By Steven E. Sacks
The NEW Fundamentals
CPA firms that seek to position themselves for the future must be brutally honest and self-aware. They might normally start with a top-down or bottom-up analysis of their operations. One tool that has been around forever is the SWOT analysis.
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SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. There are benefits to this tool because it serves as a motivator to examine a situation (e.g., operational, cultural, financial), assess core competencies and capabilities, identify the need to (and key drivers of) change and enable – if conducted correctly – an organizational cross-section of input and insight.