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Contracting-Out or Outsourcing In-House Functions – Doing It Right

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

Contracting-out or outsourcing in-house functions is many times viewed as a panacea to problems an organization is facing or as a sure way to reduce costs…. which is not always what happens.

Here are some considerations in planning to implement the contracting-out or outsourcing of an-house function and then their implementation.  Use these guidelines as a […]


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Staying Relevant

Service innovation in an evolving world

by Maureen Broderick, Big4.com Guest Blogger

“There’s no question that an important part of the equation for leading a professional service firm is the ability to ignite and then sustain innovation. It’s a key fundamental business process – easy to talk about and really hard to do.” Jim Quigley, former CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited Continue reading


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How to Handle a Crisis with a Client (or anyone else!)

By Andrew Sobel, Big4.com Guest Blogger 

It has happened and will happen to every professional who deals with clients: something goes wrong or your client gets upset about something you’ve done or said. Here are eight tips for dealing with an unhappy client and starting the process of resolution:

Respond rapidly. If a […]


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Organization Evaluation and Improvement Tools

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger 

I’ve developed tools you can use to evaluate and improve organization operations and business processes.  You can use these tools yourself or they will help you to establish a scope of services if you want to use a consultant.

We have five tools at this time.

Organization Self-Assessment Tool  http://www.advancingyourorganization.com/?page_id=1106
Management Practices Assessment and Improvement […]


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Lean Operations and IT – A great challenge !

By Tim Reed, Big4.com Guest Blogger    

Lean Operations and  IT could be one the toughest challenges faced by organizations. Several Organizations look at ‘Lean’ as a method to further streamline the  organization or as a last ditch effort to further reduce ongoing operational costs. The organizations that are successful with Lean Operations and IT  however, are focused on […]


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15 Most Viewed Organizational Improvement Articles and Tools

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

Clients have asked me which of my website articles and tools get the most interest.   Below are the 15 most visited articles and tools, in descending order of interest, on my website.

Useful Performance Measures and Metrics – How To Measure Efficiency and Effectiveness.  http://www.advancingyourorganization.com/?p=1071 

Organization Assessment and Improvement Tool. http://www.advancingyourorganization.com/?page_id=1106 

Getting a […]


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Positive Board Culture Is Critical To Its Successful Governance


By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

Your Board of Directors can have appropriate policies and procedures and yet not be providing effective governance for itself and your organization.  You can have the correct number of members, good committee structure, members with a sufficiently diverse competencies, and ethics and conflicts of interest policies, and even a mix of inside […]


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Fraud On The Rise: Auditors Anticipate Finding Fraud At Clients

By Richard Cornelisse

The aim of the blog is to discuss fraud in general and more specific VAT fraud.  What is the positive correlation? What is the impact on tax controversy, company’s prioritization and the game plan needed to mitigate risks?

“While 37.6 percent of respondents expected to find fraud among the accounts they audit, they anticipated their competitors would find […]


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But What IS an Interim Consultant….?

Jo Young, big4.com Guest Blogger.

 

Interim Managers, Interim Consultants, Contractors, Freelancers, Temps, Advisors, Analysts – people working independently in the business sphere have many names and titles – but is there consensus on what they all mean?

The answer is a resounding “no” across the industry, which causes frustration and delay in the resourcing process; often it becomes apparent that what the […]


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Not a Job for the Faint of Heart

The art of leading talented, creative, and driven professionals

“The challenge is really how to take this very, very talented, high-strung group and mold them into a confident, cohesive team. It would be easier if they were less talented and more malleable.”   Ralph Shrader, Chairman and CEO, Booz Allen Hamilton

By Maureen Broderick, Big4.com Guest Blogger

Of all the ingredients in […]


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How to Build a Peer Relationship When Selling to a Prospect

By Andrew Sobel, Big4.com Guest Blogger

Sometimes it can feel like buyers have the upper hand. They have many service providers to choose from. Everyone calls on them and aggressively pitches for their business. How can you be viewed as a peer, as someone who has something valuable to offer, rather than a commodity vendor? Thoughtful power questions […]


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Improve Your Management Performance

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

Are you managing as well as you should? Or are you being asked to improve how you manage your operating unit or teams?

Our Management Practices Assessment and Improvement Tool provides you with an approach and guidance on good management practices.

The management principles and practices described in the tool apply to managers at all […]


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Management Of Reputational Risk

By Richard Cornelisse

Aim Of The Blog

This guest blog is not about whether effective tax planning is right or wrong, but raises the question whether besides evaluating tax risks (level of tolerance) also reputational risks of the company as part of tax risk management should be determined and managed accordingly.

I don’t necessary agree with the content of various […]


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Death & Finances

Susan Bruno (divacfo.com), Big4.com Guest Blogger

Although all 5D’s are difficult (death, divorce, disaster, disability, debt), we can pretty safely say that death trumps them all. Coping with the death of a loved one is perhaps the hardest thing we have to encounter in our lives. But when your spouse or a family member dies, you’ll […]


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Guidelines For Managing Employees In A Matrix Organization Structure

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

Some form of matrix organizational structure is the norm in many organizations.  It’s generally a blend of a formal long term structure (usually hierarchical) and temporary functional work teams comprised of employees with respective specializations from various organizational departments.  They focus on a specific project, with a specific scope of work, objectives […]


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