Tag Archives: executive leadership

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 …

Web Marketing, Management and Metrics: Questions, Not Answers

Many clients find themselves making critical marketing decisions without having enough data. Even very smart people make bad decisions when they look at a small data set and extend the conclusion across the entire website, or the entire marketing strategy. One client’s marketing team was frustrated by an investor’s insistence that he knew the important …

Sharing the Results with Everyone

As managers we sometimes forget that we may be the only ones who really see the whole picture of the company operation. Communicating company performance to internal teams is an important key to setting a course for your growing business, and also to minimize deviations from that path. The best way to communicate and leverage …

Maximizing the Expat Experience

In 1995 I started my international career with my first posting in the UK. Eight countries and 13 years later I returned home to the USA. Whether companies relocate employees abroad or they recruit employees from abroad, they are essentially making a large investment in that individual. In return they are looking for that employee …

Tips for Employee Retention and Turnover Reduction in Today’s Competitive Market – Part Two

Once you have developed an airtight strategy for attracting excellent employees, how do you keep them from being lured away in today’s competitive job market? Below is the second part of this series with more ideas and suggestions to help reduce turnover in your company and keep your current employees happy.   Keys to Retaining …