The inspiration for writing this book are my father and mother, who experienced a great loss when our family business failed. They showed great courage, honor, and determination to “pull themselves up by the boot laces.” These attributes are reflected in my brother, Brent, and sister, Kerrie, and I wanted to acknowledge them as part of the book’s underlying story. My wife, Suzie, and my children, Jack and Meg, are a source of personal learning. They feel no reluctance in pointing out my failures. I also appreciate the contributions from my good mates, Professors Johan Wiklund, Mike Haynie, Melissa Cardon, Jeff Covin, and Don Kuratko, who have been instrumental in helping develop my ideas on this topic, which has led to the publication ...

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