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How a Part-Time CFO Keeps a SME in Top Health

How a Part-Time CFO Keeps a SME in Top Health

*Small and Medium Enterprise

By Chris Carl

Regional Director at The CFO Centre

A part-time CFO is to an SME what a doctor, a physical trainer, and a world-class coach is to a superstar athlete.  The superstar athlete will always be good – but they will only be great if they are healthy (the doctor makes sure of that),

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What Ancient Rockers Can Teach You About Making A Profit

At an age when they should (or we just wish they would) hang up their leather pants and retire disgracefully, more and more ancient rockers are embarking on yet another tour.

This year alone, the Rolling Stones (of course!), Madonna, The Who, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Pearl Jam, Queen and even Ringo Starr are performing on stages around the globe. Given that many of them are nearing or way past grandparent-age, you might wonder why they’re still bothering so many years after their first taste of fame.

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Would your CFO pass the ‘barbecue test’?

Published by The Globe and Mail on 25/04/16

In the past decade, the classic image of the number-crunching chief financial officer has all but vanished to make way for the more nimble, generally trained, modern CFO. The expectations for these financial executives from investors and employers are high, but the skill sets and work environments are constantly evolving.

“It’s no longer like the old days when you had the bean counters sitting in a little room,

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The Finance Director Who Fired His Boss

I work with a team of 10 high calibre Finance Directors across the North of England.

Each of them is accredited by one of the major chartered Institutes and each of them used to work for successful companies as ‘traditional’ Finance Directors.

By traditional, I mean that each of them used to work as the sole Finance Director within a corporation, working Monday through to Friday (and weekends), usually from about 8am to 6pm.

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Rolling Back The Years…

Rolling Back The Years…

The comedian Barry Cryer tells a story about a Finance Director walking down the street. The FD is approached by a homeless man. “Excuse me, mate” says the man “can you spare me a few quid, I haven’t eaten for two weeks”? “ I see” says the FD “And how does that compare with the same period last year”?

Of course, no FD would be that heartless but the story also hides a deeper truth – most of us think in fixed periods of time,

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Why ‘discipline’ wins over ‘innovation’ as the key characteristic of highly successful business owners…

You might well know how to grow (i.e. do more of the things that are working for you, and do them better) but as a seasoned entrepreneur, you tend to instinctively want to hold back a bit…
Why?

It’s chiefly a case of paranoia…

Business owners tend to be more paranoid than they let on. They don’t like to be regarded as paranoid so they often hide it.

What are the causes of success?

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Finance Directors

Colin Mills – Founder & CEO, The FD Centre Limited (www.thefdcentre.co.uk)

So, to be a highly effective FD in your business, you have to be up to date on all the latest accounting standards, be really up to speed on the latest developments in tax legislation and spend long hours in your office reviewing reconciliations and signing off VAT returns. That’s right isn’t it?

NO.

Our experience over ten years suggests that highly effective FDs need a rather different set of skills to be effective and “make a difference” in the businesses they work for.

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