The TAB Story

Allen Fishman launched TAB in 1991 in St. Louis. It was an outgrowth of his experience utilizing a board heavily for advice as he lead the turnaround of Tipton Electronics. He realized that the board was invaluable to him. But what about the private business owner? Where do they go for advice? This is why Allen created TAB.

Allen wrote a nationally syndicated weekly column called Business Insights and is a best-selling author, having written four books for private business owners that embody the philosophy of the TAB system. As a business owner himself, Allen understands the situation of the business owner very well. The following are select excerpts from Allen’s “Seven Secrets of Great Entrepreneurial Masters” that help explain the motivation for creating The Alternative Board.

“As a small-business owner, my personal life is inextricably intertwined with my business life. Every major decision I make has potential impact on all aspects of my life, not just my business life. Both my personal and business lives are responsible for creating the dynamics that have given me the ability to be successful and happy in my role of entrepreneur. I have created a situation in which I work only when I want to, and only with those whom I choose.”

“In 1990, I identified what seemed to me to be the greatest need of small-business owners: the need for peer advice from fellow business owners and coaching from experienced professionals who were armed with a process to achieve greater personal and business success.”

“My father believed that winners put themselves in control of their own futures instead of just reacting to situations or being subjected to the whims of others. He ingrained in me the importance of not overreacting to the actions of others, and he encouraged me to continually define and redefine my dreams while going after them. I was repeatedly told that patience, planning, and innovation were the needed ingredients for bringing my dreams to life.”

“TAB is making a difference in the lives of thousands of business owners around the world. I’m a lucky guy. I am living my dreams with the help of the same belief system that is presented in this book. You can too. Let’s get started on the road to your success.”

At TAB, we believe:

    • Collective wisdom brings strategic advantage;
    • accountability hastens individual and business success;
    • drive and creativity engender greater possibilities and
    • clarity of advice eliminates fear of change.

If this story and our purpose appeals to you, learn about some other benefits of running a TAB business.

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