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Bookkeeper, Controller, or CFO?

& Management, Operations.

Bookkeeper, Controller, or CFO - Who do you need?

What Position Do You Need? When starting a business, the leader or a family member often “handles the books” given the sensitive nature of the information and the minimal time required for this task when a company has few transactions to process. While the leader sees this work as mostly administrative, the value of the… Read more »

What is Benchmarking?

& Leadership, Operations.

The word benchmarking means many things to many people. “Benchmarking” evaluates performance by measuring what companies are doing or / and the results they are getting against some predetermined standards. Companies that benchmark can identify best practices and apply them to their own business. The greatest benefit of benchmarking is its ability to introduce a… Read more »

Better Meetings Today

& Accountability, Leadership, Operations.

In 2012, London Business School and Harvard Business School teamed up to study the “span of activity” of several CEOs.[1] This is academic speak for the question, “what do business leaders do all day?” Their findings concluded that CEOs spend 1/3 of their time in meetings. No shocker there. Communication is the cornerstone of any business’s operating… Read more »

Improve Operations with 5 GREAT Questions

& Operations.

Are you worried that you’re missing out on millions of dollars just by making the common operations mistakes of entrepreneurs? Ask yourself these five great questions: 1. Do you believe management activities are best saved for slow times? There is a purpose and value to dedicated management activity in almost every environment. If you prefer… Read more »

3 Checklists for Managing Projects

& Operations, Project Management.

Outsiders have little appreciation for how difficult it is to profitably grow your business. The more time you spend in the office bringing in the next project or managing the staff, the further removed you are from wearing a tool belt in the field. This results in a gap in oversight and a greater challenge to… Read more »

Do You Know Your Business Terminology?

& Accountability, Operations.

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Recently, at a fundraising luncheon for the Minerva Foundation, I was seated next to a woman who sold regalia. “Do you know what that is?” she asked. “Yes, of course,” the words jumping from my mouth before I had the chance to think. It sounded familiar. “What is it then?” she asked. “It has something to do with the flags ships fly that represent letters.” I smiled confidently until she clipped me with a terse, “No.”