10 Reasons Why Every Manager Should take a Finance Course

Great Leadership By Dan

We just finished a “ Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager ” program this week for a large client. The audience was mostly engineers – program and project managers, the ones in charge of designing and making complex stuff. Finance and accounting is very sexy! finance leadership business acumen finance and accounting for leaders finance

Leadership Matters

N2Growth Blog

In the text that follows you’ll hear Sam’s views on leadership, the state of the market, and you’ll be introduced to his retirement ambitions and the future challenges for the boardroom, following his return to Perth, Australia. Case Studies Leadership Management

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Is Leadership Development the Answer to Low Employee Engagement? (Yes.)

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This White Paper is excerpted and adapted from Ultra Leadership: Go Beyond Usual and Ordinary to Engage Others and Lead Real Change (Giuliano, Lioncrest, 2016). The problem is leadership on autopilot. In such an underperforming state, without leadership that can drive real change, organizations are trapped in a vicious cycle. The problem is leadership on autopilot. What is expected of leadership today? Rethinking Leadership.

Do you have these 5 leadership traits?

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Ron Schutz : Confidence is my #1 trait for leadership as an entrepreneur. After being trained in problem-solving techniques as an engineer and receiving a commission in the United States Naval Reserve, Schutz pursued his passion for finance and banking by completing his MBA at New York University. leadership traits Ron SchutzThere must be a proper balance of humility and belief in one’s talents.

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Definition of Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In further pondering this dichotomy an interesting thought came to mind – If I could genetically engineer the perfect leadership gene what qualities and characteristics would constitute the architecture of leadership DNA? see “Leadership DNA“) [.]

Leadership and Product Management

Lead on Purpose

Product management — at every level — is a leadership role within the organization. Accounting/Finance: This group is often completely ignored by product management. Leadership – the personal side is next on my list.

How to Reverse-Engineer Criticism

Harvard Business Review

By parallel, managers themselves might similarly benefit from "reverse-engineering" the criticism of not only outsiders but of their own colleagues: considering both parties as their benefactors on the road to greater performance. Indeed, (besides Toyota and BP) if there is any major business out there in need of reverse-engineering the work of its critics so as to restore itself on the path to greatness, it is Walmart.

Top 30 Leadership Blogs 2010 | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

You’re undoubtedly thinking “who died and left Mike Myatt in charge of qualitatively assessing leadership blogs?&# I hope you enjoy the list, and that you’ll add these Top Leadership Blogs to your leadership reading list. You are my leadership daily must read!

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Capital vs. Influence

N2Growth Blog

From my perspective I’d advise clients to give a bit on valuation, or live with more rigid financial engineering to acquire influence (gain access to markets, knowledge, intelligence, connections or superior business savvy). By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth .

How to Get Venture Capital: Secrets of Sand Hill Road

Leading Blog

VCs are trying to determine whether this founder will be able to create a compelling story around the company mission in order to attract great engineers, executives, sales and marketing people, etc. V ENTURE CAPITAL is not right for every business.

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Intern Perspective: Overcoming Adversity

General Leadership

GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! “Man was designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness” Zig Ziegler.

A Shift in Leadership Can Make a Multi-Million Dollar Impact

Strategy Driven

You would think that an Ivy League institution like Cornell University would be a model of the best practices of leadership throughout its organization since Cornell and most universities believe they are growing the next generation of leaders for our country and our world.

2011 ASA Deming Lecture by Roger Hoerl – Need Any Country be Poor?

Deming Institute

The third under appreciated area is the call for statistical leadership. Roger also discusses the idea of statistical engineering and the difference between engineering and science. respect for people video data evidence based management finance health care statistics webcasts

Leaders need to Lead

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Ken Marlin: Leadership is one of those concepts that management gurus like to throw around. A fundamental premise of the Marine Corps approach to leadership is that it is inextricably linked with winning. Leadership also requires that leaders actually lead.

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Peter Berg: Become The Best Version Of Yourself

N2Growth Blog

Working in a demanding career – be it film-making, engineering or finance – requires great concentration of time as well as energy. This concept is what Stew has labeled “ total leadership.” Leadership John BaldoniYou can’t be your best if you don’t make time for yourself!

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Could Your Next CEO Come from Any Department?

Modern Servant Leader

Do you value operations, maintenance, customer service , engineering, information technology , sales , finance, marketing , accounting – all departments, equally? We often hear others say, this is an “engineering run company”, or this is a “sales run company” In these organizations, engineering or sales are typically the grooming grounds for leadership. How do you view each department in your organization?

