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 …

Consulting CFO Bill Schwartz Joins vcfo

Bill Schwartz has joined vcfo as a Consulting CFO for the Austin office. vcfo, an Austin-based consulting firm that provides access to expert-level finance, human resources, technology and recruiting support, recently announced that Bill Schwartz has joined the Austin office as a Consulting CFO. Based in Austin, Bill will provide clients of all sizes—from start-up …

The HR Evolution and Revolution

The word “revolution” comes to us from the root Latin word “revolutio”, which means to spin or turn around. It later took on the meaning of rejecting the status quo in favor of a radically and transformatively different direction or approach. I believe that American industry and the Human Resources profession in particular needs a …

The Business Benefits of Paying it Forward

When it comes to businesses giving back to their communities, volunteer programs don’t always have to be big or carefully orchestrated. Pay-it-forward initiatives are a case in point. Ever since the release of Catherine Ryan Hyde’s Pay It Forward novel in 1999 and the movie adaption in 2000, all types of businesses and their employees …

Why Volunteering Should Be Part of Every Business’s DNA

If the above quote is any indication, people have been thinking about volunteering in one way or another since ancient Greece. And as we begin our 20th year in business at vcfo, we couldn’t agree more with this bit of Aesop’s wisdom. Volunteering has been woven into the fabric of vcfo’s corporate culture since our …

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 …

vcfo Promotes Cristina Silingardi to Austin Managing Director

vcfo Promotes Cristina Silingardi to Austin Managing Director vcfo, a specialized consulting firm that provides access to expert-level finance, HR, technology, recruiting and operational support to optimize business performance and productivity, announced the promotion of Cristina Silingardi to Managing Director of the Austin office. Silingardi has over 20 years of financial and operations leadership experience …

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 …