Talking Risk and Risk Management

What is life about? We can really wax philosophical about it, or just simply say it ‘s all about taking risk. Our first tenuous steps risk. Our first bicycle ride  danger. Our first time on ice skates ‘ peril. Our first time asking someone for a date  big risk! So I think I’ve made my […]

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Ever have an Embezzlement Susceptibility Probe?

All companies are candidates for embezzlement. Let’s face it, human’s work at companies.  They interface with companies.  They use program computer software for companies.  And humans are fallible. They can lie, cheat, steal and commit all types of anti-social and criminal behavior if the right triggers are set into motion. Many times these triggers are […]

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Embezzler’s always give themselves away.

Whether it’s living large, over-zealous work habits or an in-flexible attitude to change, they the Embezzler will always let their hands slip. The Client Take a potential client we had some time back. The business wasn’t doing as well as it had, even adjusted for market conditions. So a partner reached out to us. He […]

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What happens If a Business Owner Dies, Who Can Access the Web?

A very important question, isn’t it? In a Wall Street Journal article (http://on.wsj.com/JjJvn0) dated May 21, 2012 they discuss this very issue. I bet that you haven’t given any thought to this possibility. In reality or the business continuity issues that will occur (I didn’t). It’s probably not in your Last Will and Testament (if […]

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Nemawashi (根回し), a Japanese concept worth researching

Nemawashi (根回し) in Japanese means an informal process of quietly laying the foundation for some proposed change or project, by talking to the people concerned, gathering support and feedback, and so forth. It is considered an important element in any major change, before any formal steps are taken, and successful nemawashi enables changes to be […]

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The US Department of Labor wants you to know

That they are actively enforcing the Wage and Hour laws. But that’s because they want you to be in compliance so everyone is playing on a level playing field. That being said, they suggest that you read some of their Fact Sheets and work with both your HR team and your Legal team to assure […]

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Do you know what business you’re in?

I recently was talking with a prospective client. The conversation was a general one, to ascertain their needs and the type of business they conduct. They told me they were a manufacturer. “Great”, I said, because it is one of the areas where I can speak from direct work knowledge. I asked where the plant […]

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Concept: Democratization of Data

I just was a member of a panel for a seminar given in New York City entitled “HOW CFOS ARE DRIVING GROWTH”. The seminar was given by Proformative.com. I spoke about the Democratization of Data in one of my slides and felt this would make a great topic for this month’s newsletter. The concept behind […]

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Is SaaS software good for small startups?

This was the title of a series of posts on the CFO centric website Proformative.com. SaaS, which is Software as a Service is the newest tweak to the computer world and Internet. Wikipedia defines SaaS as “…sometimes referred to as “on-demand software,” is a software delivery model in which software and its associated data are […]

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Lessons From Irene… Protecting your mission critical assets

Lessons from Irene by Avi Smith-Rappaport www.wecarecomputers.com (with permission) Tropical Storm Irene wreaked havoc on a lot of people’s computer systems as it blew through the Northeast. While we have encountered some catastrophic flood and wind damage to homes and businesses where the computer systems were part of a total write-off – that’s been thankfully […]

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