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Why Do Things Often Go Bad Between Founders and Financial Managers?

This story appears in the November 2013 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You're smart to ask this question now, because in my experience things often do go bad between owners and their CFO or top accountants. The biggest culprit is an owner who's demanding more from his or her team than those people are qualified to handle. When I go into companies to help with CFO-level needs, I'm often welcomed with open arms by controllers who have been beat up for months, even years, over expectations that are impossible for them to meet.

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