Tag Archives: executive leadership

Seven Common Mistakes in Strategic Planning

Strategic planning can be critical to the success of a business. As a Consulting CFO, I have been engaged in many strategic planning sessions over the years and I find that there are common mistakes leaders make. Here are some examples and ways to mitigate the challenges.   Using an internal facilitator who does not …

Do You Need a CFO?

“Do I need a CFO?” This question pops up casually at almost every lunch or event I attend. And it’s not surprising for CEOs with good controllers and accounting managers to struggle with it. The lines between unique skill sets are blurred in many companies; however the differences are important and should not be overlooked. …

The Best of vcfo Webinars: Expert Training for Your Business

With 2017 still new and full of possibility, we thought it was the perfect time to revisit some of our most helpful webinars from recent years. Whether you need winning ideas for a big upcoming pitch or want to brush up on your budgeting basics before diving into the year’s financial planning, you’ll find valuable …

Top Blogs of 2016

As we kick off the new year, we are remembering our most read blogs from 2016. From compliance to strategy to valuation, we covered a variety of finance, HR and recruiting topics and best practices, realized through our own experiences and takeaways from helping clients address their business needs and concerns. 1. Complexity vs. Simplicity: …

Celebrating 20 Years in Business with A Year of Giving

As 2016 came to a close, we are reflecting on an amazing year that marked 20 years in business for vcfo. We celebrated this milestone by engaging our employees, alumni, clients and partners in a year of volunteerism efforts to give back in many ways. We were humbled by the outpouring generosity from our networks …

6 Ways Restaurants Can Avoid Unnecessary Credit Card Processing Costs

The pressures on restaurant owners and managers are relentless. New competition. Shifting economic conditions. Changing tastes. All kinds of constantly evolving business considerations make it easy to get caught up worrying about things like customer service and turnover while revenue and profits slip away. In fact, when we provide CFO consulting services to restaurants, we …

Top 5 Challenges for CEOs and Business Owners: Part 2

We have seen CEOs and business owners struggle to meet the challenges to building sustainable value in their companies. These challenges are shown as a progression from low-value at the survival stage to a high value exit plan at the top of the stairs. Challenge #3: Making Consistently Good Decisions All companies’ structures and performances …

Recruiting Millennials

As members of another generation, whether you’re a Baby Boomer or part of Generation X or Y, communicating with the Millennial Generation can oftentimes require methods or tools you don’t normally use. Born between 1982 and 2004, you need different communication tools to connect effectively with this generation. As professionals outside of this generation, we …

Top 5 Challenges for CEOs and Business Owners: Part 1

We have seen CEOs and business owners struggle to meet the challenges to building sustainable value in their companies. These challenges are shown as a progression from low-value at the survival stage to a high-value exit plan at the top of the stairs. Challenge #1: Fighting for Survival Between 2008 and 2011, approximately 11,740 significant …

Celebrating 20 Years of Service

As CEO and founder, I’ve had the opportunity to watch vcfo grow throughout its 20-year history. Over the years, we’ve worked with more than 3,000 clients of various industry segments, sizes, life cycles and locations. While our original core offering was fractional or part-time CFO solutions for small, start-up or emerging businesses, we’ve grown just …