If you don't know where you're going, how will you know when you've arrived?
Independent, objective support
An experienced, independent eye that can see the wood for the trees
VP Finance, Finance Director
High-level business analysis
Board - MD, Chair, Committee Chair
SME formation & management
Start-up & merger
International offices & clients
Private & Public Sector
There are many reasons for an outsider to look at your business, whether as an advisor or NED. If well chosen, the person has experience that is relevant to your situation - they have been where you now are. Expanding into international markets? They have dealt with international clients and opened international offices. Struggling with cash-flow? In a recession? They have been through it and successfully turned things around. Perhaps their most important strength is that they can take a rational look at the business without the emotions of somebody who lives and breathes it daily. A good adviser will challenge your thinking - constructively - and make it stronger.
see "A dream with a deadline" by Jacques Horovitz
Why are we here?
Where are we going?
There are many different ways to do strategic planning but most revolve around the idea of a MISSION and a VISION statement. These describe why your business exists and where it aims to get to. These deceptively simple concepts can be remarkably difficult to nail down and will take a lot of discussion. Having those discussions facilitated by an independent can speed the process up and make sure they truly reflect the collective view of the company team.
The image shows a “house model” of strategic planning. It is conceptually easy to understand and describes the holistic nature of the strategic plan - an over-arching vision, strategies and action plans to support that vision, and all underpinned by a foundation of supporting behaviours. This is a model that we like and have seen work.
"Insanity is doing the same thing
over and over again and expecting different results."
- Albert Einstein
Key Business Drivers
Monitor the present (work in progress, costs), the immediate future (orders, costs) and the long term future (prospects, investment).
Good information, well presented
A graphical “dashboard” allows you to spot trends early and take action. Use it for operational information as well as finance data.
Improving cash flow
Businesses usually fail through lack of cash, not profit. Speed up the conversion of work into an invoice and then cash.
Finance for Non-Finance People
Train your team so they understand the effects of their actions and make better decisions.