Category: Execution

Roger Murphy’s Significant Life & Murphy Business Brokerage

Living a significant life that has a significant positive impact on others is a great accomplishment.  I believe that the investments of Greybull Stewardship are a force for good in the world and have a significant positive impact.  That is certainly true for business brokerage generally, Roger… Continue reading

Founder-Led Companies Return Three Times S&P 500 Average

A study in 2016 from Bain & Company shows that over the past 15 years “founder-led companies deliver shareholder returns that are three times higher than those of other S&P 500 companies.” Therefore, we at Greybull Stewardship focus on those founder-led, or founder-involved, companies. We… Continue reading

Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch

The massage school where I am a co-owner, the National Holistic Institute, recently had our annual all staff gathering in Northern California.  It is a big investment, but also a critical culture investment to get everyone on the same page.  In a school, the interactions… Continue reading

The Business Cycle Also Rises – Hard-Earned Wisdom of Business Cycles

A business cycle increase the degree of difficulty in managing a business.  Watching (and experiencing) some unconnected sectors undergoing big cycles right now has me thinking about cycles.  Here are some big ones currently: a) Silicon Valley start-up valuations declining after a 7-8 year boom,… Continue reading

Network of Experts to Support Greybull Companies

“There are always more smart people outside your company than inside your company.” We are utilizing this idea in our strategy to assist our portfolio companies in Greybull Stewardship.  Network of Experts As we think about the future of Greybull, we have been thinking about… Continue reading

Cheers to the Greybull All-Star Management Teams and CEOs

I love the companies Greybull Stewardship has invested with and I love working with the all-star management teams running those businesses.  As we turn the corner into 2016, those are my overwhelming thoughts and feelings.  Greybull All-Star Management Teams Here are some of the reasons why:… Continue reading

Dodging Bullets Keys Investment Success

Great investors have skills to seize opportunities and get into good situations.  Equally as important can be the skill at “scrambling out of bad situations,” as Charlie Munger would say, or “dodging bullets” as it sometimes feels when helping companies solve challenges.  At the Berkshire meeting… Continue reading

Ownership Mind: A Prerequisite for Equity Owning

There is an old fashion idea that one “should dress for the position that you want.”  If you want to be a bank executive, you should wear a suit and tie even if your current role does not require it.  Not sure this reference is totally relevant… Continue reading

Rational Investing vs Irrational Entrepreneurship (Admirable Idealism)

When asked at this year’s meeting, “What matters most at Berkshire Hathaway?”  Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett quickly agreed: “Seeing things the way they are.” Rational As Opposed to Smart Warren and Charlie then went to one of their favorite topics about how the success of… Continue reading

A Business Strategy to Capture More Value

The best entrepreneurs and business owners know that capturing value, not just creating value, is critical to success. The phrase “capturing value” is not meant to convey a zero-sum concept of one person capturing what another person loses. It is a way of saying that… Continue reading