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Leadership in Marriage: I Now Pronounce You Leader and Co-Leader

Ron Edmondson

In knowing that a marital relationship is not always going to feel like a tropical paradise, I now understand that taking an active leadership role in the relationship is critical to a healthy and successful marriage. MARRIAGE, LIKE LEADERSHIP, IS A DECISION.

No, the Best Science Students Aren’t Becoming Financiers

Harvard Business Review

A lot of people are worried about the career choices of today’s most talented science and engineering students. That said, it’s easy to see where the concerns come from: Finance was the most popular industry among MIT graduates entering the labor market, with 8.4%

Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

My uncle pushes engineering. A career advisor once told me that those who pursue liberal arts majors and enter finance, consulting or technology are not the exceptions. CEO Critical thinking Culture Education Leadership Liberal Arts Management STEAM STEM

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Where Are All The Great Careers? Hiding Right Here.

Rich Gee Group

The average salary for a welding engineer is $48K to $101K. Technical Writing - There is a wide variety of sub-specializations which lean more toward engineering, how-to’s, or investigations. We all know the common and famous careers out there.

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How Bad Leadership Spurs Entrepreneurship

Harvard Business Review

Therefore, bad leadership — or, if you prefer, incompetent management — is a major source of entrepreneurship. Many of these businesses are led by women who would probably not have been considered for the top leadership position by their previous employers.

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How to Build ROPE Teams in Sales Organizations

Leading Blog

Along the way, I learned a great deal about team development and leadership. Our Inside ROPE teams were comprised of colleagues in our company’s marketing, accounting, finance, engineering, support, purchasing, and other functional units. After completing a successful sales campaign, for example, I made sure to inform our executive leadership team about the contributions each of our Inside ROPE team members made to our collective success.

Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

My uncle pushes engineering. A career advisor once told me that those who pursue liberal arts majors and enter finance, consulting or technology are not the exceptions. Culture Education Leadership

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Team Leader / Manager you are NOT a Mind-Reader. Even Mind-Readers are not mind-readers

Mike Cardus

You are team leader on a cross-functional team project that includes; Sue from finance, Jack from engineering, Brian from Quality Assurance, Stephanie from human resources, Terri is the customer representative, Tony from production and Mike (me) is the team coach….

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Entrepreneurs: Do you have a People Strategist?


Since it is about designing behaviour of individuals to achieve business success, this requires an understanding of decision sciences (psychology, sociology, neurosciences, etc) much like a Finance professional needs to know accountancy. Leadership hr human capital human resources

What Do 5 Top Women In Tech Have In Common?

Women on Business

Women entrepreneurs, coders, social networkers and computer engineers alike can find particular pride and inspiration of these 5 women below. is a Harvard graduate that started LearnVest, an online personal-finance resource for young women. Businesswomen Profiles Guest Posts Leadership Technology Alexa Von Tobel Arianna Huffington Rachel Sklar Rachel Sterne Sheryl Sandberg women in techGuest post by Kristen Brophy (learn more about Kristen at the end of this post).

Compliance And Risk Management In Today's Business World

Eric Jacobson

This week, Yarin shared with me insights into compliance and risk management, his forthcoming book, and leadership. finance) so that he or she can investigate and respond to the warning thoroughly and appropriately. Compliance Dave Yarin Fair Warning Leadership Risk Management

Intellect…an Asset or Liability? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Posted on August 20th, 2010 by admin in Leadership , Miscellaneous , Rants , Talent Management By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth My question is this: Is your intellect an asset or liability?

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The Big Picture of Business – Business Success Checklist

Strategy Driven

Provide leadership. Design and re-engineering of products-services. Strategic Plan includes provisions for refinancing, equity and debt financing. Finance charges are negotiated. When you own and operate a business you need to have certain procedures for an efficient and seamless function. Sometimes the difficulty of managing your time makes for a haphazard operation.

Business Model Architecture | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Also, a common response is to confuse a sales engine, fulfillment process, operational process, technology platform, or any number of other areas as business models, where this is not the case.

What’s Your Time Worth? Why Pricing Matters

N2Growth Blog

Pricing impacts everything from strategy and tactics, to finance, to branding, to marketing and sales, to vendor selection and supply chain management, to recruiting and compensation, and to customer satisfaction and loyalty. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

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How Dumb Is Your Business?

N2Growth Blog

When Google started they had the greatest focus, the simplest vision, and the least cluttered search engine.

Stop Selling and Add Value | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Call me crazy, but I don’t want to talk to someone who wants to manage my account, develop my business, or engineer my sale. If you don’t engineer everything around the client, your client relationships will vanish before your very eyes.

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How Twitter’s Leadership Drama Explains its Success

Harvard Business Review

And it’s a far cry, he asserts, from the version that the company and its current leadership have repeated to the press. The path to value typically requires a change in leadership, not because VCs are somehow nefarious, but because they recognize that different stages of a startup require different kinds of leaders. The venture’s finances become more complex, and the CEO needs to depend on finance executives and accountants.

