Rittenhouse Rankings works with CEOs and CFOs to create Accountability Cultures that sharpen Execution, grow Trust and achieve Financial Leadership.

Rittenhouse Rankings works with Fortune 500 companies to strengthen execution and financial performance.  L.J. Rittenhouse coaches corporate teams to identify blind spots and create trust-building stakeholder communication and action strategies.

Rittenhouse’s new book, Investing Between the Lines, (McGraw 2013), reports on companies that lead with Candor and those which have not.  It was endorsed by Warren Buffett in his 2013 shareholder letter.

The Rittenhouse Rankings MODEL OF A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS illustrates the relationships among the seven key corporate systems required for superior performance.

Like other business models The Rittenhouse Rankings model includes Strategy, Leadership, Vision, and Stakeholder Relationships systems.  Unlike other models, it introduces Accountability, Capital Stewardship and Candor as additional performance drivers.  This revolutionary model has been adopted by Fortune 500 and small cap companies to create value-creating strategies, communications and results.

Legendary investor and Vanguard founder Jack Bogle compared the Rittenhouse Rankings model which puts Capital Stewardship at the heart of a business to the Copernican breakthrough showing the true position of the sun.

Clients use the model to quickly diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of the execution expected from each system.  The topics that define each system pinpoint corporate vulnerabilities that require strategic interventions.

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L.J. Rittenhouse is a trust and valuation expert, as well as a financial strategist and innovation coach to FORTUNE 500 and small cap companies. She is founder, CEO and President of Rittenhouse Rankings, Inc.

L.J. Rittenhouse works closely with client teams to align financial goals and strategies with candor standards.  Adopting the Rittenhouse Rankings candor discipline can shift stakeholder perceptions about a company—overnight.

Clients have used the Candor practices to successfully protect corporate reputations and manage ethics and operational crises.  Over time, clients are coached and trained to lead with candor so they can build resilient, trustworthy cultures.

The tangible rewards of these corporate initiatives are improved operating and financial performance and stronger valuation.  The intangible benefits are revealed in higher levels of motivation, engagement, alignment and creativity.

Rittenhouse’s new book INVESTING BETWEEN THE LINES: How to Make Smarter Decisions by Decoding CEO Communications was released in January 2013.  It showcases a revolutionary system to measure organizational trustworthiness as a predictor of investment potential. Rittenhouse is also the author of Buffett’s Bites (McGraw-Hill 2010) and Do Business with People You Can Tru$t, both featured selections at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting bookstore.

Investing Between the Lines: How to Make Smarter Decisions By Decoding CEO Communications

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The essential guide to making smarter decisions by decoding CEO Communications

Recommended reading in Warren Buffet’s 2013 Shareholder Letter

Investing Between the Lines introduces a revolutionary method for evaluating the financial integrity of a company. You don’t need special access to “insider” information or a degree in accounting to figure it out. In fact, the secret is right in front of you—in black and white—in the words of every shareholder letter, annual report, and corporate correspondence you receive.

Investing Between the Lines shows you how to:

  • Decipher the “FOG” of confusing company communications
  • Decode the real meaning behind corporate jargon and platitudes
  • Separate the facts from the fluff in annual reports and quarterly earnings calls
  • Safeguard your money by investing in companies that steward investor capital

Too often, corporate executives and investment professionals are expected to deliver short-term results. As a result, they are compelled to turn to accounting techniques and unclear language to meet these expectations.

In Investing Between the Lines, L.J. Rittenhouse lays out her time-tested approach for recognizing at-risk businesses before trouble hits. This is the same method she used to predict the collapse of Enron and the fall of Lehman.

From comparing the statements of Ford, GM, and Toyota to revealing why FedEx and Wells Fargo have been so successful, Investing Between the Lines shows that Rittenhouse’s system is one of the most powerful tools a corporate leader or investor can have. Once you learn the clues to decode CEO communications, you will be able to invest between the lines—to figure out exactly what a company’s CEO is or isn’t telling you.

