There are three types of financial leaders. There are those who don’t play fantasy football. There are those who play and absolutely love it. There’s even a third type – those who play but are afraid to acknowledge it. Our guest is a CPA and CFO who will tell you it’s okay to admit that you are a player.[Read more…] about CFOs and CPAs Play Fantasy Football Too
What is your and? That is, what do you do outside work? That’s the topic of this episode of CFO Bookshelf. Our guest is a former PwC internal auditor turned stand-up comedian. John Garrett is now preaching a message of better corporate cultures through speaking and consulting, and he is the author of What’s Your And?[Read more…] about What’s Your And?
According to several sources, business coaching is well beyond a $15 billion industry. The industry continues to grow with very few barriers to entry. Since starting CFO Bookshelf, I’ve been interested in whether or not executive coaching is overrated or over-prescribed. Is it only for CEOs? Bruce and I addressed those questions along with a very special guest.[Read more…] about Is Executive Coaching Overrated?
Perhaps I’ve been living under a rock the past 20-something years. While I’m not a video gamer (is that what they are called?), I have heard of Tetris, Fortnight, and Minecraft. Does MS Solitaire Count? But I’ve never heard of the GoVenture brand of online game simulations that’s been played by millions through 1,000-plus organizations.[Read more…] about What is the Online Game Millions are Playing to Learn Business?
One of my favorite startup books is The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. But I have a bias – it’s bent toward processes, checklists, and following a clear path no matter how unpredictable. Steve Blank, I admire him too, and I mean a lot. I love his scientific approach to startups in The Startup Owner’s Manual.[Read more…] about The Human Element of Startup Businesses
Eric Ries and Steve Blank, move over. My new favorite book on startups is by Brett Fox, and the title is Learn How to Take a Punch: Building Your Startup Isn’t a Marathon, It’s a Prizefight. One of my first takeaways in the book is the mental stamina required for a startup CEO. I also learned the importance of hiring right and startup cultures.[Read more…] about Brett Fox Discusses the Startup CEO’s Journey
In the next four years, CEO, author, and private equity expert Adam Coffey will be creating $2 billion in new wealth for his investors through just 6 initiatives with only a small team while maintaining a great culture of 3,000 employees. Adam is also the author of The Private Equity Playbook. In this episode, Adam breaks down the basics of private equity funds.[Read more…] about Adam Coffey Demystifies Private Equity
There’s a 14-year-old who started his first business with a buddy mowing lawns in Farmington, Missouri. His second business was servicing coffee and cappuccino machines after graduating from college. He and his wife traded the coffee business for chicken which ultimately resulted in a business with a 20-year run of double-digit sales growth.[Read more…] about A Deep Dive Into Open Book Leadership
I’m a huge fan of Peter Lynch. No, not the mutual fund manager, the other one – the private equity guy who thinks he’s a nerd, but he’s not. He also created the Excel-based A Simple Model which is growing by leaps and bounds. We also talk about private equity and acquisitions. He’s our guest on the CFO Bookshelf podcast.[Read more…] about The Real Peter Lynch and A Simple Model
One of my all-time favorite business authors is Professor Edward Hess of one of the top business schools around the world – The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He’s written 12 books and his newest is Hyper-Learning: How to Adapt to the Speed of Change. We’ll find out that hyper-learning is far more than applying a few tactics.[Read more…] about Are You Hyper-Learning at the Speed of Change?