As an entrepreneur you may very well recognise yourself as an energetic doer, a visionary star and a master of social skills. Are we right? These are some of the most common strengths among successful business founders.
On the other hand, there is conclusive evidence that most entrepreneurs are weaker in two aspects:
These abilities are however a spot-on description of strengths in a typical “CFO personality”. Hence, there is no surprise that an analytical and high-capacity CFO is number one on the wish list for many start-up CEOs when building a professional management team.
Unfortunately, too many of the CEOs just want someone to handle the accounting, despite the actual need of someone who can provide strategic advice and proactive financial forecasts. They miss out on the potential of using a CFO properly, and as a result, they will pay a large CFO salary for someone operating as an accounting assistant, have a huge amount of wasted knowledge within the company and have an understimulated and unhappy senior person with a big title on the payroll.
How do you prevent this mistake from happening to you?
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