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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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Keep Your Sarbanes-Oxley Off My CFO

Harvard Business Review

No, Minow is suggesting that CFO essentially work for the audit committee. As she puts it, when she's evaluating a company, "the most important thing I look for in a CFO is someone who reports directly to the audit committee, because what I want is a CFO who is absolutely clear that his or her job depends on telling the truth to the board.". I don't know of any CFO of a public company who would tell you that the job doesn't already depend on telling the truth to the board.

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How the CFO and General Counsel Can Partner More Effectively

Harvard Business Review

What receives far less attention is that, more and more in our increasingly complex, volatile, and fully-globalized business world, the effectiveness of such action depends on a powerful partnership between the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and the General Counsel (GC).

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Developing The CEO Within You.

Rich Gee Group

Operational – Know how the organization works inside and out. Sit at home and map out your operational chain from start to finish. You’re moving on up.

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An Effective Business Review Meeting?

N2Growth Blog

Another common complaint about Business Review Meetings is that nearly always the time gets hijacked with discussions on day-to-day operating or tactical issues, especially when we have a room full of engineers turned managers; they quickly dive down into trying to fix the problem right then. I had the opportunity to sit with Lewis Booth , former CFO of Ford Motor Company, who along with the senior executive team, led the successful turnaround and global repositioning of Ford.

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

Harvard Business Review

We asked Square''s CFO and Operations Lead, Sarah Friar , for perspectives on this technology, what it means for marketers, and how to manage in the world of mobile innovation.

How to Stop Being “Them” and Start Being “Us”

Next Level Blog

So a senior director in operations might hang out with the company CFO for the day or a VP in IT might sit in with the CEO. It’s a great opportunity for the rising leaders to broaden their perspective and observe what it’s like to operate as a senior executive. A few months ago, I was in conversation with a group of senior director and vice president level leaders in a client company.

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The Essential CHRO Roles Every CEO Must Support

HR Digest

But more CEOs rarely understand the true position of their CHROs, let alone giving them the necessary backup to operate in the required capacity. The HR is supposed to be a true partner to the CEO, just like the CFO. The CEO and CFO should work with the CHRO to establish the causes of misses in relation to the company’s social system such as how people work and not necessarily external factors.

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The 2 Leadership Traits That Will Set You Apart (and Sustain You For The Long Haul)

Terry Starbucker

After all, I had earned it, having just finished a 28 year run as a CPA, cable company VP of Operations, football stadium project manager, VP of Development for another cable company, and finally, a cable company SVP of Operations.

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Even “bad” cultures get some things right

Surviving Leadership

At this meeting, employees heard from the CEO, CHRO, General Counsel, COO, CFO, CMO, and any business leaders spearheading a major initiative. There is a noticeable focus on “culture” lately, whether the topic is recruiting, engagement, development, retention, what have you.

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Southwest Airlines 2011 Results Reflect Benefits of Servant Leadership

Modern Servant Leader

During the financial earnings call, CEO Gary Kelly , CFO Laura Wright and Executive VP Robert (Bob) E. During mergers and acquisitions it is common for companies, especially the acquired, to experience a dip in operational performance.

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.

"I'd Like My Life Back" -- a lesson for CEOs in building an organization that listens to warnings

Great Leadership By Dan

Open lines of communication – Does your company have a hotline that operates 24/7/365 and is staffed by competent individuals who know how to properly intake and triage emergency reports or concerns?

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How Should Leaders Address Challenge Of Low Performers?

Tanveer Naseer

an operational strategy consultancy in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lars Sudmann, former CFO of Procter & Gamble Belgium, TEDx presenter, leadership and board advisor, and executive coach, believes that companies should provide consistent feedback to all of their employees.

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November 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

They write: “Just because the business world has always operated one way doesn’t mean it should keep operating that way. ” CFO Jon Verbeck gives us a major pointer for increasing our profits, and helps leaders understand these important elements of running a department or business. The practice of Centering, explored in this post, can help us pause, reorient and operate, even now, from our best selves.

Morning Advantage: Female Leaders Have Tempers, Too

Harvard Business Review

Sorry, CFOs: CEOs Don't Think You'd Make Good COOs (CFO). While CFOs are increasingly a part of running company operations, a new survey of CEOs indicates that they may not be entirely comfortable with this arrangement. 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.

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

N2Growth Blog

Maybe your CFO is a family friend. And, you operate in a fishbowl. By Thomas Brattle Gannett and Dr. Greg Giuliano. You came up with an awesome idea. Your singular focus has been to make it real. You started a company. You got funding. Maybe you’re looking for Series B or C funding now.

7 Guiding Principles for Developing Leadership Talent

Leading Blog

Your talent assessment/development systems should have as much “rigor and repeatability as systems used for finance and operations.” And you should “review people as thoroughly and regularly as you review operations, business performance, strategy, and budgets.”. Elevate it to the same level as the CFO. People deliver numbers. If you want the numbers, you need the people. As a leader you need to know how to judge raw human talent.

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.

My Best Blogs of 2011

In the CEO Afterlife

There has to be a break from day-to-day operations in the process. For as long as I can remember, the person bonded to the CEO’s hip was the CFO. I began blogging about leadership, strategy, marketing and life last February. Frankly, I wasn’t sure whether I could maintain the pace of one blog per week. But as the year closes, I realize that I’ve posted 54 blogs. My fascination isn’t my productivity; rather, it is the source of the idea.

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5 Reasons CFOs Struggle with Financial Reporting (and How to Overcome the Challenges)

The Kini Group

According to Deloitte’s CFO Signals™ survey , the possibility of new and burdensome regulations is a top concern among financial leaders. After all, transparent two-way communication is a crucial component of a successful auditor-CFO relationship. No one likes financial reporting.

