A Weekly Business Finance series for Non-Finance Executives!
“Financial Adrenaline” is a term we love around here because it reflects our commitment to help you turbocharge your business with practical tips and techniques to improve free cash flow, the lifeblood of business. As a further extension of our Financial Adrenaline program, we're going to share a new Business Finance Tip every Wednesday specifically for those business executives who don't have a finance background.
Read Warren Buffett’s Letter to Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders
In most fields of endeavor, the more we learn, the more we realize how much we have to learn. It's certainly no different in the world of business finance, so for non-finance executives, it's never easy to know where to start.
So, why not jump into the deep end right now by reading Warren Buffett’s Letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders for 2010. The publication of Berkshire Hathaway's annual report is closely watched in the national media, as well as in homes and offices across the country … and for good reason.
Business Finance is about much more than finance
I've said before that leaders don't have the luxury of confining their interests to just a few things. Building a Business is not just about strategy, finance and leadership. It's about much more … and nothing brought that home more clearly than choosing the categories and tags for this article … because it's about so much more than business finance … and yet, it's related directly to business finance.
A great example of the Art of Communication
Warren Buffett's letter is a great example in the art of communication … about complex financial issues as well as organizational development, culture, recruitment, succession planning, ethics, stewardship … it's a long list that will satiate any appetite for those of you interested in understanding how all of it fits together. On the subject of communication, you may find the Communication Action Plan a valuable tool to jumpstart your own communication plan, which we just published as part of our Nothing but Leadership series.
What do you think?
In his annual letter, Buffett discusses the many financial challenges within the companies and industries under Berkshire Hathaway's broad umbrella. What's so engaging is not just his avuncular style but the rich tapestry of issues and challenges that come together in the assessment of business performance.
Is there a particular issue that you're curious about? Growth? Liquidity? Metrics? Leverage? Valuation? Productivity? It's all there … with Buffett's personal interpretations, his issues with analysts, his challenges to accepted valuation and financial metrics standards.
How does Buffett's letter serve as a communication device for shareholders? Too much information? Not enough? Where should we start to help you with your business finance education?
How our Weekly Business Finance series will help you
Most non-finance executives have picked up a few tidbits … from a class, from a financial colleague or friend, a banker, an accountant … and have assimilated a variety of random fragments that are probably more like a messy collage than a well-drawn portrait. Is it enough to get by? Maybe … but if you'll take ownership of your own financial education, we'll help you. Dig in, challenge what you read, add your comments or questions and we'll answer them right here … every time … and we'll get this conversation started. Are you with me?