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?
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?
If you were asked to cook the books, would you? You may think, “Of course not.” Yet, why do CFOs do it? Aaron Beam was a co-founder of HealthSouth and their first CFO when his boss, Richard Scrushy, told him to fix the numbers so that the share price would not drop. Aaron faced an ethical dilemma.[Read more…] about Former CFO Aaron Beam Revisits the HealthSouth Accounting Fraud
Periodically, I stumble across a book where I don’t want it to end. I found Boss Life by Paul Downs so absorbing, so real, and so transparent that I felt compelled to reach out to him for an interview. Not only did he agree to do so, but he also said, “Let’s take all the time you need to answer these questions.”[Read more…] about Paul Downs Doesn’t Need to be a Superstar CEO
Not only is Ron Baker a long-time member of my mental board of mentors and experts, but he’s also seated at the head of the table. When he walks into my thought process, I stand. Yes, this revolutionary thinker on value pricing for professional services firms is that good. Accordingly, you are in for a treat.[Read more…] about Ron Baker Discusses Pricing, NPS, Metrics, and Much More
Dave Kellogg is the former CEO of Host Analytics now called Planful. Dave is a brilliant writer on his blog called Kellblog and he’s outstanding behind a mic too. Since leaving his CEO post, Dave has been consulting SaaS-based businesses in Silicon Valley, and we hit on many of the topics that are near and dear to him.[Read more…] about Dave Kellogg on SaaS Metrics