Growth Returns to the Agenda, according to EY Study

In EY’s recently released CFO Capital Confidence Barometer, the sentiment among the CFOs and other Executives interviewed is that growth has returned to the agenda.  Some highlights include: “For the first time in two years, a majority of CFOs report that their organizations are concentrating on growing. Key findings show 55% say that their companies… Read more »

CEO’s “Good to Grow” According to Recent Survey

I just received a copy of PwC’s 17th Annual Global CEO Survey, 2014.  Here are some of the highlights from that survey: “Confidence is improving. That more business leaders are shifting to a growth mode is unmistakable: 62% expect to hire more people this year. It is the highest level of anticipated headcount expansion in the… Read more »

Leading Edge Companies

Is your company at the leading edge of your industry or on the way to getting there?  If so you can bask in the immense satisfaction of knowing that you have proven to the world that you are the best at whatever your company does.  But don’t take too much time patting yourself on the… Read more »

Stop Majoring in the Minors – Focus

We often get caught up in small tasks and busywork that lets us feel productive while the most important tasks get pushed back later and later, until we don’t have time to do them anymore because of all the smaller things that come up. This is a form of procrastination, or at the least bad… Read more »

Increase Profit – Increase Value

No surprise – smart business folks focus on the bottom line.  Great idea.  But, what does that mean? Businesses that have made it through the last few years quickly figured out how to cut expenses and get lean and mean.  Survival. Now, smart businesses are focusing in on Gross Profit. Gross profit is the value… Read more »

Time to drop the term “best practices”

When the term “best practices” was first used in the early 90’s, it was generally understood to mean, “These are the practices that will result in real improvements in effectiveness.” By 1998, when Arthur Andersen published the book, Best Practices, Building Your Business with Customer-Focused Solutions, the dust jacket advertised, What makes the world’s top… Read more »

Looking to sell your business? Consider this. . . .

Selling one’s business is easier said than done.  There are a plethora of issues that, if addressed methodically with the right team of professional advisors can greatly improve the odds of a successful sale.  If they are not addressed by the proper advisors these issues will significantly reduce the chances of success.  In fact, some… Read more »