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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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.

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?

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.

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.

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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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

Cooperation and Outward Spiraling Success Loops

Mike Cardus

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.

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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?

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.

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?

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Making the Turn: 10 Warning Signs You aren’t Shifting from Founder to Leader

N2Growth Blog

Maybe your CFO is a family friend. He is graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business’s LEAD program in Corporate Innovation. By Thomas Brattle Gannett and Dr. Greg Giuliano. You came up with an awesome idea. Your singular focus has been to make it real.

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.

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!

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.

0508 | Orly Lobel: Full Transcript


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?

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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What Story Does Your Org Chat Tell?


With the PEAK model, leaders can learn just how much they are inclined to seek Perspectives (Innovators), Evaluate information at hand (Judges), take Action (Directors), and increase Knowledge (Professors). By: Gary Cohen.

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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.

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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You Can't Argue With Crazy | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

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Leadership and Product Management

Lead on Purpose

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

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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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.

No Better Time


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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Three P's of business success

Lead on Purpose

Too often we leave the worries and cares about money to the CFO’s office.

Who’s Better at Strategy: CFOs or CSOs?

Harvard Business Review

The 1990s saw the rise of the strategic CFO, and more recently many companies have created a chief strategy officer (CSO) position. Such friction is destructive — and a huge missed opportunity, because the CFO and the strategy head are far more effective when they collaborate.

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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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The C-Suite Needs a Chief Entrepreneur

Harvard Business Review

What they don’t do well enough is reinvent and innovate. Sure, there are exceptions who are both visionary CEOs and innovators — Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos, for example — but there are very few companies that can stomach that sort of leadership. Innovation Leadership

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Craft a Remarkable Personal Brand Statement! 29 Steps & Examples

Miles Anthony Smith

Graham Keen "Inspirational CEO/CFO turned positive-psychologist resiliently transforming businesses & financial performance." Using my holistic insight and innovative Total Performance Scorecard principles, I promise to help my customers to realize their financial dreams." ​9.

The Worst Failure of All Is Wasting a Failure

Harvard Business Review

a Boston-based innovation management collaborative. We often ask executives to tell us about their biggest innovation failures. The CEO and CFO responded with, "A failure to hit ROI and NPV targets." The head of R&D remembered it as a failure to properly market the innovation. If an innovation initiative failed, ask why. Innovation failureThis blog is co-authored with Jay F. Terwilliger ( and Mark H.

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Get the Corporate Antibodies on Your Side

Harvard Business Review

People often ask me why it's so hard for big companies to be innovative. But that doesn't mean innovation can't happen, even in the biggest, most entrenched firm. We collaborated with our CFO to think through the budget and prize strategy. The Biggest Obstacle to Innovation?

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How Design Thinking Turned One Hospital into a Bright and Comforting Place

Harvard Business Review

In this case, a team of the Rotterdam Eye Hospital’s CEO, CFO, managers, staff, and doctors wanted to understand how their patients felt when they entered the hospital and what could be done to improve their experience. At this point, teams of caregivers at the hospital began designing experiments based on the most promising concepts the Rotterdam Eye Hospital innovation hunters had brought back with them. Innovating for Value in Health Care.

The Market Wants Apple to Unveil a Time Machine

Harvard Business Review

No advertising innovation: The "I'm a Mac/"I'm a PC" campaign ran for three and a half years without a refresh. In 2004, Apple's CFO, Fred Anderson, left the company. Disruptive innovation Innovation Leadership transitionsIf you want a brilliant lesson in focus and discipline, watch Tim Cook right now. Some investors are dissatisfied with Apple.

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Why GE’s Jeff Immelt Lost His Job: Disruption and Activist Investors

Harvard Business Review

Innovation at GE was on a roll. Since then Flannery has replaced Immelt’s vice chairs responsible for innovation. So is John Rice, the head of global operations, along with CFO Jeffrey Bornstein. ” Instead of lean innovation programs, there is a mandate to cut $2 billion in expenses by the end of next year, lift profits, and raise the dividend. Are lean innovation and the startup way a failure in large companies? YASUYOSHI CHIBA/Getty Images.

Two Powerful Ways Managers Can Curb Implicit Biases

Harvard Business Review

And sameness blocks performance and innovation. Diversity, on the other hand, spurs innovation. The company’s CFO asked a crowd of the company’s most accomplished finance leaders to raise their hand if they had attended an Ivy League school.

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How I Learned the Hard Way That Aging Technology Is Expensive

Harvard Business Review

Then the family's CFO, my wife, who also happens to be a CPA, demanded to know their TCO. The CFO's skepticism was proved correct, and I lost all credibility. The machines were given to a friend, who sold them at a garage sale (I couldn't throw them away, because the CFO wouldn't authorize the $50 per machine "green" disposal fee.).

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