On the spate of Mass Shootings

Yesteryear When I was in grade school, in the middle of the Cold War, we had air raid drills. We were taught to duck under our desks. I always thought (and I think I did back then) that it was absurd, if a bomb (and if it was an Atomic Bomb), what was my desk […]

Read More »

Automation of Accounts Payable

The other day a salesperson with one of the new expense programs that come with those virtual expense cards called. These programs seem to be all the rage, as in the last two years many new and some old companies entered this marketspace. I’m being told by salespeople and after reviewing numerous websites that there […]

Read More »

An open message to Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google.

Mr. Pichai, It would seem my private email server has been assigned a less than stellar reputation due to my error (ok, stupidity). The domain/IP address of my server had, for a brief time, an incorrectly configured DKIM record. I send one message to a mailing list of approx. 20,000 names, once a week. About […]

Read More »

Dun & Bradstreet – seven years later, still has bad data

Dateline: June 2015 In June of 2015 I wrote a blog titled “Dun & Bradstreet – Would you trust their data?  In that article I discussed all the erroneous information D&B had about me and my associations with different companies. Dateline: April 2022 On April 12th, 2022, I did another search on Corporationwiki. Interesting, how […]

Read More »

How often do you re-forecast the budget?

Budget vs Forecast – there’s a difference…. Most people use these terms interchangeably, however, there is a subtle difference. Every business should, each year prior to the start of the new fiscal year, create a budget. Once approved, this budget is set in stone. It doesn’t change, and is not updated, it is what it […]

Read More »

What makes a good Chief Financial Officer (CFO)?

If you look at the adverts for CFO jobs on LinkedIn and elsewhere, you’ll find many of the job descriptions are similar. The overwhelming majority talk about accounting, accounting skills and being a CPA (usually from a big firm). We wondered if this was true, so we went to the proverbial source; where else, but […]

Read More »

When do you hire your first CFO?

A recent poll on LinkedIn posted by SBA * Consulting asked this very question.  We even widened the question by including both full-time and part-time (fractional) CFOs. A respectable 1,238 people looked at the poll with a 1.45% response rate (18 votes). While not a very scientific poll, it still says something about the mindset […]

Read More »

Internships aren’t what they used to be

I just answered a post on LinkedIn where a young man was bemoaning the results of his unpaid internships.  The issue the internship didn’t meet his goals; it didn’t further his career. That didn’t bother me, it was the “unpaid” aspect. Internships According to the US Department of Labor, there is no such thing as […]

Read More »

Degrees, Licenses and Certifications  Professionalism

Don’t confuse “credentials” with Professionalism   Today more than ever before, everyone is busy adding post nominals to their names.  College degrees, advanced degrees, licenses, and certifications.  Each is allegedly an insight into their competency and professionalism. Unfortunately, college degrees, licenses, and/or certifications are not the same, especially from a  legal sense. They all don’t […]

Read More »