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Mar

20

2012

CEO Peer Groups – The Who, What and Why

In working with CEOs and business owners daily, we get to see first-hand the difference a peer advisory group can make in a variety of areas. With business growth and profitability always top of mind, we like to share one peer group’s statistic showing their members growth surpassing that of D&B average by 15%. It is coming up more and more in our conversations and...

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Mar

09

2012

Finance and Accounting Trends – Cerius In The News

In a recent article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Cerius Executive Demand Index was cited for C-suite recruiting and hiring trends… “Hiring has been brisk for executives with accounting skills, according to the Cerius Executive Demand Index report, which spotlights C-suite recruiting and hiring trends. During the fourth quarter of 2011, 28 percent of the more than 1,100 top executive job openings nationwide were...

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Mar

07

2012

Measuring Your Company’s Success – Net Promoter Score

In a recent CEO roundtable meeting, the question was asked – What is the best way to measure what our customers think of us? The usual idea of a customer survey was thrown out there. How many customer surveys have you taken in your life, how many have you taken a pass on and how many have you started and not finished? What if you...

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Mar

02

2012

Do you have the right workers to make things happen?

We keep hearing “I can’t find the right person”.  In a recent article at StaffingTalk.com, it is no wonder when a survey by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute found: 5% of current manufacturing jobs unfilled due to lack of qualified candidates 67% of manufacturers have a moderate to severe shortage of qualified workers 56% expect the shortage to increase in the next three to five years....

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Feb

28

2012

Market for Finance Executives Heats Up

There are more than 1,100 executive job openings nationwide, 28 percent of which are finance positions, as many companies focus on recruiting chief financial officers and chief accounting officers  to balance budgets and invest less on executives in growth areas such as sales, marketing and R&D. Read further at:  Market for Finance Execs Heats Up


Feb

17

2012

Measure, Manage, Improve – Achieving Your Company’s Goals

I had the opportunity to present to an incredible group of CEO’s and business owners yesterday. The topic was on dashboards and how to tie them better to your company’s goals. If I did my job well, everyone took away at least one of the following points to start applying to their business today: Your dashboard should tie to your company’s goals for the year....

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Feb

15

2012

Still Can’t Find That Right Person To Hire?

A new study done by the Executive Corporate Board showed that companies are seeing fewer applicants per job opening compared to 2010.  However, they are still complaining that not enough of the applicants are truly qualified.  Only 35% of the applicants met the basic education, skills and experience requirements for the jobs listed up from 32% in 2010.  Three reasons why this is happening:  1)...

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Feb

03

2012

Keys to Success

Below are four steps we have seen taken by companies who have been very successful. Gather Intelligence – Understand why people buy from you and what your employees like and don’t like about the company. Align – Set your goals to support information learned thru intelligence gathering. Less is More – No more than three big initiatives per department Quarterly Focus – Set annual goals...

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Feb

02

2012

Making It Happen For You

Two of the most time consuming activities this time of year is budgeting and strategic planning. Some see it as a necessary evil, others simply avoid it all together. A company’s ability to develop a plan and then execute can be as much of a differentiator and contributor to their success as anything else. We saw this last month as the competitive edge for those...

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Feb

02

2012

Barriers to Execution

This is an excellent executive report. Crisp, very relevant and timely information – well done. It’s consistent with some interesting findings from the Kaplan-Norton ‘Strategy Execution’ program I attended a few months ago. BARRIERS TO STRATEGY EXECUTION • 85% of the executive team spends less than 1 hour a month discussing strategy • 60% of organizations do not link budgets to strategy • 5% of...

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