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The Importance of Good Church Leadership Succession Planning

Good leadership matters. As an organization, your emotional intelligence is vital to the church leadership succession planning process. People work for people. “People are definitely a company’s greatest asset,” says Mary Kay Ash, CEO of Mary Kay cosmetics. “It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.” I think back to every organization that I’ve ever been in or a part of and that sentiment is so true. People are so important. Relationships with people are what bind us, especially in faith-based organizations when our focus is on the good work we do with people and spreading the word of the Lord. Faith-based employees are stewards of the organization, no matter which role they are in.

According to Neal Joseph in Outcomes Magazine, “Leadership challenges now require an extra something that is often intangible. We tend to hire people to solve ‘technical’ problems in our organizations, when in fact many organizational issues that result from working in a post-modern cultural context require adaptive, not technical leadership.”

Topics: back office Faith-Based succession Planning

The Purpose of Succession Planning

The purpose of succession planning is to have a plan in place when someone within your organization leaves. This could be a career change, retirement, or an immediate life altering situation. Most of the time you can’t predict what’s going to happen, so having a succession plan in place can help work through the chaos when something unexpected happens. Deloitte reports that while 86 percent of leaders believe leadership succession planning is an “urgent” or “important” priority, only 14 percent believe they do it well. Similar to buying accounting software, succession planning is a function that you only do a handful of times in your career. It is realistic to feel that you don’t do it well if you don’t do it often.

Topics: back office Faith-Based succession Planning

Nonprofit Succession Planning Best Practices Plan for Success

Nonprofit Succession Planning Best Practices - If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail

A few months ago we started researching nonprofit succession planning and how that impacts the faith-based back-office. Being in the finance and accounting world, we've seen some great examples and some not so great examples of succession planning for finance and accounting professionals. This led to months of research that turned into many conversations with succession planning experts and members of our own team who have lived it. It became a passion project for many of us. We even published an eBook about it! What became clear was, in order to be successful, you need to plan for success.

If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail is the first section of the eBook. Over the next couple of months, we will release more sections on our blog. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did creating it.

Topics: back office Faith-Based succession Planning

What to Do If You Missed the 1099 Deadline

If you missed my post a couple of weeks ago about the 1099 deadline, or if you simply fell behind and didn't get all your 1099-MISCs out the door to your vendors by the january 31st deadline, don't despair. The world is still turning and life is going to go on. It's not the end of the world, and you can still get yourself in compliance relatively easily. Doing nothing because you think it's too late is not a good option, though. That can get you into trouble with the IRS.

Topics: 1099s back office Taxes Income Taxes compliance Awareness

Understanding the Effects of Employee Fraud on Your Accounting System

John Verver recently wrote an article posted on CFO.com about the top areas of concern with regards to employee fraud. It's a great article, which made us want to draw attention to it, and it also got us thinking about the subject when it comes to what we do here at AcctTwo. 

Topics: Blog outsourced accounting accounting software back office Fraud Intacct Outsourcing accounting outsourcing internal controls Cloud computing outsourced back office Audit and Internal Controls Accounting Featured Posts Accounts Payable Awareness

Ephor Group Chairman Garry Meier Talks About Lessons Learned in the New Economy for SMBs

Ephor Group Chairman Garry Meier Talks About Lessons Learned in the New Economy for SMBs, AcctTwo CEO Marcus Wagner talks about business process outsourcing for SMBs, Intacct Channel Executive Peyton Burch talks about the benefits of Intacct's on-demand accounting and financial management system.

Topics: Blog middle market shared services back office management reporting FAO information systems Intacct Professional Services Industry CFO F&A outsourcing SaaS Outsourcing accounting outsourcing Intacct Media Coverage Software as a service controller outsourced finance and accounting internal controls Cloud computing outsourced back office Videos Accounting compliance bookkeeping

Size Doesn't Matter

I've had many conversations with people about business process outsourcing (BPO) and finance and accounting outsourcing (FAO), and whether a company is either too big or too small for outsourcing to make sense. Some people take the position that smaller companies should outsource, but will get to a certain point where they should really bring their accounting function in-house.

Topics: Blog outsourced accounting middle market shared services back office FAO CFO F&A outsourcing Outsourcing accounting outsourcing controller outsourced finance and accounting outsourced back office Accounting Featured Posts bookkeeping

Here's a Head-Scratcher - The Value of Audited Financial Statements

I met with a banker yesterday from one of the top 3 big national banks. We were introducing him to AcctTwo and our business process outsourcing services for small and medium-sized companies. We thought he would appreciate knowing that his clients could use AcctTwo to generate more timely and accurate financial and management reports, and his bank would get their required financial statements and borrowing base covenant calculations much faster.

Topics: Blog outsourced accounting shared services back office management reporting Fraud FAO CFO Taxes F&A outsourcing Outsourcing accounting outsourcing controller outsourced finance and accounting outsourced back office Audit and Internal Controls Accounting bookkeeping

What Is The Total Cost of Ownership of Your Finance and Accounting Function?

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the total cost of ownership of your accounting software. As I pointed out, there are many more hidden costs of owning and operating your own enterprise accounting software than many people realize. If you haven't read that post, you might want to read it first, as this post builds on the concepts already introduced there. This post discusses the total cost of ownership of the entire finance and accounting function, including the enterprise accounting software and all the other costs.

Topics: Blog outsourced accounting accounting software shared services back office FAO Software Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) CFO F&A outsourcing Outsourcing accounting outsourcing Software Evaluation controller outsourced finance and accounting outsourced back office Accounting Featured Posts bookkeeping total cost of ownership

Operating in the Fog

One thing about living in Southeast Texas is that you never have to worry about having the same type of weather pattern between October and April. It can be sunny and 80 degrees one day and 45 degrees with a nasty north wind the next day. You never really know what you can expect, so you need to rely on the weatherman or weather sites to help you prepare for the coming days.

Topics: Blog outsourced accounting middle market accounting software shared services back office management reporting FAO Business Intelligence / Analytics CFO F&A outsourcing Outsourcing accounting outsourcing Software Evaluation controller outsourced finance and accounting outsourced back office Accounting bookkeeping