The CFO'S Perspective

Do You Need a Succession Plan?

Take a second to think about your company’s key personnel - your CEO, CFO, CIO, Controller, etc. Consider everything they bring to the table and the responsibilities they hold as well as the knowledge they’ve accumulated about your business and industry. Now, imagine that they suddenly disappear.

Topics: Planning Leadership

2020 Advice - is Your Business Prepared for an Economic Downturn?

Being prepared for an economic downturn is fundamentally good advice. The economy is cyclical and eventually there will be a downturn of some sort. Preparation ultimately boils down to two basic business disciplines.

Topics: Economic Trends Planning Forecasting

The Risk of Increased Sales Growth in Manufacturing

This article is specifically focused on the issues and problems that a significant sales increase (30% plus increase due to activities such as a new product line, a new distribution channel, or a major new customer) can have on the existing organization that could potentially offset the gains from the increased sales if not properly addressed or anticipated.

When there is such a profound change in an organization due to significant growth, there are many ways this anticipated windfall can turn into an albatross and bring a company to its knees or reduce the anticipated benefit of profit.

I am taking an accountant’s approach to understand the impact of a significant increase in sales can have on an organization. I will take you through the components of an income statement and balance sheet to discuss how each line item can be adversely impacted by a seemingly windfall in sales and profits.

Topics: Planning Manufacturing

Does it Make Good Business Sense to Provide Extended Employee Benefits?

Employees are your greatest assets. They are the first line to your customers, the ones driving innovation, and have the ground-floor information you need to run your business. Likewise, those same employees rely on a stable income to meet their short-term financial and retirement goals. 

But, if an employee is unable to work due to disability or some other life event, everyone loses. And the unfortunate fact is that a majority of people believe this is something that will “never” happen to them. But, it does with stunning regularity.

Topics: Planning HR Budgeting

“Do you need a CFO with specific industry experience?”

To answer a question we receive frequently, we turned to our team of CFOs for their insights. We received plenty of feedback about whether a company needs a CFO with industry experience from the CFO Selections team.  The depth and diversity of experience in the CFO Selections team again proves to be an excellent resource.

Read a sample of perspectives from CFOs who have decades of experience:

Topics: Recruiting CFO Hiring Planning