Tag Archives: executive leadership

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 …

Reasonable Cybersecurity Measures

There are two facts about cybersecurity that are undeniable: 1.) No business entity is immune to cybersecurity risks. 2.) There is no singular, “one-size-fits-all” answer to mitigating cybersecurity risks. With that in mind, what should we be doing to ensure we have done what is necessary to protect our organizations’ data from malicious actors?  The …

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 …

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 …

Understanding the Technology Value Lifecycle Approach

Technology risk exists on many levels, but so does opportunity. This opportunity comes in the form of the recognition of real value from technology investment and utilization through improved employee efficiency, information sharing and collaboration, and culture. Individually in our personal lives, we are quick to select apps from our respective app stores, which we …

Top 10 Early Career Lessons

I’ve always loved the lessons from, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” which is a book of short essays written by Robert Fulghum. In the book, Fulghum simplifies how the world can be improved if we just use the rules we learned as children. The corollary for my business career has …

Build Business with LinkedIn

  It’s no surprise that LinkedIn is one of the most popular social media platforms for businesspeople. Within a single page, you are able to learn about a prospect, colleague or potential hire’s current employment status, skills, expertise, job history and more. Similarly, others are able to learn about your background and experience, which could lead …

Growth Opportunity: The Demand Chain

Efficiency Only Goes So Far The last ten years of American business have been focused on integrating and perfecting operational efficiencies through the perfection and active management of the Supply Chain. For the last couple of years of economic turmoil, many companies have almost exclusively focused on supply chain efficiencies as a strategy for survival. …

Managing Organizational Growth

As a CEO coach and advisor, I often work with both new and seasoned CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs to identify, analyze and overcome the challenges of growth. Typically, this is in hyper growth situations as many of these enterprises are startups. Having been a CEO for more than 33 years, managing growth is not foreign …

Leadership: Getting Others to Follow

Several years ago while working as VP of Human Resources for an oil service company, I was trying to figure out two things: 1. How can I be more effective in leading the organization’s 3,000 employees? 2. And how can I gain the skills necessary to advance my career even further? I discovered there were …