New Accelerate Leadership Forum Forming for April 2018 Start

Accelerate Leadership Forum VIII

Accelerate Leadership Forum VIII

Now Accepting Enrollment into 14 Member Accelerate Leadership Forum IX  ("AL IX")

One of the most exciting and fulfilling things we do at Elevate Performance is getting to work with fast-rising leaders in what we’ve now branded as our Accelerate Leadership Forum (formerly Emerging Leader Forum).     

We currently have an excellent class going, with a diverse membership ranging from the region’s Fortune 100 companies, to entrepreneur-led ventures, financial institutions and non-profit organizations.  They’re all whip-smart and enthusiastically engaged.  Large company participants learn how entrepreneurs think and respond.  Smaller size business leaders learn how large companies systematically process choices to be made for the best calculated risk.  All members begin to recognize that part of leadership is dealing with challenges where there is no clear path, requiring different ways of gathering information, then critical thinking to make the final decision. 

It’s energizing just to be in the room.

As we were assembling the current forum, AL VIII, many members expressed a desire to invest in one of your "A" Players or promising professionals in to the next forum, which is scheduled to begin April 2018.  While we already have confirmed members in this class, we still have openings, which we’ll be filling in the coming weeks.

If you have an all-star performer in your organization whom you’d like to prepare for, if not accelerate, their preparedness to take on expanded leadership responsibilities, this ten-month Accelerate Leadership program is an excellent investment option.  Contact us to enroll your top talent and demonstrate to your team of talent how important your people are to the organization.   

CEO Forum members are already aware of the benefits of this program.  But if you’d like to know more, feel free to reach out to Ed Nicholson or Tim McFarland at Elevate Performance. 

We’re looking forward to hearing from you.  

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Representative Organizations - Current Forum In Session - AL VIII

Arrowhead Boats, Bordinos, CaseStack, Centennial Bank, deMx Architecture, First Tee, Guitar Center,  Lofty Labs, Recycled Hydro Solutions, Rockline Industries, Starling Family Office, Tyson Foods, UniVision, Walmart and Wolfspeed.   What a list of excellent organizations! 

 

Corporate Finance Update - 15 Regional, Tech and Consumer Product Companies Analyzed - All Publicly Held

What if we could analyze publicly held companies that are regional or important to our region and add to them some tech favorites such as Google, Apple and Facebook?   Who else might we want to add, HomeBancshares (Centennial Bank), Starbucks and P & G, so as to have a good sample of companies and to include companies in the same industry as forum members?   

    15 Publicly Held Companies Analyzed

    We would like to share with you the latest update from the Corporate Finance for Leaders presentation, one of seven pillars essential for leading an enterprise.  Please click here to advance your knowledge around corporate finance.   

    If Corporate Finance is not a topic you have had the opportunity to develop your knowledge and expertise around, be on the lookout for and enroll into one of Elevate's 2 hour workshops on Corporate Finance for Leaders to be held later this year. 

    We help leaders Elevate Performance.  How can we serve you?   Schedule a free 30 minute session to learn how we work with our clients and members by contacting Pear@ceoforums.us.    

    Economy | Finance 2018 - Dalio, How Long - This Cycle?

    Today's Economy

    If you are like us and are trying to gather the best information to determine where our economy is going, given that we are late in a growth cycle,  so that we can manage investments,  forecast our businesses' growth rates and consider actions to minimize our risk for when a downturn does come about,  we would like to offer to you the best resource we know.  Ray Dalio spoke to CNBC this morning about our economy's likely future performance and where we are in the cycle. 

    Who is Ray Dalio and why do we put him forth as one of the best resource about whom we know? 

    • Ray has built a unique organization that has developed tools, methods and algorithms that give his organization a competitive advantage. 
    • Ray's firm, Bridgewater Associates is the world's largest Hedge Fund at over $160 Billion under management.
    • Bridgewater received a lot of attention when it was learned that it was one of very few firms who saw the 2008 Great Recession coming about and had their clients in the right kinds of investments for such a downturn. 

    Where does Ray believe we are in this economic cycle and what will happen when interest rates tick up?  Let's drill down further to gain economic perspective from maybe the brightest mind today in investments and macro economics, coming to us from Davos, Switzerland, while attending the World Economic Forum, 6 minutes with Ray Dalio - click here.  

    Corporate Finance

    For CEO's, here is the question, what adjustments do we need to make between now and the next downturn?  It sounds like Ray believes we have one or two more years before an economic downturn might come about, hopefully longer.   In order to wring out risk in our enterprise, it is important that we act on specific risk factors one or two years ahead of the downturn. 

    What can we learn from the 2008 Great Recession?  

    During the Great Recession, while some companies only lost 10% of revenues, many companies lost as much as 30% of revenues before beginning to build back and companies in certain industries such as those reliant on advertising or those that are considered luxury items fell by 50% or more.  While there were plenty that did not make it through this, many weathered operating losses.  It was the companies that also had a larger accounts receivable balance or two or three of smaller but in total the same as one larger account that later became a bankrupt company that caused an additional hit to equity and crushed those companies, causing them to fail or quickly be sold for cents on the dollar compared to what the market thought they were worth before the crash.   

    Takeaways: 

    • know your larger customers and the type of credit risk they represent.
    • Ask for full financial statements and analyze the strength in the balance sheet (low or reasonable debt to equity (below 2:1) and the amount of liquidity on hand (5 to 10% of the balance sheet, or more) to weather such downturns
    • Utilize the resources and reports that Dunn & Bradstreet makes available for most established enterprises
    • If we stress test a customer's financial position against a downturn and are concerned they would struggle, we have to ask if we can continue to take accounts receivable risk or we may need to invite the customer to their future elsewhere. 
    • Liquidity is king in a downturn.  Between now and the next downturn, each one of us would be wise to increase our liquid assets available to fund for the unexpected or the cost to operate through a recession.  
    • What is the financial position of some of the winners?  Learn from the Corporate Finance for Leaders Pillar that Elevate has developed for our members and clients.  You can see how some of the best in the world operate, margin-wise, leverage-wise and liquidity wise. 

    Click here to learn more  https://www.elevateperformance.us/accelerateleadership-blog/2018/1/24/corporate-finance-update-15-regional-tech-and-consumer-product-companies-analyzed-all-publicly-held    

    If Corporate Finance is not a topic you have had the opportunity to develop your knowledge and expertise around, be on the lookout for and enroll into one of Elevate's 2 hour workshops on Corporate Finance for Leaders to be held later this year. 

    We help leaders Elevate Performance.  How can we serve you?   Schedule a free 30 minute session to learn how we work with our clients and members by contacting Pear@ceoforums.us.    

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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