Posted by Brad Jones on Oct 1, 2011
My son recently turned 8 years old and the traditional present from his grandparents on that birthday is a pocket knife. Both my wife and I think this might be a little young to be receiving a pocket knife as we have experienced the results of young boys...
Posted by Ken Kaufman on Sep 27, 2011
Small businesses usually resist everything they hear about the best practices and things they should do with the finaincial and accounting matters of their business. Why? Common excuses include: 'It takes too much time' 'It costs too much money' 'I'...
Posted by Tim Weeks on Sep 21, 2011
Ask for feedback?  We all are eager to receive that constructive criticism right?  Yeah, like a trip to the dentist or a final exam.  While we may not enjoy the process, feedback is critical to our growth. I have a family member who is a...
Posted by Ken Kaufman on Sep 19, 2011
With four young children in tow more than five years ago, my wife and I gave a child-themed haircut establishment a try. It seemed like letting the kids play video games during a routine haircut was a great idea, and our older boys loved it. However, amid...
Posted by Jeff Hall on Sep 16, 2011
Popular author and blogger Seth Godin talks a lot about "shipping your art". What he's talking about is that successful entrepreneurs bring new products or services to market. The product may not be perfect and we may have fear of sending it out into the...
Posted by Ken Kaufman on Sep 13, 2011
Having attended a well-run Corporate Performance Management Conference by CFO Magazine, I heard almost every business leader, CFO, and finance executive present talk about being “tool agnostic.” This phrase references the need to define what metrics and...
Posted by Ken Kaufman on Sep 12, 2011
Guess what I did to commemorate 9/11? I got on an airplane and flew somewhere, specifically to CFO Magazine's Corporate Performance Management Conference (search Twitter for #cfocpm to catch the string of updates throughout the day). The 9/11...
Posted by David Sullivan on Sep 9, 2011
My oldest son, a 3rd grader this year, has had homework every night, with one exception, since school began two weeks ago.  During the past two weeks I’ve come to the realization that no matter how much I hated homework as a student it’s even worse...
Posted by Ken Kaufman on Sep 6, 2011
Starting and running a small business (less than $1 million in annual sales) is a lot different than running a bigger business. A founder that breaks through that $1 million in annual sales barrier often finds many challenges waiting for him or her on the...
Posted by Jeff Hall on Sep 2, 2011
My 4 year old boy just started playing soccer. While it's very entertaining to watch, it reminded me of a horribly dysfunctional business that lacks the financial reporting and leadership all businesses require to survive and thrive.  Undefined roles...