Tag Archives: executive leadership

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 …

The Power of Strong Internal Communications

By design, companies often focus their attention on external factors – clients, market standing and competitors – in an effort to generate new business or increase profitability. While it’s often overlooked, a similar effort should be placed on a company’s internal community: the employees. As a consulting CFO, I have seen how internal communications can …

The Foundation of Operations: Building a Strong Team and Mentoring its Growth

From an accounting and administrative perspective, operations is about team management. As the leaders of the team, we are responsible for making sure that our internal customers, who are also our co-workers, are able to function and perform at an optimal level. Building a strong team starts by hiring strong employees. Recently, I read a LinkedIn article …

Elevator to Exit: Hein, vcfo and Dailey Presentation

vcfo recently co-sponsored an event for clients and guests entitled “Elevator to Exit”, covering a company’s life cycle from a financial and capital perspective. The presentation, as well as a handout summarizing the company life cycle and actions needed, is available on the vcfo website. Presenters included David Hieb, Partner of Dailey Partners, Carter Freeman, Managing …

A CEO’s Thoughts on CFOs and Financial Talent

I have been a Chief Executive of private and public companies for over thirty three years. I am just now starting to get the hang of it. Along the way, I have learned a few things that I wish I had learned earlier in my career. You can rarely afford the financial talent you need …

Presentation Skills As Your Secret Weapon

There is untapped opportunity waiting when you or someone from your company is asked to present at a conference, or be part of an expert panel at an industry luncheon. However, too often this opportunity to put your organization in the spotlight is lost in a “blah” presentation. If the person speaking is not committed …