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Business Transformation Part 2: Warning Signs that Your Business Needs a Makeover

Last time we defined business transformation and its role in a thriving business. How can you know when your business might need a transformation or major tune-up? Here are nine warning signs that you may be overdue. Is your financial data accurate and correctly organized? Lack of good financial reporting […]

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Is There a T.I.G.E.R. in Your Office? 5 Things Your Business Dashboard Must Do

Powerful Business Dashboards are TIGERs

There are hundreds of ways to look our business – we can spend hours staring at financial statements and ratios. But financial statements alone won’t help us make progress…what an entrepreneur really needs is a map. A great “business dashboard” can be that map, showing us not just where we […]

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A Tale of Three Radically Different CFOs: How to Hire a Part Time CFO that Fits Your Company Culture

Part Time CFO Swat Team

Hiring a CFO is tough: No other role will be so crucial to your success, so getting the right chemistry, skill set, experience and personality is vital. Its no wonder that more and more business owners are outsourcing the CFO role using a Part Time CFO or “Fractional CFO Service”.

But not all Outsourced CFO service providers are the same. Let’s take a look at the three most common CFOs and the ways they work with – and within – a business. Which one is right for you: The Cowboy, the Rain Maker or the Swat Team?

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The Least Fun You’ll Have this Holiday: Year End Tax Planning Checklist

It’s a shame, really, that we have to interrupt our joyous year-end holidays with gut-wrenching year-end tax planning… So to minimize the pain, I’ve put together a quick list of the 6 things I think you should know this year.  Put down the fruitcake and eggnog for just a second, […]

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How to Live with your CFO: Fixing a Dysfunctional CFO-CEO Relationship

CFO CEO Relationship

The best way to build a strong, profitable and sustainable company is to start with a solid CFO-CEO relationship. In the best companies, the two executives are in lock-step, working together to realize a common vision. And in doing so, they divide the work, compliment each other’s strengths and have each other’s back.

When it works well, the interplay and support between CEO and CFO creates value greater than the sum of its parts and catapults the company past the competition. When it fails, the bad relationship can tear an organization apart at the seams.
Creating a great CFO-CEO relationship does not happen naturally. Like a marriage, the relationship takes time, effort and self awareness to understand how your work style impacts your CFO (and vice-versa).
If you and your CFO are not working together to build the strongest company possible, perhaps its time for some couple’s counseling. See if you recognize yourself in any of these three common relationship danger zones:

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How to Use Customer Segmentation to Drive Higher Profits

Customer Segmentation Strategies

In almost every business, just 20% of customers account for 80% of profits. And many businesses would be better off if they simply did not have to serve the bottom 80% at all!

But before you go out and fire 4 of every 5 customers, take a closer look. By understanding the profitability of each customer segment, and adjusting your operations accordingly, you can keep the customers and maximize profits.

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How to Win a $100 million Finance Defamation Lawsuit

If you’ve been slandered publicly in print or on the internet, It is possible to win a defamation lawsuit. This recent judgement is a great case study in how to win.

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Raising Venture Capital: Big Headlines Hide the Ugly Truth

Raising VC Money is Not As Easy As the Headlines Make it Seem

Dataminr, Inc. is celebrating a new $130 million investment from leading angels and VC… on top of $50 million raised since opening their doors in 2009. The latest investment values the company north of $700 million.

Do headlines like that leave you Dazzled? Jealous? Do they make you think that raising venture capital is the easy, fast and sexy? Think again. Behind the headlines are 4 tough truths about raising venture capital and private equity.

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