Finance Talent Issues? Three Considerations…

In a Q2 2015 survey of CFO’s conducted by a global consulting firm, nearly two-thirds of participants sited challenges attracting talent into their finance organizations.  Finance professionals wrestle with some of the most daunting challenges in the workplace; however, managing...

Why you should think like a 19th century German military strategist

19th century German field marshal, Helmuth von Moltke, is famous for saying “No plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force.” Translation: the best made plans always change when met with reality; particularly in robust,...

Learn from a Jock: Part 4

Lesson IV – Discipline and Focus Drive Value This final installment focuses on the fact that every business, as every wrestler, has a core competency that needs to be nurtured. It is a lesson demonstrated by some of the best wrestlers ever. John Smith was one of the best...

Learn from a Jock: Part 3

Lesson III – Refracting ‘Costs’ Through the Right Prism What costs have you incurred to get your business where it needs to be? Throughout my 18-year wrestling career I regularly took stock of the costs of being a champion. And it is a lesson I apply in my...

Learn from a Jock: Part 2

Lesson II – Garbage In, Garbage Out In my last note, I discussed the first lesson I learned during my 18-year wrestling career that I apply to business – how numbers drive performance. The second lesson I want to share is the fact that you can only get out of your...

Learn from a Jock: Part 1

Four Business Strategies Finance Executives Can Learn from a Jock During a recent trip to New York, I visited a private equity client whose offices overlooked Times Square in mid-town Manhattan. As I awaited the start of the meeting, I peered over a frenzied crowd surrounding an...

The Org Chart Makeover

I recently wrote about ways to mitigate the risk of burning out your human capital during the economic downtown. The topic is of great relevance, for when the economy rebounds and the labor market swings, employees who felt undervalued during the downturn may just jump ship when...

Key Staff Retention Tool

In our staff’s 100+ years of collective experience, we’ve learned that finance is more about talent acquisition and retention than reports and complex models. In today’s business environment, Finance teams are overburdened and persistently asked to “do...