Category Archives: Blog

A CEO’s Thoughts on CFOs and Financial Talent

I have been a Chief Executive of private and public companies for over thirty three years. I am just now starting to get the hang of it. Along the way, I have learned a few things that I wish I had learned earlier in my career. You can rarely afford the financial talent you need …

Internal Fraud: A Case Study in Recovering from Disaster

Louise Tieman shares an internal fraud case study on proformative.com. This is the tale of the kind of fraud disaster that keeps CFOs up at night–and makes CEOs physically ill. This is the kind of fraud disaster that shutters the victim company most of the time. Like most internal frauds it was also completely preventable, though that …

A Match Made in Recruiting Heaven

Finding the right job or the right candidate may seem like good timing or good luck. But smart hiring professionals and top recruiting firms know that you don’t have to rely on the stars to make an excellent hiring match. By doing a little homework you can help align the planets in your favor. When …

ACA Marketplace Notice

What is the Affordable Care Act? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a US federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it represents the most significant regulatory overhaul …

Presentation Skills As Your Secret Weapon

There is untapped opportunity waiting when you or someone from your company is asked to present at a conference, or be part of an expert panel at an industry luncheon. However, too often this opportunity to put your organization in the spotlight is lost in a “blah” presentation. If the person speaking is not committed …

Why Do Employees Stray?

Five reasons that motivate employees to look for a new position “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.“ For employees, the temptation to move on can be great. Some surveys estimate the average employee tenure is about 5 years. With employee recruitment costs estimated as high as 35% of the first …

Countdown to EEO–1 Filing

The deadline for employers to file their EEO-1 report with the government is September 30, 2013. If you (or your employer) has a robust HR information system (“HRIS”) and you have been diligent about capturing the voluntary information from employees, then this exercise and reporting should be fairly simple. However, if you do not have …

Web Marketing, Management and Metrics: Questions, Not Answers

Many clients find themselves making critical marketing decisions without having enough data. Even very smart people make bad decisions when they look at a small data set and extend the conclusion across the entire website, or the entire marketing strategy. One client’s marketing team was frustrated by an investor’s insistence that he knew the important …

SEO for the CEO: What You Need to Know About SEO Strategy

Maybe it’s happened to you: your board looks at your budget for web marketing and asks about key performance indicators. As the CFO or CEO, you boldly look over the data from your marketing team and condense the complexity to a quick test: How are we doing on these five keywords? One of your board …

Should CEOs Rely on Part-Time Specialists? Reviewing Advantages and Disadvantages

I was at a meeting of CEOs last week and we started to discuss one of our greatest challenges: Surrounding ourselves with the right people. Business owners wear a lot of hats. And when we hire employees, we oftentimes start with a bookkeeper, an administrator and/or a sales person. As the business grows, those same …