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Business Financials: Look to the Future, Not Over Your Shoulder

Jul 29, 2018
We have eyes that look forward to where we’re going and whilst some people may say they have eyes in the back of the head, the reality is they don’t.
 
So why is it then, that when we’re looking at finances, we are continually looking backward and not looking to the future? Pilots are at the front of the plane watching where the plane is going, into the future, as they fly us around the world. They’re not looking behind them at where they’ve been. The past is useful and has a place. Pilots use their experiences and lessons learned in the past to help them fly the plane into the future.

SO WE TOO SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON FINANCIAL FIGURES THAT ARE LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE WHILST USING THE HISTORICAL, PAST REPORTS TO GUIDE US.

People in agricultural businesses are great at doing this.
 
Whilst they use their experience over the years, even decades, of growing and harvesting their crops, they are continually looking to the future to make...
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What Are Your Business Numbers Telling You?

Jul 15, 2018

For your business numbers to tell you about the state of your business, you first have to take the time to look at them and therein lies the first hurdle for most business owners.

They fear what the numbers might say or know that they won’t understand them or have a mindset that they’re not good at maths and as a result, they bury their heads in the sand and/or abdicate all responsibility to their bookkeeper or accountant. None of these actions will help your business to survive let alone thrive.

I was talking to UK business leadership coach, Andrew Priestley, about how important the numbers are in business and his experience with clients who don’t know the basic numbers. It’s disappointing to me that so little is available to help redress this issue and the reason that I continue to write these blog posts. The more knowledge I share, the more I am helping people to overcome the knowledge gap that is vital for business success.

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