Strategy


May

22

2012

The Credit Landscpe – Financing and Business Credit

Contributed by Frank Kaufman, Partner, Moss Adams LLP I’m writing this as I sit on a beach in Cabo San Lucas looking out over the ocean. Only a finance guy would find this scene a metaphor for the current credit landscape, but I’d like to paint a picture for you. The first thing I notice is an incredible white sand beach that is smooth and...

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May

18

2012

Rise of the Executive Temp

A recent Harvard Business Review article highlights the increase in former corporate executives offering their services to companies on a temporary or project basis. It is the creation of a new job category known as Interim Executive. As noted in, The Rise of the Supertemp, “Most supertems are refugees from big corporations and law and consulting firms who value the autonomy and flexibility of temporary...

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May

11

2012

The good, bad and ugly of strategic planning

Contributed by David Shaffer Strategic planning, for many companies represent the classic definition of an oxymoron. For far too many companies, 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...

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Apr

13

2012

15 Minutes Could Improve Your Company 15%+

It is estimated there are over 70 crucial markers a business leader is expected to watch every day. Somewhere in that mountain of priorities is the Product, Plan, People and Finances. So how does a business leader stay focused with so many moving parts on a daily basis. Your CompanySnapshot The old acronym of KISS is rare to find in this age of technology and...

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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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Jan

25

2012

The Breakthrough Company – Part 3

It is typical for companies to become complacent once they get ahead in the game, even when their companies are best positioned to rake in even bigger rewards. These breakthrough companies understood the importance of “upping the ante” at all times and grew to be brand names. However, even the best of companies relax occasionally to the detriment of their growth — the key is...

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Jan

24

2012

The Breakthrough Company – Part 2

You will recognize the names of the nine companies mentioned in Keith McFarland’s book who have achieved significant and consistent growth. They include such companies as Intuit, Paychex, Chicos, Fastenal and SAS. In the 15 years since their appearance on Inc.’s list of the 500 fastest growing companies in the U.S., the median revenue of these companies grew from $14.4 million to $799 million. They...

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Jan

23

2012

The Breakthrough Company: How ordinary companies become extraordinary performers

Recently I sat across the table from the CFO of one of the world’s leading providers of film production, processing and distribution services. He said something few executives say and that is “The best time to be looking for ways to improve your business is when your business is doing extremely well.” This insight was refreshing since most companies do exactly the opposite, resting on...

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