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What Is ESG and Why Is It Important?

Understanding the Rise of ESG – What Business Leaders Need to Know In just the past year, searches in Google for “ESG” have more than doubled. If you’re a business leader who has not yet become acquainted with this trending acronym, you should get to know it. For those already familiar with ESG, you’re likely …

Understanding Management Team Makeup and Personalities

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The Importance of Management Team Composition in a Time of Instability Business leaders are facing an unpredictable environment in which challenges and opportunities are constantly shifting in degree, frequency, and intensity. CEOs are navigating their businesses through an era in which technology is remaking the very foundation of business, while also facing intensifying turmoil in …

Corporate Philanthropy and Business Values

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The Evolution and Elevation of Corporate Philanthropy Corporate philanthropy has evolved immensely over the past few decades. Our recent conversation with three CEOs adds light to this shift and provides helpful insights to others that are looking to weave philanthropy more tightly into the culture of their companies. Below, we share the corporate philanthropy experiences …

Enterprise Sustainability and Cash

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Enterprise Sustainability – Cash and Context The COVID pandemic impact hit hard and fast. Before the government could roll out supportive mechanisms in response to the pandemic, many businesses simply ran out of cash along with options that could have kept their doors open. No one could have fully foreseen COVID-19’s economic impacts, but many …

Ellen Wood, vcfo President & CEO, Published in Texas CEO Magazine

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How does an economic development plan created almost 20 years ago still inform the city of Austin’s success? Click here to read the latest edition of Texas CEO Magazine for more from Ellen Wood, vcfo’s President & CEO.

Capitalize on Historical Trends – 4 Questions for CEOs

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Charting the Course in a Changing Business Environment Late in 2020, I published a post that focused on how history informs business strategy. It provided a primer on insights introduced in The Fourth Turning, a book authored by William Strauss and Neil Howe. In short, the authors comprehensively examined events and tides that have unfolded …

WEBINAR: Understanding the Evolving Crisis and the Potential Impact on Your Small Business

  Click here to view the recorded webinar. We live in what feels like unprecedented times. Severe upheaval and dislocation in the systems and structures that have held society together are causing them to come apart in front of our very eyes. It is everywhere. In government and politics, our education systems, the environment, science …

Four Key Functions a CFO Adds to the Executive Team

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Forming and growing a strong leadership and executive team is a vital and evolving challenge for business leaders. Deciding on the roles, the levels of experience and the capabilities required on the team depend on both the current stage and planned growth of the company. Financial and strategic expertise will always be a part of …

Pace Yourself During Periods of Transition

“Slow down to speed up.” You’ve heard this before, right? And, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” These familiar phrases are often used in life, and are applicable for business as well. Two places these phrases surface in business are during rapid growth and in a sudden crisis. Most companies grow organically. In the …

How History Informs Business Strategy

While living in Washington, DC in the nineties, I was introduced to a book that hit me like a brick and provided clear context for everything that was happening in the world around me. That book was The Fourth Turning, by William Strauss and Neil Howe. It held that events which many times appear unrelated …