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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: FiscalClinic Communications; 1 edition (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098224150X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982241509
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,503,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Combining financial savvy and fiduciary wisdom, this book can help managers and directors work together to improve the financial health of the companies they serve. --Alexandra R. Lajoux, Chief Knowledge Officer National Association of Corporate Directors<br /><br />FiscalDoctor reminds us that a business is like a human being a company must identify its vital organs, monitor its health and take corrective action when problems are found. By following Patterson's practical advice offered in this book, companies will get just what they need to become fiscally fit a clean bill of health. --Ralph M. Norwood, President Navigator Capital Advisors, LLC former VP/Treasurer of Polaroid Corporation<br /><br />The smart company is the one that will put these best practices into action and go full speed ahead all the way to the bank. --James Kristie, Editor and Associate Publisher, Directors & Boards

The smart company is the one that will put these best practices into action and go full speed ahead all the way to the bank. --James Kristie, Editor and Associate Publisher, Directors & Boards

Combining financial savvy and fiduciary wisdom, this book can help managers and directors work together to improve the financial health of the companies they serve. --Alexandra R. Lajoux, Chief Knowledge Officer National Association of Corporate Directors

About the Author

About the FiscalDoctor It is one of the most complicated questions in business: What is the impact of hidden risk on your bottom line? Or, to put it bluntly: What is the cost of what you don't know? In today's economic environment, unforeseen risk could cost you your company. Author Gary Patterson, the FiscalDoctor, works with companies to check their vital signs and diagnose problems before unpleasant side effects show up on their balance sheets. Patterson puts his extensive C-level experience in accounting, IT, sales, manufacturing and HR to work writing, speaking and consulting on enterprise risk assessment, risk analysis, corporate governance, and the bottom line impact of going green. The FiscalDoctor corporate checkup helps identify internal problems from inventory mismanagement, outdated and incomplete financial reports, and false accounting assumptions to external forces like misreading the market, losing competitive advantage and missing golden opportunities. Patterson is a KPMG CPA with an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and has 30 years experience working with CEOs, board members, executive teams, private equity investors, and entrepreneurs to help them identify and manage the risk factors that may already be affecting their balance sheets and their bottom line.

More About the Author

What's the cost of what you don't know when you aren't hitting your numbers and your employees are full of excuses. In these turbulent economic times when risk is a guaranteed certainty, Gary Patterson unlocks the "hidden risks" that could topple even the best of companies. Even before Bernie Madoff, he saw companies struggle, even die from self inflicted risks they unknowingly took. To this end, Patterson helps companies develop and implement an ERM strategy to ensure a company's long-term financial growth. Patterson offers a commonsense approach to risk management that unlocks added value for existing or new ERM programs, both identifying formerly invisible opportunities and revealing key risk areas executives unwittingly take.

For example, in this rapidly accelerating world where layers of management and large numbers of employees have been fired or their work outsourced, decision makers are under siege. After adding factors like silo-thinking departments, inadequate reporting systems, and a challenging global economy, companies are taking far greater risks than CEOs and C-suite officers and their boards are aware of. Examples of risks can range from inventory mismanagement, outdated and/or incomplete financial reports, and false accounting assumptions to external forces like misreading the market, losing competitive advantage, and missing opportunities.

And as another point of WIIFM, you will find you can implement a basic version of this which can make you more money, including saving your bonus in some future year, or maybe this current year.

Gary W. Patterson, The FiscalDoctor(R), is a Stanford MBA and Big-4 CPA with 30 years' experience working with traditional and emerging industries. Specializing in manufacturing, finance, systems, and operations, Patterson works with CEOs, board members, executive teams, private equity investors, and entrepreneurs to help them identify overlooked opportunities and manage the risk factors that negatively affect their companies' bottom line.

Patterson is the author of Stick Out Your Balance Sheet and Cough: Best Practices for Long-Term Business Health, and he speaks widely on enterprise risk assessment and risk analysis, corporate governance, and the bottom-line impact of going green


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Any executive who cares seriously about the health of their business will benefit from this book.
Gayle Lantz
We all understand terms like "symptoms", "diagnosis", "prescription", "treatment" and "check up", so when they are applied to business it just makes sense.
Leon Scott Baxter
Gary has done an outstanding job in explaining what every business person should know in order to be successful.
Michael Monji

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alice Grace on August 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Stick Out Your Balance Sheet" has made me, a small business owner, aware of the financial reporting and information I should be regularly looking at. In the midst of business activities and deadlines it's easy to neglect the pulse of your business. While I have been vaguely aware of needing regular information flow on the financial health of my business, I wasn't quite sure how to get started. Witty, concise and to the point, Gary Patterson's book explains complex business processes in a simple language and raises awareness of the crucial information flow that may be missing in your company. It has jolted my head out of the sand and motivated me to establish regular reporting on the financial health of my business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Monji VINE VOICE on October 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Holy Cow! what a great book on insuring that your business will succeed. Gary has done an outstanding job in explaining what every business person should know in order to be successful. He explains the do's and don'ts of a successful business. If you own a business you need this book. It will prevent you from making the mistakes most businesses make. On a scale of 1 to 5, I give this book a 10. Great job Gary.

Michael Monji
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leon Scott Baxter on October 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a creative way to offer practical business advice! What makes "Stick Out Your Balance Sheet and Cough" so attractive is that Gary W. Patterson, the Fiscal Doctor, offers his business practices in a way we can all relate to... through health care. We all understand terms like "symptoms", "diagnosis", "prescription", "treatment" and "check up", so when they are applied to business it just makes sense. Ingenious.

If you want a book to help keep your business healthy written in a fun and familiar manner, "Stick Out Your Balance Sheet and Cough" is it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John S. Cohoat on October 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As an entrepreneur and former CFO, I can really appreciate Gary's analysis of risk factors that have become even more important to identify in these tough times. There are several practical tools and checklists to make sure you haven't missed anything. If you are not a financial person, this will open your eyes to some factors you may have missed.
The book is not for a very small business, because Gary assumes you have several employees, a Board of Directors, at least a few million in sales, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Leahy on October 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Gary Patterson's book entitled "Stick Out Your Balance Sheet and Cough" is a must read in the business schools as well as C-Suites and Finance Departments of the corporate world. Complementing a step-by-step review of the "business physical" are lists of penetrating and thought provoking questions which boards and managements would be well advised to utilize and periodically review in the process. Their thought provoking nature facilitates laser sharp business focus, rigorous prioritization and a true understanding of the underlying motivations, assumptions and bias in enterprise navigation. This book makes a compelling case for the fiduciary duty of ongoing corporate financial analysis as a prudent preventive medicine.
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