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Entrepreneur, CEO or Both? | N2Growth Blog

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Posted on January 21st, 2011 by admin in Leadership , Miscellaneous , Operations & Strategy By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth Entrepreneur, CEO or Both? Let’s begin by determining what it is that a CEO does…First and foremost it is the CEO’s job to provide consistent leadership by insuring that the corporate values are reflected in a clearly articulated vision which in turn translates into a well defined strategy.

Guidance is Good, Overpriced Shares a Disaster

Harvard Business Review

Baruch Lev teaches accounting and finance at NYU's Stern School of Business. As I show in my book, successful managers, like those engineering the turnarounds at IBM and Deere and Co., Communication Finance LeadershipHe's a man of strong opinions, generally backed up by lots and lots of research. Last year I got to edit his book, Winning Investors Over , and an accompanying HBR article, " How to Win Investors Over."

What It Will Take to Fix HR

Harvard Business Review

Put the most strategic pieces into the hands of up-and-comers passing through the leadership-development revolving door? Those conditions elevated the work of the finance function to the point that, today, the CFO helps to set the course of business, advancing an organization’s growth and improving its competitive position by identifying and resolving key financial constraints. Finance Human resources

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What If Google Had a Hedge Fund?

Harvard Business Review

The world's biggest and fastest search engine can't help but generate terabytes and petabytes of actionable investment intelligence. In fact, Google chief economist Hal Varian (and other economists and forecasters) already use the search engine's data and analytics to predict economic futures. Truly strategic leaderships — and their boards — should treat Brin's "worst idea" as their most provocative thought experiment for revisiting how they recognize and value data.

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Disruptive Business Models | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While much has been written about corporate vision, mission, process, leadership, strategy, branding and a variety of other business practices, it is the engineering of these practices to be disruptive that maximizes opportunities.

When an Activist Hedge Fund Thinks a Company’s Salaries Are Too High, Who’s Right?

Harvard Business Review

The company, founded in 1996 by an engineer from Xerox’s legendary Palo Alto Research Center , Pradeep Sindhu (who remains its chief technology officer and vice chairman), was one of the highest flyers of the fin de siècle tech stock boom. That helps explain why salaries are so high at Juniper — engineers sure aren’t going there for the stock options. attempt to change the leadership and strategic direction of the company. Finance Tech industry Technology

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First Impressions | N2Growth Blog

