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. How interesting is it to start your own business? Many people say they wish to own their own businesses.

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

N2Growth Blog

As startups grow, leaders build and mature a HR/People strategy that is informed by and aligned with the overall business strategy. Maybe your CFO is a family friend. As your company matures that person might not have the needed skill set to take the company to the next level.

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Let’s Stop Pushing “Development” as a Cheap Replacement for Training

Great Leadership By Dan

The company was harvesting its mature and declining business in order to pump cash into its growth bets. A new CFO came on board and decided that training was a luxury that could no longer be afforded. A slightly abbreviated version of this post was recently published in Smartblog on Leadership : True confession time. I once worked for a large, global conglomerate that was in a death spiral and struggling to turn things around.

How to Get on the Shortlist for the C-Suite

Harvard Business Review

One CFO I know managed finance for a spin-off firm when it went public and then returned to the parent company in a corporate position. Another CFO led finance for multiple units so he could gain a breadth of knowledge across the business before becoming the corporate CFO. Another fixer, a banking CFO, upped her organization’s analytics capability at a time when it was losing customers to online competitors.

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Uber Is Finally Realizing HR Isn’t Just for Recruiting

Harvard Business Review

Employees and other constituents should expect HR to hold leaders accountable for fiduciary and strategic risks, just as a CFO would be expected to hold leaders accountable for a risky pattern of using corporate funds or resources. Such an employee base and financial resources are sufficient to justify a well-supported and mature HR organization that provides checks and balances to guard against bad behavior.

Why New Leaders Should Be Wary of Quick Wins

Harvard Business Review

No matter how sophisticated and mature the new leader may be, rushing too quickly toward early wins can deprive the new leader of the insight needed to understand the culture and build relationships. Instead, he was told that the CEO would stay until the CFO developed the capabilities to succeed him, and Greg would be allowed to resign. HBR Staff/Clare Jackson/EyeEm/Getty Images.

A Simple Way to Map Out Your Career Ambitions

Harvard Business Review

If you want to be a chief financial officer (CFO), identify five CFOs who you admire or who are well regarded in your industry. franckreporter/Getty Images. It’s easy to be confused about how to grow in your career.

Uniting the Religions of Process Improvement

Harvard Business Review

People who have earned these belts drive projects with clear financial targets set at the top organization, with progress monitored by the CFO. Business Reengineering's high priest said core process owners, process maturity, and performance measures are what count. He also advised them to continually assess their processes against a model of process maturity — PEMM for short — which he unveiled in an HBR article.