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Understanding and Preventing Budget Calamities

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Accounting - Technical

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Accounting and Auditing |  Personal Development |  ACPEN Industry Institute
Bob Mims, CPA
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2 Hours
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The budgeting process can be a time consuming and frustrating process for accountants.  The constraints and pressures can lead to poor decisions in both the technical and human components.  This session will cover:

Understanding and Preventing Budget Calamities
•    Most of us lead or participate in the budget process at least annually.  Inherent flaws exist in the standard budget building process that you can solved by recognizing them and committing to solutions.  

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Define the budget process
    • Understand varying budget cultures and choosing the right one for your organization
    • Walk through a 12-step cure for the typical Budgetaholic
    • Use Balanced Scorecard Budgeting
  • How to build a model that works
    • How the right Chart of Accounts can simplify your work 
    • Building a volume sensitive model
    • Budgeting to GAAP and for Board understanding
    • Efficiently modeling payroll and benefits
    • Identifying controllable and uncontrollable expenses
    • Using variables to stress test your budget
  • Understanding core personality types
    • Learning the type of person you are
    • Managing and coping with the budget team
    • Dealing with A, B and C players
    • Connecting through disconnection
  • Identifying the ‘big picture” and your communications role 
    • Communicating so others can understand us
    • Understanding a presentation’s anatomy 
    • Tips and tricks for budget presentation

Major Subjects
  • Budget defining,
  • Budget cultures
  • Tacticle budget issues
  • Ideas for budget solutions and process solutions
  • Understanding people in the budget process
  • Communicating your budget to non financial types

Course Materials


Bob Mims, CPA's Profile

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Bob Mims, CPA, is an entrepreneur and accounting/management executive based in Memphis, TN. He has served as a financial consultant across various industries in the role of planning, modeling and CFO capacities.  Bob has had the privilege of serving as chair on an AICPA committee and on two FASB advisory committees.  During his ten years with the accounting firm KPMG, he was selected national instructor of the year on three occasions. 
Bob graduated from the University of Mississippi, and enjoys outdoor sports with his wife, 5 children, 2 service dogs, and a 20-pound cat named ‘Squirt’.


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Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For Current and aspiring CFO's and Controllers and/or Finance related professionals involved in teh budget process
Original Recording Date 08/08/2022
Course Developer The Knowledge Institute
Date Added to Catalog 08/02/2022
Course Schedule This course contains no breaks.
Yellow Book No

Additional Information

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Instructional Delivery Method

Group Internet Based

Course Registration Requirements

Online Registration

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"Great approach/presentation for a tough subject to teach"