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While they shouldn’t, the reality is that they most certainly do. As the old saying goes “you only get one chance to make a first impression,&# and often times it is the perception of appearance that determines whether or not you are even afforded the opportunity to get up to bat. The truth is most people when first meeting someone will quickly attempt to size them up. Whether consciously, or unconsciously, they will make quick value judgments in an effort to assess your credibility and flesh out your agenda. In today’s post I’ll examine how managing appearances can have a substantial impact on your personal brand and your success. In a perfect world professionals would only be judged solely on their character, skill sets, competencies, and performance. But alas, we do not live in a perfect world…While appearances shouldn’t matter, the reality is that the car you drive, where you office, the clothes you wear, whether you’re in good physical shape, the vocabulary that flows from your lips, the company you work for, the publicity and PR you put out, whom you choose to associate with, how you appear online (social networking platforms, search engine results, etc.), and any number of other appearance specific issues can add to, or detract from, the strength of your personal brand. I want to be clear that I’m not advocating for form over substance, extreme self-indulgence, narcissism, or masking insecurity by the trappings you surround yourself with. Rather, I am a proponent of paying attention to detail and facing reality. Even the most discerning people make value judgments at the subconscious level as it’s only human nature to use the power of observation in an attempt to validate perception. We want those with whom we work to not only be competent, but there is also an innate desire to have them look the part as well, as those individuals we choose to associate with will often times influence other’s perceptions of us. While I would like to believe that I would be judged solely on the merits of my qualifications, the reality is that I know I’m judged on EVERYTHING my clients see and hear that relates to their perception of my ability. For instance, if I drove-up to your office in a beat-up Honda, wearing old tattered clothes, with a generally disheveled appearance and a very nonchalant attitude, would that first impression color your opinion of my ability? Sure it would…Likewise, if I drove up in a new Bentley, wearing a $3,000 custom tailored suit, sporting a fresh manicure, a GQ hair-cut, and with an attitude of arrogance, wouldn’t that also color your opinion of my ability? If not, it should…The overly slick professional always makes me want to grab my wallet and run… Let me be transparent and use my personal situation as an example. I actually prefer to play to the middle in that I am neither understated nor overstated, but I am comfortable with who I am and my approach to the market. While I will dress in a suit and tie when appropriate, you’re much more likely to find me in jeans and casual sport coat. While I have driven a variety of luxury imports over the years, at this stage of life my Chevy Tahoe seems to fit my lifestyle the best. While I have a few swiss watches, my Timex Ironman is still my favorite. I will always attempt to put my best foot forward, but like me, love me or hate me, I simply won’t feign appearances to win business…what you see is what you get. The advice I give to my clients is to be true to yourself, and authentic in your approach to creating a great first impression. As an example, I don’t really care what someone pays for their clothing or automobile, or even how expensive their office accoutrements are, but I do notice whether or not they are well maintained and appropriate for the given situation. We’ve all witnessed the shallow attempts made by insecure people who are living large in an attempt to impress others, as opposed to creating a lifestyle that is authentic, within their means, and personally satisfying. The bottom line is that your appearance should be one that both you and your clients/customers/stakeholders are comfortable with. You should manage appearances on creating a feeling of comfort and engendering confidence…not on trying to impress. While much is often said about “first impressions,&# this phrase in and of itself implies subsequent impressions are made as well. Professionals must be just as diligent in their management of future appearances and impressions. I am a huge proponent of being consistent and having a high degree of continuity of impressions/appearances. If you happen to be someone who makes a great first impression, but cannot execute and/or deliver up to expectations you are just setting yourself up for failure and your clients will be even more frustrated than if they had never engaged you to begin with. A negative experience is worse for your personal and corporate brand than no experience at all. At the end of the day, it is not about how much you spend or spin, but the authenticity, integrity, and appropriateness of how you manage your appearance that matters. When who you are on the inside is completely congruous with who you portray yourself to be on the outside you’ll find that life will just seem a bit more enjoyable. Disingenuous and insincere positioning may get your foot in the door, but when the door slams into your backside as your engagement or relationship blows-up, don’t say I didn’t warn you… Thoughts? Share and Enjoy: View Comments Gordon R. Clogston Hi, Mike. Once again, you have nailed it. I agree fully that, at least on a subconscious if not conscious level we are constantly judging and being judged. The result of that judging is that biases and expectations are created that may make it much more difficult to communicate our values. I would add that first impressions are not limited to physical meetings and appearance. In today's world our first contact with people is often through social media. What you say and how you say it via the social media apps is just as critical as your physical appearance at the first meeting. Well done, Mike. Keep them coming. [link] theesuite Be comfortable in your own skin and aware of your surroundings – I'm on board with that. [link] mikemyatt Thanks for your comment Gordon. I always appreciate your insights and observations. You also made a great point about understanding the importance of online first impressions. Thanks for stopping by Gordon. [link] mikemyatt As usual, you plucked out a critical concept important for all to get their arms around. Thanks for highlighting that thought in your comment. Best wishes… [link] mikemyatt Hi Alvan and welcome… Based upon your comment we are in complete agreement. Long-term experience will either validate or invalidate first impressions.That said, it's the first impression that buys you the privilege of having the chance to be in the game to begin with. Thanks again for stopping by Alvan. [link] Alvan Grace Hi Mike. First time reader of your blog. Nice post by the way. I believe that first impressions do matter but just in the short time. Other people's perception of you will change as they get to know you better. By and by your true colors will come out no matter how good you try to change yourself. Juan Mike – I loved it when you said – first impression is used to create a feeling of confort and confidence on other person. That is what we want to be able to fit-in among all different cultures by respecting their culture first and then try to create the feeling of confort and confidence So when you leave that person, they feel a terrific experience, that they gained something out the time they invested in you. blog comments powered by Disqus Mike Myatt, Chief Strategy Officer N2growth Author/Moderator Facebook Twitter LinkedIn You Tube Blog Feed Favorite Posts Dont Negotiate.Facilitate Leadership and Opportunity Leadership & Political Correctness How To Make Great Leadership Decisions Buzzwords Arent All Bad Success vs. Significance Your Story Matters Service Above Self Capital vs. Influence Dealing with Tough Times The Lost Art of Brevity The Leadership Vacuum Shut-up & Listen Stop Selling and Add Value Social Media Influence The Influence Factor Ideas Dont Equal Innovation Indispensable? I Think Not. 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Design Matters

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Also worth noting is that there is certainly a difference between value engineering and arbitrary cost containment.

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Caption Contest 2010.4

Chris Brady

Here's your chance to win a free autographed copy of Orrin Woodward and my book Launching a Leadership Revolution by submitting the funniest or wittiest caption. Good Posted by: John Dickinson | April 19, 2010 at 12:56 PM The day construction engineers ran out of forks.

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