The Top Five Dashboards Every CFO Should Review Daily

The Kini Group

The CFO’s responsibilities have migrated far from the typical numbers focus and cost analysis to growth strategy, sales tactics, and even human resources. This evolution of the role of CFO has created a demand for more oversight. CFO Dashboard 2: Costs.

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The CIO Paradox: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership Martha Heller bibliomotion (2013) The CIO “for all seasons” Rather than one paradox, as this book’s title suggests, Martha Heller rigorously and eloquently examines several separate but related paradoxes: Cost versus Innovation, Operations versus Strategy, Futurist versus Archivist, IT and Business Paradox, Accountability versus Ownership, Recruiting, […].

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Krigsman’s 2012 trends: three quick takes

Crossderry Blog

These have the potential of win/win when done right: the customer pays up a bit to get IT failure insurance, the vendor has incentive to execute (or to innovate to improve profitability). Filed under: PMO Tagged: Application Development , Business Structures , CFO , Cloud Computing , Emerging Technologies , Finance , Managed Hosting , Michael Krigsman , Mobility , On Demand , Oracle , SaaS , SAP , SYSPRO , Vendor Committment , Wireless And Mobility.

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Krigsman’s 2012 trends: three quick takes

Crossderry Blog

These have the potential of win/win when done right: the customer pays up a bit to get IT failure insurance, the vendor has incentive to execute (or to innovate to improve profitability). Filed under: PMO Tagged: Application Development , Business Structures , CFO , Cloud Computing , Emerging Technologies , Finance , Managed Hosting , Michael Krigsman , Mobility , On Demand , Oracle , SaaS , SAP , SYSPRO , Vendor Committment , Wireless And Mobility.

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Mobile Payments and the 'Wow' Factor: Q&A With Square CFO Sarah Friar

Harvard Business Review

This area of innovation is where mobile payment companies want to play, especially in markets where such technology is less than ubiquitous. Do you have words of advice for people who are trying to manage the world of mobile innovation?

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These Are the People You Need on Your Startup Team

Chart Your Course

Business leadership researchers tell us that the best traits for your CFO are emotional stability and global ethics. In the days after the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), a chief executive cannot hide behind the acts of the CFO.

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Help Your Team Overcome Digital Distractions to Be More Innovative - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM WORKFRONT

Harvard Business Review

With rare exception, they’re not satisfied with the status quo and are driven to innovate and change. And yet that drive for innovation fails to reach most people on their team — at least not in a way that employees can act on. By Alex Shootman, CEO, Workfront.

Steve Jobs Solved the Innovator's Dilemma

Harvard Business Review

That book is The Innovator's Dilemma by HBS Professor Clay Christensen. But what's most interesting to me isn't that The Innovator's Dilemma was on that list. Anyone familiar with Professor Christensen's work will quickly recognize the same causal mechanism at the heart of the Innovator's Dilemma: the pursuit of profit. The CFO. Jobs was profoundly influenced by the Innovator's Dilemma — he saw the company he created almost die from it.

CMOs, Build a Relationship with Your CFOs

Harvard Business Review

But this makes the still lingering CMO-CFO disconnect even more significant, as both executives are now stewards of that critical corporate data. After having collaborated at David's Bridal to build a more effective marketing function (and actually enjoying it), we decided to share some of our observations, from both the perspective of the CFO (Gene) and CMO (Kimberly). In your preliminary discussions with the CFO, establish clear definitions, success criteria, and formulas.

The Unexpected Realities of Being an Entrepreneur

Lead Change Blog

You cannot dare do the same thing as an entrepreneur when you are still the HR manager, marketing guru, office manager, janitor, tech guy, sales staff, CFO and CEO. It is an opportunity to create and be innovative. How interesting is it to start your own business?

Employee Engagement Articles

Chart Your Course

Why Your CEO and CFO Should Care About Employee Engagement TLNT, 2013. The Innovation Catalysts Harvard Business Review, June 2011. General Employee Engagement Articles. How to be Happy at Work Business Insider, July 2014.

