Information is power. We’ve all heard that expression, but it has a special meaning for those who run businesses. For them, information is empowering. Accurate, timely, easy-to-understand information enables leaders to make optimal decisions in how they deploy capital, where they will focus their businesses and what areas need to be improved. In 2019, however, we’ve noticed many business leaders continue to struggle to get the information they need. Nearly all have adopted some form of information reporting system, whether they call it a scorecard or dashboard, or perhaps they just include various metrics in a monthly reporting package (for
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Everyone wears glasses. I mean the figurative kind. The kind that color the world that we see around us. We all know people that have a pleasant, upbeat attitude, and we all know people that are grumpy all the time. Then there’s the people that feel that the world is always against them, and those that feel that their life is a complete gift, with a red carpet that is rolled out for them at every opportunity. But what I’m talking about now is the way that you look at the future of your company. Do you look at that
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If you’re an entrepreneur that wants to pass your company down to the next generation, you want to do everything that you can to make sure that your successor does well. Beyond knowledge of the services and products that your company sells, knowing how your company operates, especially in the areas of administration and finance, will help them continue to grow your business. In our last article, we talked about the basic functions of a CFO – Accounting and Finance. But there are other key areas of business operation that usually fall under the purview of the CFO as well
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training in all departments
How do family businesses prepare the next generation to take over? Early in my career, I worked at a publicly held gas pipeline company. Management identified newly hired “stars,” and they would be put on a fast track, spending each of the next 4 years switching from one department to another, allowing them to learn all about the company, from the view of each operating department, from marketing to HR, from business operations to accounting. Though they didn’t become experts in any of these areas, they learned the impact of each department on the company overall. If you are an
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For many business owners, the sale of their business is a once in a lifetime event, perhaps the culmination of years of hard work to grow the value of the business. In many cases, the business represents the owner’s principal asset to fund a comfortable retirement. Even if retirement is not the motivation, selling business owners are always focused on retaining as much of the proceeds from the sale of their business as possible. Unfortunately, business owners have to share part of their good fortune (and the results of their hard work) with Uncle Sam in the form of taxes.
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