Category Archives: Finance Consulting

The Next Banking Crisis

Following the last financial crisis, the focus on the safety and soundness of banks was good for the financial system. New bank liquidity and capital policies, among other things, strengthened a weakened system. The banking system today is stronger, with more assets and better loan underwriting standards. Despite good intentions, however, these rules, that were …

Someday I’ll Be A Unicorn

Friday afternoons are always days that I tend to wax philosophic. This Friday’s musings got kicked off by a post that a good friend shared with me about GAFAnomics, basically a shrine to Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon as pillars for the “new economy”. Not to take anything away from the success of these companies, but I have heard this song and …

Leadership and Creating a Winning Organization

Polls over the years in organizations as well as government show that the majority of people do not particularly trust those who lead. Last year, a Forbes article provided data telling us that there are very low levels of employee engagement in the US and worldwide. Executive tenure has been dropping for years (although the …

How Timely Referrals Help Struggling Companies

In the restructuring business, many of our assignments come through referrals. During 2015 we were able to assist a number of companies because a trusted advisor to the CEO or owner suggested that they might need help. However, sometimes that suggestion comes too late or the CEO/owner decides that they can fix their problem without assistance. As …

Top 8 Things CFOs Should Ask Before Year-End

It’s year-end. You’ve likely been focused on critical Q4 initiatives, such as completing financial projects, providing restructuring solutions or developing budgets. For many CFOs, you’ve likely spent the past few months working on the 2016 budget, so it’s time to get back to business. While you were focused on budgets, reviews and projections, your employees …

Ten Key Steps to A Successful Business Turnaround

The majority of business turnaround books are written by executives who have fixed Fortune 500 companies. These individuals implement business turnarounds by cutting large numbers of employees, tapping pension funds, getting banks to infuse capital and selling off assets to raise cash and decrease debt. However, few small- and mid-size companies can make such dramatic …

Sleep Soundly This Audit Season

As a business leader, time is often of the essence. Whether you need to implement quickly or want to free up your employees for other projects, it can be difficult to make the decision to invest additional time and resources into an already labor-intensive project like an audit. However, that extra investment into preparing for …

Just Say No to Failure

When a company hits turbulent times, there will likely be people on the sidelines advising you that it is time to throw in the towel, give up or shut it down. However, the companies that survive are usually the ones that don’t hear the noise and refuse to accept the negativity. These companies will change …

Why Good Communication is Vital for Turnaround Companies

Everyone wants to communicate good news. We want to hear positive feedback and maybe a few accolades for a job well done, but what happens when you have to share poor news or just plain bad news? Did your communication skills just slip out the back door? Did your self-esteem slide out with them? So …

Expense Planning: Understanding the Sensibility of Cash

Recently, I presented the webinar, “Expense Planning: Understanding the Sensibility of Cash.” We covered a variety of topics, including expense characteristics, where expenses are found, expense types for planning and planning methodologies. Expense Characteristics While all companies strive to minimize expenses wherever possible, business can operate within varying cost structures. Yet regardless of the cost …