Strategy


May

02

2016
Processes and procedures – Where do I start?

Processes and procedures – Where do I start?

Processes and procedures are like the brains of a company. They direct how to utilize your resources to accomplish desired outcomes.  They can be the lynch pin that makes or breaks a company.  They wind through every part of a company and are the basis for leveraging the most critical resource most companies have – People. A succession of clearly defined steps that results in...

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Dec

03

2015

How to Build an Effective Internal Communications Strategy

An internal communications strategy is extremely valuable for both small and large businesses. Especially if you can’t afford a high staff turnover and low productivity, and honestly which business can? When the business starts out with only a few people, communicating is easy but as the company grows, you need sustainable measures that adjust with the growing size and makes sure that communication does not...

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Aug

28

2015
How To Use Executive Solutions to Add Horsepower Into Your Finance Department (Part 1)

How To Use Executive Solutions to Add Horsepower Into Your Finance Department (Part 1)

“Profit, and Peace.” That’s how one interim CFO for Cerius Interim Executive Solutions summed up the role of a Chief Financial Officer (CFO.) On the surface, they seem to go hand in hand, but what if you come to realize they are mutually exclusive in your company? If your peace of mind is derived strictly from the knowledge of your company’s profit, are you missing...

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Sep

17

2014
Strategic Planning: Searching for a Cure for the Common Strategy

Strategic Planning: Searching for a Cure for the Common Strategy

Contributed by Pamela Wasley, CEO. Strategic planning, for many companies, represents the classic definition of an oxymoron. The annual process is neither strategic nor does it incorporate meaningful planning. To jump in a car and start a vacation with a general idea of the destination, but no specific route or budget in mind, is most likely something most of us would not do, particularly if...

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Aug

27

2013

Avoiding “No Man’s Land” with a Solid Growth Strategy

Contributed by Michael Evans   Most public companies engage in a strategic planning exercise at least every three years. Private companies often skip strategy development, considering it to be theoretical, even bureaucratic. Private companies tend to move quickly to “GOT” (Goals, Objectives and Tactics) due to time constraints and the fact that in most companies, the CEO serves in effect as the part-time chief strategy...

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Jul

15

2013

Three Strategic Planning Keys for Private Businesses

Contributed by Michael Evans Private companies face many challenges in today’s economic and political environment. There are three key strategies that CEOs should adopt in 2013 in order to turn those challenges into opportunities. Running a successful business is like getting to the Super Bowl. It takes leadership, teamwork, great players and most importantly, the right game strategy. According to a survey by RBS Citizens,...

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Jun

01

2013

Have an Exit Strategy Even if You Don’t Intend to Sell

Contributed by Michael Evans Merger and acquisitions are expected to be the top business headline in 2013 as large corporations and Private Equity (PE) firms start to deploy their record amounts of cash. Rollups of related companies will accelerate in 2013 as companies seek critical mass and Initial Public Offerings (IPO) are expected to grow exponentially in 2013. The accounting firm of KPMG recently commissioned...

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May

22

2013

Should Your Next Office be in Africa?

Contributed by Ed Trevisani As an executive that has worked in 40+ countries and managed a $350MM business where a good part of the responsibility covered emerging economies in Russia, CIS countries, the Middle East and Africa, there are some interesting learning points to consider if your company intends to expand into these Regions. Africa is a market full of opportunity and RISK. The World...

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Feb

25

2013

How Much Should you Risk for Growth?

Contributed by Robert Sher   At one of many Alliance of Chief Executives meetings I participated in recently, I watched one member present his thinking on some significant but risky growth strategies. His $300M+ revenue company is a cash-machine with strong and accelerating profitability, mid-teens annual revenue growth and a dominant market share.  The risky strategies he proposed were designed to propel even faster growth....

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Nov

27

2012

It’s the End of 2012…Are You Still Waiting?

How long have you been waiting for the economy to get better?  At the beginning of this year, businesses were complaining that unemployment was not getting better, retail sales had dipped down and the economy was still sluggish; thus they were afraid to do anything until it got better.  Then later on I heard businesses were waiting for the election to see who won.  Not...

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