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3 Things You Should Never Do On Your First Day as CFO

Congratulations! You made it! You’ve just been appointed chief financial officer (CFO). You are the right-hand-man of the CEO and a trusted advisor to your fellow executives and the board of directors. So don’t screw up! Let’s talk about a few things you might do that could shoot yourself in the foot if you act […]

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The 3 Forgotten Practices of Mastering Capital Allocation

Do you ever wonder what Warren Buffet does with his days? How did he become the most successful CEO in the history of the corporate world? Yet at the same time, he has little involvement in the day-to-day operations of any one of his dozens of companies under the Berkshire Hathaway umbrella of companies. The […]

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3 Must-have Skills of the Modern CFO

Newsflash! The role of the modern chief financial officer (CFO) is changing. The role is evolving from one of leader of the back office toward one of strategic advisor to the organization. This evolution doesn’t diminish the importance of establishing and maintaining credible financial reporting. Instead, this evolution is in addition to this responsibility and […]

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4 Leadership Roles of Every Successful Board of Directors

Are you an executive reporting to a board of directors? How do you perceive this body of people? Are they helping or hurting you in achieving the objectives you have set for the organization? Or are you a director? How do you evaluate the performance of the executive team you have appointed to manage the […]

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3 Ridiculously Good Ideas to Get More Out of Your SWOT Analysis

The SWOT Analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) is a strategic and business planning tool that resides in just about every PowerPoint deck created for such purposes. But have you ever been left with that feeling that something is missing? Has the SWOT Analysis uncovered a strategic insight or helped your executive team formulate strategy? […]

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Why Every Financial Executive Must Know of the Rule of Three

Have you ever noticed in life how things are naturally configured in groups of 3? Consider: The 3 R’s The three pigs The three bears The three wise men The three pillars… There are 3 reasons for us to remember this key principle in developing our communication skills. I’m going to call this the ABC […]

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The 3 Best Ways to Protect Your Organization from the Inside Job

Occupational fraud is a big deal, no make that a really big deal! The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners has been studying fraud every two years for well over a decade and the statistics speak for themselves. The average organization is losing 5% of its annual revenues to fraud costing the world economy nearly $4 […]

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3 Imagery Ideas to Wow in Your Next PowerPoint Presentation

3 Imagery Ideas to Wow in Your Next PowerPoint PresentationThere is nothing more dry and boring than reading text on a screen. Yet, how many presentations have we all sat through that have screens filled with lines of text. The multi-media principle was developed by Richard Mayer. Mayer postulated that when words and graphics were used […]

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