March 2012

Not always as advertised: Some investments come with unexpected costs

Any time a business invests in something - a product, a service or even an employee - there will always be an expected cost attached. Business decision makers who stay within the parameters of their budgets understand that doing so requires careful planning and, in many instances, a consideration of unexpected related...
ExecutionistNot always as advertised: Some investments come with unexpected costs

Businesses falter when cash flow is restricted

Lifeblood, oxygen - experts use a variety of terms to stress the importance of cash flow to the future success of a business. If an organization does not ensure that it is receiving payment in an efficient manner, its development could be significantly curtailed or even stalled entirely. For this reason, experts advise...
ExecutionistBusinesses falter when cash flow is restricted

MBA or CPA: Are businesses increasingly preferring one over the other?

The finance field provides an abundance of opportunities to those just getting started with their careers, many of whom face the question of whether a CPA, MBA or both would be most critical toward determining their professional future. Generally, a CPA is required for any job that requires in-depth analysis of financial...
ExecutionistMBA or CPA: Are businesses increasingly preferring one over the other?

CFO should be in place before additional hires can be made

Different companies view their CIOs differently, whether this executive is responsible for information, innovation, improvement or intelligence processes within a company. When CFOs are tabulating their long-term outcomes, they must consider the role that other senior executives, especially CIOs, will play in a business's...
ExecutionistCFO should be in place before additional hires can be made

Companies should consider “return on compensation” when determining CFO pay

As tempting as it may be for company decision makers to throw an exorbitant compensation package toward executive candidates, these businesses may need to temper their expectations and first consider average executive compensation rates. A study by an executive compensation consultant recently determined that executive...
ExecutionistCompanies should consider “return on compensation” when determining CFO pay

Weathering the storm: Companies turn to CFOs in crisis moments

The recent resignation of Miramax CEO Mike Lang is the latest in a string of sudden CEO departures that led to companies promoting their CFO to fill in on a temporary basis. This is a common practice among companies that do not have an executive succession plan in place. Arguably, the most recent high-profile instance of...
ExecutionistWeathering the storm: Companies turn to CFOs in crisis moments