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Quotes Every Financial Leader Needs to Read

A few weeks ago, I started another series of our Financial Leadership Workshop, and in Day 1, we discuss that paradigm shift that needs to take place to go from accounting to financial leadership. So, I compiled all the quotes from all of my curriculum that make me think… How can I lead my company differently? What can I

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Do You Hire a Controller or a CFO?

Many people use Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) and Controller interchangeably because they think it is the same position. In some companies, a Controller could be the top financial leader. But that does not mean they are a CFO or CFO-level. Before we answer the question of do you hire a Controller or a CFO, we

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How CFOs Can Drive Revenue Growth

The financial type is stereotypically called a “bean counter” because they focus primarily on the costs or overhead. That’s the easy route to take. They can manage the costs without having to walk outside their office or cubical to talk to another person or department. But a financial leader needs to help drive revenue growth

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Flash Reports Are a Game Changer

When we talk to people who have sales or operations backgrounds, we quickly pick up on their hatred/dislike/disdain/etc. for accounting. We get it. Accounting can be boring, especially if it’s not used for management purposes. But when we talk with the management team either in our coaching workshops or our consulting practice, we always implement

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The Next Generation of Financial Leaders

As the baby boomers are retiring from the workforce and Generation X are becoming the most senior employees, it’s time to start looking at the next generation of financial leaders. Currently, the Millennial generation is the largest working generation in our economy. They have some quirky habits and behaviors – namely, their use of technology.

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Marketing Fraud

See also: Intangible Assets: Protecting Your Brand and Reputation The Red Flags of Fraud Dealing with Employee Fraud Marketing Plan 7 Warning Signs of Fraud Marketing Mix Protect Yourself: A Guide to Non-Compete Agreements Does Your Business Need A Financial Audit? Becoming a Smart CEO Marketing Fraud Definition The marketing fraud definition is the false

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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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Spot a Zombie Company

Last week, I talked with several lenders, investors, and entrepreneurs. One of the topics that kept coming up was their client’s problems wasn’t cash – even though their clients tried to convince them of it. While cash was an issue that needed to be addressed, the problem instead lies in the leadership. A few weeks

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Knowing Your Economics: The Discipline of the Financial Leader

Michael Gerber said it best in his book, E-Myth Mastery, “there is nothing in the creation and operation of a company that so seemingly conspires to confuse, intimidate, overwhelm, complicate, rationalize, and metastasize the plain ignorance of the average business guy, or woman, then money” (172). But why is that so? It’s because as humans,

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What’s the purpose of attending holiday parties?

It’s that time of the year when every night, weekend, and day is filled with Christmas parties, company holiday parties, and gift giving galore! If you’re an introvert like most financial types, it can be exhausting to put yourself out there socially. I always ask every year, “what’s the purpose of attending holiday parties?” Trust

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Financial Leaders and Cyber Security

Does your company bank online? Have QuickBooks or PeachTree online? Take credit card transactions online? Have any financial information online? Have a website or an email address? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are at risk for a cyber security threat. It’s no question that as technology evolves, the issue of

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How to Produce Realistic Sales Projections

2016 has flown by and we are already in the fourth quarter! As we wrap up the year in just over a month, strategic planning for 2017 is happening in businesses across the world. As the person responsible for the bottom line, your job as a financial leader is quite simply to improve profits and cash flow.

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