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“Can You Pass the Turkey … And How Much Money Did We Make Last Month?”

“Can You Pass the Turkey … And How Much Money Did We Make Last Month?” The Pitfalls of a Family Member Investor  Ahhh the holidays are among us again (I have no idea how!). Next week, most of us will gather to give thanks for all that we have, as we sit around a table full… | Read the full article »

The Impact of Management Practices on Business Outcomes

The Impact of Management Practices on Business Outcomes New Research Shows Direct Correlation with M&As and Financial Performance  It’s no secret – good management is good business, plain and simple. But is it possible to actually quantify the impact on business outcomes, such as mergers and acquisitions and financial performance? According to research conducted by the… | Read the full article »

Attention CFOs: Financial Targets Don’t Motivate Employees

Attention CFOs: Financial Targets Don’t Motivate EmployeesTips on Motivation Minus the Numbers  Without a doubt, as CFOs, our language is the language of numbers. Simply, numbers make sense. So, it’s probably no surprise that we use them more often than other people. And while it seems intuitive to us that numbers are a great way… | Read the full article »

What Getting Stuck in an Elevator Teaches You

What Getting Stuck in an Elevator Teaches You  There are Lessons in Nearly Every Situation  I recently enjoyed a wonderful evening with some friends and family. We had a lovely dinner and then went to a show. We had purchased tickets for Hamilton years before the pandemic changed our lives, and were thrilled to finally… | Read the full article »

2021’s Great Resignation

2021’s Great Resignation  We are all fully aware of how the pandemic affected the labor market last year. In March and April of 2020 alone, more than 20 million workers lost their jobs, with many of them remaining out of work for months or longer. The economy was clearly crashing, and then, very tentatively, started… | Read the full article »

Corporate Governance Trends and Their Effects on Investor Behavior

Corporate Governance Trends and Their Effects on Investor Behavior  Where We’ve Been; Where We’re Going   A Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance study conducted earlier this year identified the global corporate governance trends that would impact businesses in 2021. The study was based on interviews with investors, pension fund managers, advisors, and other corporate… | Read the full article »

Equity Makes the World (or at least Businesses) Go Round

Equity Makes the World (or at least Businesses) Go Round  Know What You Have Before It Stops Turning  You’re an entrepreneur. You wake up one day with a brilliant idea on how to make people’s lives easier and/or make the world a better place – and you cannot wait to get started. Congratulations! On that day, you own 100%… | Read the full article »

A Review of Month-End and Quarter-End Best Practices

A Review of Month-End and Quarter-End Best Practices Streamlining Processes Before the End of the Year  As we approach the end of the third quarter, it’s time for more than all things pumpkin spice, falling leaves, and cooler temperatures. For CFOs, it’s also time for quarterly financial reviews and audits. The third quarter is particularly relevant… | Read the full article »

The Pandemic’s Larger Impacts on Financial Reporting

The Pandemic’s Larger Impacts on Financial Reporting It’s About Much More than a Loss of Revenue  Many people incorrectly assumed that the pandemic’s only true effect on a business’s financials was a loss (albeit often significant) of revenue. And while that assumption is not even necessarily true of every business (many did very well), Covid-19 impacted… | Read the full article »

Embracing Negotiations in Leadership – How to Break Through Hesitation and Negotiate Your Best Solution

Embracing Negotiations in Leadership How to Break Through Hesitation and Negotiate Your Best Solution   Negotiations are a crucial part of corporate strategy, but not (as some may think) merely for high-stake deals, such as mergers and acquisitions. In fact, leadership frequently requires negotiation on nearly a daily basis. And good leaders understand that negotiating is… | Read the full article »