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Bonding with Budgets

Often, when people think of budgets, images of CPAs and CFOs come to mind. They’d assume leave the numbers to those with the titles and letters following their names. However, in reality, budgets are for many more than just those with accounting backgrounds. In fact, allindividuals with any spending authority in an organization should be comfortable bonding with the organization’s budget.   A budget is an invaluable tool to help individuals make… | Read the full article »

Choosing Gratitude

While this year has given us challenges beyond what any of us could have imagined, I choose to be thankful for all the experiences I have had and lessons I have learned in 2020. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to have gratitude above all else.   Early this year, if someone had told me I would be okay with certain things, I would have said, “No, not me. I just can’t live like that!” Admittedly, there were many ‘I can’ts.’ … | Read the full article »

Could Due Diligence Impair Your Exit Strategy?

I have noted that, even during these days of the COVID pandemic, there is still a lot of money in the PE and VC world that investors must spend for firms to survive.  PE and VC firms invest in companies with a plan to exit the investment in three to five years. The exit can… | Read the full article »

Dogs Will Lie, but the Numbers Will Not

Are you wrapped around your pet’s little paw? We are, despite the fact that we recently learned they will lie to us. Last night, I fed our Maltese and Bichon Frise their dinners and went about my evening activities. Later, my husband, Glenn, came into the kitchen and the little guys acted as if they… | Read the full article »

Keeping Your House…and Your Books…In Order

When I have guests over for dinner, I empty trash cans, pull out the cloth napkins, and replace the everyday hand towel with a nice guest towel. The morning after the dinner party, I almost always say to myself that we should keep the house this tidy and organized all the time. A decluttered house… | Read the full article »

Stay Safe

Stay Safe. People are closing emails with this entreaty, wishing it of friends and family at the end of a gathering. The caution is a new reality in our life.   “Stay safe” has many different interpretations to each of us and it is difficult to lead a team and keep them “safe” with so many interpretations. We cannot, as leaders, let the fear factor impact our ability to lead. We must remember that we… | Read the full article »

Oh no – not again!

Many entrepreneurs who launch a business are focused on selling and bringing in revenue so much they are not thinking about the type of infrastructure needed to efficiently operate their business. I have to admit that some of this even happened to me when I first began my consulting practice. All of the support I… | Read the full article »

Times have changed, or have they?

Since March nearly everyone in the world has experienced change in their lives beyond our average experience. Some of the changes have been stressful and devastating; some have been positive. Most people with whom I have spoken have found times of joy in spending more time with their loved ones, having the time to cook,… | Read the full article »

Don’t Just Hope For the Best – What Does the Data Tell You?

Don’t Just Hope For the Best – What Does the Data Tell You? For months, the headlines have screamed that millions of small businesses will file bankruptcy due to impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic. Perhaps you have had the thought in the back of your mind, calculating how many weeks you can remain in business before considering closing… | Read the full article »

To eat eggs or not – that is the question.

Those of us who work to manage our cholesterol have received conflicting information about eating eggs. I grew up loving eggs, but then, as an adult, I was told not to eat them due to high cholesterol. Then the nutrition experts decided you can eat egg whites. Now it is back to eat your eggs… | Read the full article »