share how I got...

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What Are We Really Buying Here?

What Are We Really Buying Here?

A while back, a private equity friend told me: "Embarrassingly... for us, organizational due diligence has been a cursory, "check the box" exercise. But missing things—talent gaps, overstatement of opportunity, key investments we don't realize we'll need to make—has...

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The Growth Lever of All Growth Levers

The Growth Lever of All Growth Levers

“A business is nothing more than people working with other people to do stuff for people.” As a PE investor, it can be easy to lose sight of this as our eyes are glued to the LBO model on our screen, or we’re in the heat of a purchase agreement negotiation. But when we stop to think about what we do through this lens, it makes common-sense why talent is the ultimate meta-lever among growth levers

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A CEO’s Guide to Allying With Your Board

A CEO’s Guide to Allying With Your Board

THE BIG IDEA The best CEO-board relationships are the ones where everyone is on the same team – the ones in which both CEOs and board members partner to take shared responsibility for growth, solve for challenges and mistakes, and celebrate successes. Our view the...

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If You Want to Win, “Elevate the Middle”

If You Want to Win, “Elevate the Middle”

In the 1960’s, Dr. Lawrence Peters set out to understand and diagnose what he called “occupational incompetence” - a more diplomatic way of referring to a timeless issue in workplaces: people who stink at their jobs. His findings went on to become famously known as...

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