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Stick Out Your Balance Sheet and Cough: Best Practices for Long-Term Business Health Hardcover – June 15, 2009

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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

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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 The FiscalDoctor corporate checkup helps identify internal problems from inventory mismanagement, outdated and incomplete financial reports, and false accounting assumptions to external forces like misreading the market, losing competitive advantage and missing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.
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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: #3,097,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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Gary Patterson uses medical practices as the background for a successful and healthy business strategy. He gives you checklists, and examples all to help you better understand how to keep your business healthy. He gives you 21 ways to generate quick cash and advises against extending credit but also suggests assigning customer write offs to a collection agency. This may help your business to avoid bad debt, since you are not extending credit but it will also stump your business growth. Taking risks, that are educated and outlined can help your business to grow. An important nugget Patterson shares with us in regards to this point is that you should pay close attention to your most profitable customers. He suggests doing business with those 20% of your customers that give you 80% of your business. A good read, puts things into perspective.
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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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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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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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