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Culture Eats Strategy Every Time…

We have all heard the famous phrase, “Culture eats strategy every time.” In terms of hiring, what does this really mean to an executive or manager looking to bring new people on to their team? More than you might think… Take, for example, the situation where a manager needs to hire a new person to …

Sharing the Results with Everyone

As managers we sometimes forget that we may be the only ones who really see the whole picture of the company operation. Communicating company performance to internal teams is an important key to setting a course for your growing business, and also to minimize deviations from that path. The best way to communicate and leverage …

Maximizing the Expat Experience

In 1995 I started my international career with my first posting in the UK. Eight countries and 13 years later I returned home to the USA. Whether companies relocate employees abroad or they recruit employees from abroad, they are essentially making a large investment in that individual. In return they are looking for that employee …

Tips for Employee Retention and Turnover Reduction in Today’s Competitive Market – Part Two

Once you have developed an airtight strategy for attracting excellent employees, how do you keep them from being lured away in today’s competitive job market? Below is the second part of this series with more ideas and suggestions to help reduce turnover in your company and keep your current employees happy.   Keys to Retaining …

Shopping Your Insurance Carrier (and Your Broker)

He’s the most personable guy in the world. He always wants to take you to play golf or to baseball, basketball, football or hockey games. But does he really work hard to get you the best coverage at the best price, or is he more interested in playing golf? Who does he work for really? …

Tips for Employee Retention and Turnover Reduction in Today’s Competitive Market

As competition for finding and keeping great employees gets tighter, employers must evaluate how competitive they are in this area. Once you have developed a phenomenal strategy for attracting excellent employees, how do you keep them from being lured away by a competitor? Below is part one of a two-part series listing ideas and suggestions …

Processes and Systems Save the Day

In an earlier post, “Do you “really” know your financials?”, you might remember the story about how the company thrived and managed their risk so as to not be significantly threatened by the recession. There is more to this story when you look “under the covers” of what really went on… A key element of …

It’s All About the Networking

It doesn’t seem like a day goes by where I hear this comment from a candidate, “I sent in my resume and I felt I was pretty qualified, but I didn’t hear a thing back. Not even a rejection letter.” This is all too common today to have candidates send in a resume only for …

The Top 10 Points to Consider When You Outsource CFO Services

As trusted advisors to CEOs and management teams, vcfo relies on a unique platform of industry best practices and proven methodologies to help solve the most complex operational business issues. Based on our experience working with more than 3,000 clients, we’ve developed a “Top 10” list we share with organizations looking to outsource CFO support. …

The Platinum Rule of Hiring

OK, so I changed it from Golden Rule to Platinum Rule because I feel this is one of the most valuable aspects of hiring…STOP TALKING! How many times have you gone into an interview and the interviewer did most of the talking? Telling you all about every great aspect of the company, the position, the …