When an organization fails, it is usually due to several factors. These often result from a number of undetected, poor practices that infect and grow throughout the entire organization. They can include a lack of understanding of costs, poor asset allocation, systems that support the status quo, failure to identify risk, tunnel vision by management, and so on. Often, management will repeat poor practices across the enterprise. For example, do you think a so-called “budgeting crisis” is normally due to the budget, or actually hidden, existing problems that were uncovered due to the budgeting process? This course demonstrates the use of practices and techniques specifically designed to assist you in adding value to your company through improved decision- making, cost management, understanding business cycles, managing continuous improvements, cash management, and risk management. Examples of actions by both successful and failed organizations are used throughout the session.
Techniques and ideas to establish and maintain an effective organization. Examples of successful and failed companies as a source of learning. Identification of broad measures that provide insights into the direction of the economy. Practical ideas to improve forecasting. Framework and methods to uncover and manage risk.
Management experience in accounting, finance, or operations
Owners, Controllers, Treasurers, Financial officers, Other financial managers in organizations with less than $250 million in sales
Identify and correct practices that can negatively impact an organization. Determine and measure cost drivers and trends. Recall how to navigate an organization through the business cycle. Apply and manage a variety of improvement programs. Apply cash management activities and consolidate them into an organization’s plans. Identify how to manage risk throughout the enterprise.
Jennifer Elder is a CPA, CMA, CIA, CFF with a Master’s in Organizational Leadership. She has worked in accounting and finance for the past 25 years in a variety of industries including manufacturing, residential construction and development, and angel investing. She spent five years in public accounting, seven years as the Accounting Department Chair of a community college, and the previous ten years in the role of CFO.
Recently, Jennifer started her own business, The Sustainable CFO, providing business consulting, on-demand CFO services, and business coaching services. Their target market is small and medium-sized businesses looking to improve their bottom-line and overall performance. In addition Jennifer teaches finance in the Green MBA program at Antioch University New England.
She is also a contributing writer for the National Association of Home Builders and TriplePundit, and a frequent presenter for the Maryland Association of CPA’s, the Institute of Management Accountants, and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Non-Member Price $219.00
Member Price $179.00