My first CFO job was working for a relatively small organization with an administrative assistant who still used a typewriter and refused to have a computer on her desk. She had been with the company since its origination and she knew where everything was located. She had all the contracts, historical Board reports and legal… | Read the full article »
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When you scale you need to have a more analytical approach of targeting and segmentation, but in the beginning, it’s more much qualitative. (Pavel Malos 6/11/18, uxdesign.cc) Chief Executive Officers, Board Members, and Investors have a fiscal responsibility to ensure an organization can handle planned growth. For-profit business leaders must back up the strategy with… | Read the full article »
Most founders and CEOs are certain their business is a good investment and that others should see it that way. Unfortunately, that is not the case in a high number of instances when we dive deeper into the aspects of a company. We each have a unique set of characteristics that drives us and puts… | Read the full article »
I am excited to announce the publication of my new book Pitching to Win: Strategies for Success! During my more 30 years of experience as a CFO and financial strategist, I have come across many businesses who do not understand the concept of financial readiness. This is particularly important if they are attempting to ready a company… | Read the full article »
C-level executives, particularly financial executives, historically have relied exclusively on their technical abilities and work ethic to advance up the corporate ladder, within the same organization. My father talks about when recruiters came to Georgia Tech in 1959 to discuss with upcoming graduates their potential future with the company, including their retirement plans. The expectation… | Read the full article »
Placing paper checks in the mail to vendors places your company at risk if you are placing them in the mail without Positive Pay. Why don’t you just play Russian roulette with a full chamber or ride a motorcycle without a helmet? That may seem a little over the top, but the paper check is… | Read the full article »
I have had the opportunity to work with creative, tenacious entrepreneurs who add disruptive technology and new functionality to our world. I understand that as these wonderful people are creating, they do not always think about the best way to maintain the sales and customer infrastructure they need on the back end. A new court… | Read the full article »
Do you have your head in the sand – have you ignored my advice about being prepared for the Florida hurricane season? Here are critical items you should consider now that will help you keep your head out of the sand by being prepared. The good news: Weather.com’s Hurricane Central reports a less active hurricane… | Read the full article »
Money is everywhere! Banks, investment firms, and alternative lenders are getting incredibly creative with their marketing tactics to find companies to purchase and invest in. CEOs and Founders can become exuberant and confident they are the next best thing since Uber – Unicorn status is right around the corner in this market. They are a… | Read the full article »
During an especially stressful day, I decided a Whole Foods Green smoothie was just the thing to help relieve the cortisol I felt building in my system. Their green smoothie is one of my favorite drinks, I can just feel the goodness going down. I ran into Whole Foods, straight to the juice/smoothie counter. There… | Read the full article »