Strategy Team

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Who’s On The Team? Recently, I was having a conversation with a colleague about hiring a Chief Financial Officer (CFO). We were discussing the attributes of such a hire. After my usual statement that what was critical was to hire a person who shared the corporate values, I added that they needed to be a strategic thinker. I managed not …

Profitability

Profits: scarce for many and in need of PR for most

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

It seems to me that “profit” has become a dirty word. Even in our for-profit companies, we seem to be worried about the image of wanting to be paid a fair price for the services or products we provide. Yet we all know that in order for our organizations to continue the development and innovation of products and services requires …

Financial Intelligence

Book Review: Financial Intelligence by Karen Berman & Joe Knight

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

In this iteration of their book, Berman and Knight focus on understanding finances for Entrepreneurs. I have read many books on the financial statements, ratios and indices that apply to businesses, and this book is among the best. In one place there is a clear explanation of the various reports, how the numbers are derived, what they mean and how …

Cost segregation for your building

Business is a risk . . .

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

The great corporate counselors I have encountered gauged the business owner’s or executive team’s tolerance for risk, presented their ideas for balancing the risk with the business goals and then helped the decision makers move the company forward. It’s the same with the the best financial professionals I’ve met. Rather than simply account for transactional history, or be a roadblock …

Final Accounting

Book Review: Final Accounting by Barbara Ley Toffler

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

More on the corporate ethics scandals! There is much to be learned about the slippery slope of situational ethics in this book. What is compelling is that Ms. Toffler tells all, including her own shortcomings, after her realization that she had started the slide down that slope! Ms. Toffler writes in a straightforward, no holds barred, manner that keeps one’s …