Tag: CEO

Why the CEO Needs to Like Their Financial Leader

When The Strategic CFO was first founded in 1999, there was a lot of disregard for financial leaders and CFOs. If accountants could do their job, there was no need for a CFO. At least, that’s what many CEOs have thought. But we have been writing, consulting, and coaching those in leadership roles to lead

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Become a Trusted Advisor to your CEO

Summer is quickly transitioning to fall as the weather gets cooler and millions of Americans get ready for football season. Fantasy teams are drafted. Lucky jerseys are dusted off. Schedules are cleared for Monday night football. The action is enticing and our minds focus on all the excitement outside of work. But many neglect to

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The CFO Guide to Your CEO

Wouldn’t it be great if we had a guide for everything we do? A guide for marriage? A parenting guide? A guide to dealing with difficult times?  Or maybe a CFO guide to understanding your CEO? Typically, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) come from an operational or sales background. Naturally, Chief Financial Officers (CFO) do not

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Can a CFO be a CEO?

One question I get often is, can a CFO be a CEO? After being in the business of working with CFOs for over 25 years, I’ve learned one thing… CFOs and CEOs under historical contexts do not understand each other. Because of that, it’s been my sole mission to transition the role of a CFO into a

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Optimistic Projections

By publishing overly-optimistic projections, your company could be at risk for internal financial problems, misleading investors, miscalculating inventory and staff, and more. As we reach the halfway point in the year,  it’s time to revisit whether your company has realistic or optimistic projections.  Are your sales projections still on target?  Now is a good time

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CEOs Want a Wingman

As part of my research on leadership for our Coaching Workshops, I met with several Houston-area entrepreneurs to determine what a CEO wants in a CFO.  One of the last people I met with made a comment that I felt summed up all the things the CEOs were looking for.  He said he was basically looking for

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CEO’s Role in a Company

There is some confusion about just what exactly is the CEO’s role in a company. Some people think it is to be the manager of the organization. Others think it might be to be the face of the company to the public. CEO’s Role in a Company Let’s ask the question another way. How does

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What The CEO Wants You to Know

Book: What the CEO Wants You to Know What the CEO Wants You to Know by Ram Charan is one of the financial leadership books that we encourage all of our coaching participants to read. In this book, you will learn… How your company really works Developing business acumen Tackling complexity Viewing business like an investor

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General Counsel on the Board

See Also: Ten In-House Secrets for Reducing Your Company’s Legal Costs Red Herring Board of Directors Benefits of an Advisory Board How to Form an Advisory Board General Counsel on the Board It was once far more common for Boards of Directors to include a lawyer who doubled as general counsel. Some boards still engage

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What is a Board of Directors?

See Also: Ten In-House Secrets for Reducing Your Company’s Legal Costs Red Herring Benefits of an Advisory Board How to Form an Advisory Board Advisory Board Best Practices What is a Board of Directors? The board of directors is an essential part of business, what is a board of directors? The board of directors is

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Every Leader Needs a Coach

Every leader needs a coach. This person is someone who has helped you develop your individual skills, knowledge, and ability to better perform your job or given task. But no matter the profession, be it billionaire business owners, world famous athletes to the little league sports player, they are able to pinpoint a particular person

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Should You Pay Your Interns?

Have you ever wondered if you should pay your interns? You have probably heard others praising the benefits of hiring low-cost, energetic, and eager-to-learn interns. But the question on your mind is, should you pay your interns? Should You Pay Your Interns? As an entrepreneur and CEO, I often feel like I have too many

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