Morning Advantage: My Kingdom for a Developer

Harvard Business Review

Merck, Eli Lilly, and GlaxoSmithKline have all announced they are investing in early-stage biotech start-ups as a new product development strategy, hoping that external innovation will pick up where internal R&D has fallen short. Facebook Flop Won't Scare Off Growth-Company Listings (CFO). Everyone in the room who is fully satisfied with their IT staff and has no concerns about finding and recruiting new technology talent raise your hand. OK, you way in the back, you can leave.

Today's CIO Needs to Be the Chief Innovation Officer

Harvard Business Review

Therefore, the CIO''s role must shift from protecting and defending the status quo to embracing and extending new innovative capabilities. So while you do have to maintain your current and past systems, your new most important role is to drive internal and external innovation.

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Five Questions Companies Should Ask Before Making an Innovation-Driven Acquisition

Harvard Business Review

This ongoing struggle raises an issue that is endemic in such acquisitions: In search of innovation, big companies often buy other companies whose most innovative days are almost at an end. An acquirer looking for innovation would have been likelier to try to buy Gateway, a company that is almost an after-thought now. Of course, innovation is to some extent always a gamble. Are we chasing numbers or transformative innovation? Innovation Mergers & Acquisitions

Morning Advantage: Female Leaders Have Tempers, Too

Harvard Business Review

Sorry, CFOs: CEOs Don't Think You'd Make Good COOs (CFO). More than half of CEOs questioned said that their CFO would not make a good COO, and only 17% said that those already taking on some organizational responsibilities would be good in an official COO position. WHAT INNOVATION FORGOT. It seems as though Christine Quinn, a Democratic mayoral candidate in New York City, likes to yell.

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Cooperation and Outward Spiraling Success Loops

Create Learning

Was struggling with sales representatives and project managers turning in expense and budget reports on-time…They told me “We have tried everything and our CFO is tired to putting out fires for us.”. We know the Resistance Loop. For that loop to exist the Cooperation Loop must also exist.

50 Ways to Leave your Lover: Keep Failing Til the Last Thing You Try Is Successful

Mills Scofield

Special guest blog post by Don Esch, President of Bettcher Industries of his story at BW-Center For Innovation & Growth 's Innovation Summit. The Change: Was It Innovation, Serendipity or Providence?

Deep Motivations, Not Competencies, Drive Leadership Performance

The Empowered Buisness

Orientation toward innovation and creativity. What if…. You could easily predict the performance of your leaders, your teams and your organization ? You could gain access to the underlying motivators that drive a leader or employee to do their best work?

0508 | Orly Lobel: Full Transcript

LDRLB

We all understand that these days it’s really not so much the number of cars or assembly line or factories that a company has, but really its ability to keep up, to be competitive, to be innovative and what gives the company its competitive edge is really the people who make it. On the other hand, their loyalties to their company, their industry, their profession, and how do you manage all that, and how do you stay passionate in your drive to create, to innovate, to invent?

Unemotional Leadership—an Oxymoron

Lead on Purpose

The leading candidate is the scheming CFO played by Frederic March, a passionless, colorless bean counter groping for power, but with no vision beyond increasing dividend payouts to stockholders. Andrew Cravenho is the CEO of CBAC Funding, an innovative invoice finance company. Guest post by Andrew Cravenho. I recently watched a rerun of Executive Suite , based on Cameron Hawley’s book of the same name.

Introducing 100 Coaches: Pay It Forward Champions

Marshall Goldsmith

Co-founder of Rose Park Advisors—Disruptive Innovation Fund. A leading thinker on strategy and breakthrough innovation. Formerly a leader in the automotive, retail, restaurant, media innovation and consulting industries. Leads Tuck’s incredibly innovative coaching program.

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November 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

In this post, Virtual CFO Jon Verbeck explains the important parts of a financial dashboard for your company. Paul summarizes, “Striking a balance between cultural and operational parameters that allows your employees room to innovate is always a challenge.

Why Leaders Need To Show Humility

Tanveer Naseer

The hubris displayed by Skilling, along with founder Kenneth Lay and CFO Andrew Fastow, didn’t just destroy Enron. The trust of many in a system that has been the most spectacular generator of innovation in history was damaged by the unbridled greed of a few.

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Does a Personal Brand Matter?

Leading Strategies

Whether it’s getting a better job in a tough market or gaining a promotion or developing a new, innovative program so your organization does better financially, the results always follow the person who will intentionally and carefully build a consistent personal brand that generates trust.