B2B versus B2C Marketing Adjustments

Coaching Tip

Think about the Boeing Engineer evaluating a GE jet engine for a new airplane…a CIO evaluating a new Enterprise Resource Planning System software provider…or a CFO reviewing audit firms. . The B2B Executive Playbook is the first book to address the critical differences between B2B and B2C operations and how those differences can cause companies to fail or flourish. By Guest Author Sean Geehan. One of the biggest differences between B2B and B2C worlds is marketing.

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Introducing 100 Coaches: Pay It Forward Champions

Marshall Goldsmith

a holding company that operates seven distinct business. Operations Group Baring Private Equity. Former Operating Partner at Blackstone, Chief Human Resources Officer for Unilever. Facebook’s first HR hire, she has led global people programs, been an HR Business Partner, and CFO.

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5 Reasons CFOs Struggle with Financial Reporting and Analysis (and How to Overcome the Challenges)

The Kini Group

According to Deloitte’s CFO Signals™ survey , the possibility of new and burdensome regulations is a top concern among financial leaders. After all, transparent two-way communication is a crucial component of a successful auditor-CFO relationship.

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The CFO owns a couple. Mary Jo Asmus A former executive in a Fortune 100 company, I own and operate a leadership solutions firm called Aspire Collaborative Services.

How Industrial Firms Invest in Renewable Energy, Affordably

Harvard Business Review

They had framing conversations with the CEO and CFO early on to discuss any financial or operational challenges. The Texas site alone produces more energy than what Owens Corning uses across its significant Texas operations.

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Shifting Finance from Controlling to Improving

Harvard Business Review

Consider for example CFO Ric Magnuson of Group Health Cooperative , a nonprofit health care system in Seattle with 10,000 employees, who started out as a skeptic on the process improvement activities his company launched in 2008. Getting the CFO on board is key. CFO Tim Olson of ThedaCare , a healthcare system in Wisconsin, went through a similar conversion. CFO Ric Magnuson had a personal coach working with him for seven months. Finance Operations

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Leading in a World of Resource Constraints and Extreme Weather

Harvard Business Review

And as an HBS white paper points out, even some of today’s most mainstream executives — from the CTO to even the CFO — were once just new positions created to deal with “significant opportunities and risks emerging from technological or social disruptions.”

Developing The CEO Within You.

Rich Gee Group

Operational - Know how the organization works inside and out. Sit at home and map out your operational chain from start to finish.

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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.

How Target Is Taking Sustainable Products Mainstream

Harvard Business Review

A new Conference Board study, as CFO magazine reported , reveals some startling growth in greener products at a dozen big companies like Kimberly-Clark, Dow, GE, Siemens, Toshiba, and more. Sustainability Operations Customers Retail & Consumer Goods Article

Three P's of business success

Lead on Purpose

in the 1980s, put it this way: “In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product and profits. Too often we leave the worries and cares about money to the CFO’s office.

A Step-by-Step Plan to Improve CMO-COO Collaboration

Harvard Business Review

If it’s all about the operations then you lose sight of the customer. Rather than measuring marketing KPIs or operations KPIs, focus instead on the more customer-oriented journey KPIs, such as lifetime margin. Customers Customer service Operations management

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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. They also gained important insights about operational excellence from two eye hospital organizations founded by Rotterdam Eye Hospital: the World Association of Eye Hospitals and the European Association of Eye Hospitals.

Why and How to Build an In-House Consulting Team

Harvard Business Review

Today, many high-profile companies— Cisco , Google , IBM , Samsung , Siemens , Disney , Volkswagen and Deutsche Bank , to name a few—contain such roving consulting groups to help solve the most critical strategy and operations problems throughout the business. the CEO’s or CFO’s), but rather serve the needs of our internal project sponsors (usually at the CXO, EVP, and SVP level). Organizational structure Operations Article

The Disconnected Leader | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The harsh reality is that great numbers of leaders continue to operate in a vacuum by sequestering themselves away in the corner office and attempting to lead from afar.

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Case Study: Can an Airline Cut “Turn Times” Without Adding Staff?

Harvard Business Review

” Ken turned to his CFO, expecting a reaction, and got one: “Respectfully, Mari-san, I would be extremely uncomfortable putting a request of that size to management. ” Ken didn’t want to shoot down Mari’s proposal immediately, but he agreed with the CFO.

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

Mills Scofield

In meat plants, tens of thousands of operators are “whizzing” meat products everyday in over sixty countries around the world. Special guest blog post by Don Esch, President of Bettcher Industries of his story at BW-Center For Innovation & Growth 's Innovation Summit.

Ideas Plus Influence

Terry Starbucker

For years, I operated with the belief that all I had to do was come up with the most brilliantly creative and strategically sound solution. He explains, “It becomes increasingly important to have those strategic conversations with your CFO, investor relations teams, government affairs teams, strategy and corporate development teams and all key stakeholders…” It’s particularly important to seek out perspectives from people with informal or emerging power.

In Praise of Face Time

Harvard Business Review

In a similar way, some companies have implemented "daily huddles" and "rounding" as ways to bring everyone together face-to-face to review operations, share information, and solve problems. But according to Marie Segars, who is a senior vice president of McLeod, responsible for the day-to-day operations, there was still something missing: It only got us 95% of the way there. It includes all the administrative VPs, the CFO, chief medical officer, and the chief nursing officer.

You Can't Argue With Crazy | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

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Get Your Workers to Disrupt Their Jobs

Harvard Business Review

In 1992 the company was in cost-cutting mode, and, as former CFO Orry Fiume told me, it was consequently offering an early retirement package designed to reduce headcount. Managing people Operations ProductivityIn my last post , I argued that you should start process innovation by asking front-line workers how to improve their jobs.