Category: Tips & tools

Red flags in the finance org: The one simple question every new CFO should ask

So you just walked through the doors as the new CFO. You’ve already met the key players, you understand your role, and you have a pretty good understanding of the company. Only when you become part of the company can you…

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5 ways every CFO can mitigate cybersecurity risks

It’s time to test your current events knowledge: Which major retailer acknowledged having to spend $88 million related to a mega data breach in its most recent 10-Q, with more costs expected? Target immediately comes to …

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Why an underfunded finance team is risky business

In a new small company, all the focus — and funds — tend to be on the development side, where the company’s product or service gets fine-tuned for the marketplace. The finance organization as a support function is of…

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New report: What high-growth CFOs need to thrive

CFOs at high-growth companies are in a whirlwind. Everything around them is moving fast and the pressure is on to keep the positive figures moving upward and get a hold of the huge amounts of data the company is taking in …

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Equity compensation: 4 hard truths you need to know

Equity-based compensation — Northern California’s universal answer to engendering loyalty in employees — is a useful tool but a complicated one. This was one of several hard truths heard by attendees during BayBio’…

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The 5 key traits of trusted advisors

One of the greatest compliments is when clients consider us a trusted advisor. Recently, some encouraging words came from a client that was just getting used to a new accounting method. After working with this startup for …

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Tough love in finance: how to deliver bad news

When you work in finance and accounting, tough conversations go with the territory. At some point, you may have to tell someone their numbers are off, that they need to rethink a corporate strategy or a new hire, or that s…

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3 quick tips for streamlining your stock-based pay plans

Keep your employees motivated with stock-based compensation, the thinking goes, and you will be rewarded with high productivity and gains in your company’s growth track. What managers often fail to consider is that if th…

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How to prepare for your year-end audit. Are you ready?

It’s that time of year again. Remember last year, after the auditors came and went, when you promised yourself next year would go a lot smoother? Well, here we are, with an opportunity to set up all of your department’…

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Early workouts and muscle tone keep companies in shape

I have always been active in sports, but as I grow older, I’m starting to experience a few aches and pains. It has made me reflect on the need for an often-ignored element of exercise—muscle development. Without a stro…

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