Do You Have a Numbers Person?

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You have a controller, CFO, or both.  Each requires specialized training and education.  In my experience, the titles distract from the true demands of the job.  What I want is a Numbers Person.

What makes for a Numbers Person?

  1. A broad and deep understanding of the business at the operating level.
  2. In touch with the handful of people who really know the numbers at the operating level that define the complete business model.
  3. Can put simple formats together in numbers form to show how you’re doing in the key success areas that drive the business.
  4. Most important, having the presence, communication skillset, and courage to call out the problems and opportunities, and hold people accountable to tackle them.

Many can reconcile numbers and discuss financial statements, but finding the person described above is much more difficult.  When I’ve discovered a great one and made the changes to get them into the position, my return on time invested has been outstanding.

You’re flying blind if you don’t have a numbers person.

WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING

  • “Chris installed the platform, discipline, and team that transformed The Andersons railcar start-up into the company’s most profitable business.”

    — John Barrett, Chairman & CEO, Western & Southern Life Insurance Company
  • “Chris’s ability to simplify complicated issues down to their essence is unmatched.”

    — Randy Jones, President, Tireman Auto Centers
  • “Chris jumped in to serve as Project Liaison when cost overruns materialized during our major capital expansion .”

    — Gary Boehm, Headmaster, Maumee Valley Country Day School
  • “Chris’s experience and curiosity, combined with self awareness, form one of the most effective coaching styles I’ve experienced. “

    — Anne Loevlie, CEO, Icelantic Ski Company
  • “Chris provided a critical ear to hear myself talk.  Our conversations surfaced the issues I needed to deal with.”

    — Steve Hirzel, President, Hirzel Canning Company