Business and vacations are alike in one way: once you’ve established where you’re going, a plan and a map to get there are very helpful. While even the best-laid plans require adjustments you are better off forging ahead with one than without one. In the second of our 3 part series on planning, we cover creating the map for your strategy.
Leadership seems to be one of those traits defined by “You know it, when you see it.” I have met a CFO who was the brightest lightbulb in the room but could not lead their business to the light switch. I have also met a CFO who didn’t seem to work that hard and wasn’t a rocket scientist but was able to move mountains in their job. Why could one get things done while the other struggled? Leadership.
When it’s time for that much needed vacation, most of us don’t just jump in our car or head to the airport, without an idea of where we are going. The same holds true in business. For most of us moving our company into the future requires a strategic plan. In the first of our 3 part series on planning we cover how to kick off your strategic planning process.
So, where do you start?
A budget done right is a roadmap to the future. Many new and growing businesses aren’t aware of how much detailed work is involved in preparing the data. It’s a lot of effort, but having an accurate plan for the coming year is essential to your company’s success.
Here are our top tips for making a budget that will work for you:
Do your Recording and Reporting systems lend transparency to your business? Is your corporate structure and governance process in line with your size, goals and culture. In this first segment on our Series: The Defining Attributes of a Successful CFO, we explain the importance of Accounting, as a key pillar in the house of the Chief Financial Officer.