Whether you’re a professional investor, a new shareholder, or a CEO who wants to improve how your company communicates, Investing Between the Lines is one of the best investments you’ll ever make.

Praise for Investing Between the Lines: How to Make Smarter Decisions By Decoding CEO Communications


    Rittenhouse is still on the side of the angels.


    Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway


    Tremendous! Investing Between the Lines is destined to become a classic in showing how candor is the language of trust and how trust is the basis on which companies ultimately succeed.


    Author of the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Speed of Trust, and coauthor of Smart Trust


    Before investing only by the numbers, read Investing Between the Lines. In it, L.J. Rittenhouse makes a compelling case that CEOs’ words matter too.


    Baker Foundation Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School, and author of The Culture Cycle


    An intriguing read that gets to the heart of the 21st-century leadership challenge—the need for leaders to candidly build and earn the trust of their stakeholders in an enduring way.


    Former President, CEO, and Director of Campbell Soup Company and New York Times bestselling author of TouchPoints


    This book is the Rosetta Stone for investors and the high-water mark for CEOs.


    CEO of Compli, Inc., and Director, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics


    L.J. Rittenhouse reports on over a decade of research analyzing executive communications and finds leadership clues that reveal the true values of a corporate culture which, in turn, determine performance.


    Executive Director, Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute, Miami University

Buffett’s Bites: The Essential Investor’s Guide to Warren Buffett’s Shareholder Letters

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  • Ignore Sound Bites That Rattle Markets
  • Treat Market Pessimism as Your Friend
  • Do the Little Things Right
  • Protect Your Capital When the Facts Turn Upside Down
  • Rely on CEOs Who Nurture Healthy Corporate Cultures Remember That Large, Unfathomable Derivatives Are Still Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Seek Simplicity and Candor

Each year pundits, reporters and financial analysts search for clues in Warren Buffett’s shareholder letter after it is released on the Internet. They sift through Buffett’s reports, looking for predictions on the direction of the economy and his company, Berkshire Hathaway. In 2009, they misread Buffett’s tea leaves and misled readers about Buffett’s true understanding of economic recovery.

In Buffett’s Bites, The Essential Investor’s Guide to Warren Buffett’s Shareholder Letters, L.J. Rittenhouse sets the record straight. She shows readers how to find the real gold in Buffett’s communications: his economic principles. Rated A+ by Buffett for saying the most with the fewest number of words, Buffett’s Bites is essential reading for all who want to protect their wealth from future financial devastation. It reveals how to avoid entitlement-driven CEOs and find leaders who steward investor capital.

Berkshire’s eye-popping results – a 45-year book value compounded increase of 434,057 percent versus only 5,430 percent for the S&P 500 – prove that Buffett’s capital allocation strategy is a winning formula. Still, many capitalists either won’t or can’t hear his ideas. Could this techno-phobic, genial host of the Berkshire annual meeting be a revolutionary? Is this why he calls his meeting the Woodstock of Capitalism? Rittenhouse shows how to read between the lines of Buffett’s letters and find a man who wants to be regarded less for his wealth and more for the way he made it.

Do Business with People You Can Trust: Balancing Profits and Principles

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At time when investors are wondering who to trust, L.J. Rittenhouse has written the first-ever guide to identifying trustworthy business leadership. She examines the letters that CEOs write in their annual reports to show readers how to spot executives with clear sight, wise judgment and the ability to balance profits and principles. While many people complain that these letters are a waste of time to read, Rittenhouse shows investors how to read between the lines to ferret out useful information that management may be trying to hide. Quoting from the letters of Warren Buffett and other trust-building CEOs, she establishes standards of disclosure that readers can use to determine the worth of other company communications. In Do Business With People You Can Tru$t readers are invited to be part of a movement to instill improved business disclosure and accountability. This is the Fifth Year Anniversary Edition.