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June 14, 2021

June 14, 2021
Sick Transit Gloria
SIC TRANSIT GLORIA While it might look easy from the outside, one of the most difficult jobs of anyone who advises a business owner—whether it’s a senior member of the company or a hired consultant—is being the person whose job it is to whisper in the client’s ear that their ego is becoming a problem. It’s even more difficult for them to accomplish this feat without losing their head or getting fired. Yet this is perhaps one of the most important aspects of their job that is never mentioned in the job description. Most small businesses have been enjoying a long stretch of success over the past several years. Admittedly, the Coronavirus caused a scare, but the evidence seems to suggest that many businesses, especially those in the trades, enjoyed growth in 2020 and are continuing that performance with an even stronger year in 2021. While this is without a doubt great news for many small businesses and their workers, it also presents a paradoxical threat to their continued success. In the 1970 movie Patton, actor George C. Scott, who plays General Patton, is visiting the site of an ancient battle when he muses to his chief of staff:“For over