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A Merging of Minds: Finance and Sales Collaboration for Increased Profitability

The Kini Group

The VP of Sales shares his or her team’s quota goals for the next year; the CFO shares his or her profitability goals. There’s no reward without a little risk, and the innovative (and slightly maverick) attitude of the sales team is the perfect catalyst.

How to Create Your Ideal? (Part 2 of 2)

Leading Strategies

Mike is a retired military officer, fighter pilot, former CFO, and holds a M.B.A. Leading Strategies Blog Periodic thoughts on leadership, excellence, and great culture Skip to content Home ← How to Create Your Ideal (Part 1 of 2) Does a Personal Brand Matter?

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Focused Creativity

Leading Strategies

This creates tension: stability versus adaptability, status quo versus innovation. Mike is a retired military officer, fighter pilot, former CFO, and holds a M.B.A.

The Disconnected Leader | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

If your CFO handles all communications with your banking relationships, and your Chief Investment Officer handles all of your investor relations, you’re flat out missing the boat.

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January 2017 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

In this post, Virtual CFO Jon Verbeck helps readers get back to basics—explaining that we’re in business to make a profit (which can help us do good things). Welcome to the January 2017 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival!

Leadership and Product Management

Lead on Purpose

Smart product managers know the value of having allies in the CFO’s office.

You Can't Argue With Crazy | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

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The Performance Review

Leading Strategies

As a former CFO, I remember being routinely surprised at things I would uncover simply by talking regularly with my team members.

How to Create Your Ideal? (Part 1 of 2)

Leading Strategies

Mike is a retired military officer, fighter pilot, former CFO, and holds a M.B.A. Leading Strategies Blog Periodic thoughts on leadership, excellence, and great culture Skip to content Home ← What is Your Word Worth?

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What is Your Word Worth?

Leading Strategies

Mike is a retired military officer, fighter pilot, former CFO, and holds a M.B.A. Leading Strategies Blog Periodic thoughts on leadership, excellence, and great culture Skip to content Home ← Excellence How to Create Your Ideal (Part 1 of 2) → What is Your Word Worth?

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Reach Higher

Leading Strategies

Mike is a retired military officer, fighter pilot, former CFO, and holds a M.B.A.

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How to Benefit From Your Natural Creativity

Leading Strategies

Mike is a retired military officer, fighter pilot, former CFO, and holds a M.B.A.

The Importance of Trust

Leading Strategies

Mike is a retired military officer, fighter pilot, former CFO, and holds a M.B.A.

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Excellence

Leading Strategies

Mike is a retired military officer, fighter pilot, former CFO, and holds a M.B.A. Leading Strategies Blog Periodic thoughts on leadership, excellence, and great culture Skip to content Home ← The Importance of Trust What is Your Word Worth?

No Better Time

Aspire-CS

What shared interests can you learn about that you can combine to catalyze innovation for your organization? The CFO owns a couple. Home Who We Are What We Do Services Contact My Favorite Blogs All Things Workplace Bob Sutton – Work Matters Brain Leaders and Learners Bret L.

R&D Won’t Succeed If It Ignores the CEO’s Vision

Harvard Business Review

After a morning innovation workshop at the bucolic R&D campus of a top-tier but tradition-rich technology giant, the lunchtime conversation with the Lab’s leadership turned strategic. How should they better prioritize innovation? How do you innovate to make it more reliable?”

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How Top Pricing Managers Drive Profits: 6 Skills to Success

The Kini Group

As the number of pricing analysts grows, so does the need for innovative, capable, and confident pricing managers. Pricing managers must also provide support to their immediate superiors, often the CFO. According to IBM , we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day.

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IT and matrixed organizations

Crossderry Blog

In other words, there are always risks in CIO reporting relationships — e.g., to the CEO can mean that IT gets too detached from day-to-day execution, to the CFO can mean too much emphasis on cost cutting, etc. More interesting read on a tangential topic from the LinkedIn CIOs.com Network – Should the CIO report to the CFO or CEO and why?

Four Essential Strategies for Effective Communication (Part 2 of 2)

Leading Strategies

When I was a CFO several years ago, I would tell my staff that our most important commodity was credibility.