Top 20 Issues for Board Leadership

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GaryPattersonArticleFirestorm Expert Council Member Gary Patterson (The Fiscal Doctor) is obsessed with your company’s Fiscal Health; we’re not talking about some bean counting exercise, but rather an operational and strategic assessment of how your organization reflects the true realities of the world you are living in.

In his article for the December 2014 issue of Financier Worldwide, Mr. Patterson recaps his impressions of the 2014 NACD Board Leadership Conference SUCCESS and aggregates 20 top issues those directors suggested.

Approximately 50 directors discussed their three top issues which boards or organizations should talk about, but sometimes do not discuss in meaningful depth (if at all).

Gary graciously shares the article here as a PDF, and gives readers a tool needed to address underlying strategic and operational issues without spending their political capital with colleagues.

Read the article: Board Taboos

About Gary Patterson – The Fiscal Doctor

GaryPGary W. Patterson has more than 30 years of senior management experience with high growth technology, wireless, manufacturing and service companies. He has worked with more than 200 companies — from start-ups to Inc 500 to Fortune 500 — providing high level strategic guidance and expertise. Gary’s financial acumen and extensive business knowledge have brought about significant outcomes for his clients, helping them to successfully navigate that often murky pathway to growth and profitability.

Gary is also the Virtual National Business Advisor – Goldman Sachs -10,000 Small Businesses:

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses launched in 2009 as an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. Advisory Council includes Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg and Dr. Michael Porter of Harvard Business School.

Gary’s extraordinary track record includes building two start-ups (each achieving $10 million in revenue within their first year), diagnosing company oversights to save $150K to $3 million annually; guiding a young company through a liquidity search resulting in $25 million in financing, and; helping a company broaden its client base 525%, increasing revenue from $16 million to $100 million.

He has also negotiated more than 25 M&A transactions with a market value exceeding $390 million and helped several companies reach tenfold compounded annual growth in revenue. His international experience includes serving as the European coordinator for the global enterprise-wide application of an innovative software pilot program for a Fortune 500 company.

Gary holds an MBA in Finance and Operations from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BA in Accounting from the University of Mississippi, and is a CPA.

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