The Refresher: Net Present Value

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A Refresher on Net Present Value

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A Refresher on Net Present Value

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What We Get Wrong About Authenticity In Leadership

Tanveer Naseer

Unfortunately, talk of authenticity in leadership often gives rise to the notion that leaders simply need to be ‘the real you’ The truth, though, is that when it comes to leadership, authenticity isn’t about being the “real me”, but being true to our purpose and values that drive us [ Share on Twitter ]. Of course, when it comes to core values in leadership, not surprisingly the values that come up are integrity, trust, and respect.

10 Reasons Why Every Manager Should take a Finance Course

Great Leadership By Dan

Caution: when employees feel like owners, no more wasting money on expensive furniture, management boondoggles, or projects with a poor net present value. 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. It was 3.5

What is Great Leadership?

Great Leadership By Dan

Will upper management (Boomers/X’ers) see the value in including the Millennials is the long range planning process? These same companies tends to use label like hi potential, key to retain, top talent and other terms which on the surface, motivates those given the titles while others who are equally as important to the organization are left to ponder their value.

Leadership Is About Alignment

Tanveer Naseer

In fact, leaders leave companies when their personal values clash with the corporate values. It was misaligned values caused Bob Funk, to leave the company where he had worked for the last seventeen years. “I The new owner’s values clashed so much with Bob’s he had no viable choice but to leave and start his own company, Express Employment Professionals. When you do something that is against your values, you are out of internal alignment.

July's Leadership Carnival

Michael Lee Stallard

Wally Bock presents Once Upon a Time posted at Three Star Leadership Blog. Miki Saxon presents How to Improve Your Management Skill at MAPping Company Success. Managers can’t let fear rule their decision making – Sharlyn Lauby presents Handling Workplace Retaliation posted at HR Bartender. Mary Jo Asmus presents 7 Ways to Enjoy Others at Work posted at Aspire-CS. Steve Roesler presents Want to Influence?

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4 Assumptions About Risk You Shouldn’t Be Making

Harvard Business

Most readers assume Frost’s poem is hopeful, describing the value of the rugged individualism that has long served as an American hallmark. Most executives know that the present value of an investment comes from projecting its cash flows and discounting those numbers into today’s dollars. The general rule is projects with positive net present values should get funded, and those with negative ones shouldn’t.

How to Quantify Sustainability’s Impact on Your Bottom Line

Harvard Business

We found that sustainable and deforestation-free practices created significant financial benefits for all players in the industry’s value chain. Specifically, our analysis found that the net benefits to ranchers ranged from $18 million to $34 million (12% to 23% of revenues) in net present value projected over 10 years. These values can be estimated credibly and cost-effectively, and we set about applying them to the Brazilian beef sector.

Why Some Digital Companies Should Delay Profitability for as Long as They Can

Harvard Business

If our oceans suddenly turned to chocolate, the incremental value of that volume would plummet — we’d truly have more chocolate than we really needed. That ecosystem investment reinforces the value proposition and drives more developer adoption. As long as there are strong increasing returns to create , it’s possible that the net present value of my profit harvesting is indefinitely larger if deferred to the future. The Refresher: Net Present Value.

Why We Need to Update Financial Reporting for the Digital Era

Harvard Business

In our recent HBR article , we argued that financial statements fail to capture the value created by modern digital companies. and (ii) how can digital firms improve their financial reports to communicate sources of value creation in their businesses? Business students have traditionally considered net present value, payback period, and hurdle rates as necessary tools to determine which project to select. Martin Konopka/EyeEm/Getty Images.

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How to Improve Your Finance Skills (Even If You Hate Numbers)

Harvard Business

But having a grasp of terms like EBITDA and net present value are important no matter where you sit on the org chart. The Refresher: Net Present Value. “Think of yourself as a miniature profit and loss statement: How do you add value?” “Suddenly I needed to know things like EBITDA and how enterprise value was determined,” he says. If you’re not a numbers person, finance is daunting.

What If Investors Who Held Their Shares Longer Got More Voting Power?

Harvard Business

” Laying out their data, they find that long-term oriented companies create more financial value and more jobs. The Refresher: Net Present Value. The fundamental difference in value to the company notwithstanding, those equity dollars invested are given exactly the same rights. Joe Bower and Lynn Paine “had me at hello” (to quote Jerry Maguire ) with their new HBR article, “ The Error at the Heart of Corporate Leadership.”

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A Refresher on Internal Rate of Return

Harvard Business Review

There are a variety of methods you can use to calculate ROI — net present value , payback, breakeven — and internal rate of return , or IRR. According to Knight, it’s commonly used by financial analysts in conjunction with net present value, or NPV. With NPV you assume a particular discount rate for your company, then calculate the present value of the investment ( more here on NPV ). A Refresher on Net Present Value.

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How Corporate Values Get Hijacked and Misused

Harvard Business

Leaders know company value statements often become nothing more than cosmetic window dressing. They reflexively grasp for the culture lever, assuming the act of crafting and publishing a set of values actually has the power to do something. People want their company’s values to be sacrosanct. The painful result of widespread misuse of company values, according to one major study , is that only 23% of U.S. Without accountability, values become a weapon to punish.

Which MBAs Make More: Consultants or Small-Business Owners?

Harvard Business

The value of that carried interest, of course, depends on the performance of the business, its size, amount of debt used to finance the acquisition and the eventual pricing of a subsequent sale. HBR STAFF. Compensation is, of course, more than money. It includes other aspects such as: how much you enjoy your career, whether it provides fulfillment, how much flexibility you get and how much influence you have over what you do and when you do it.

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Hospital Budget Systems Are Holding Back Innovation

Harvard Business

The IPU is an essential component of the value-based care model advocated by Harvard Business School’s Michael Porter. Despite a one-year payback period and a highly positive net present value (NPV) from this investment, the department will often reject the attractive opportunity. Gillian Blease/Getty Images. Nearly 800 digital health startups were funded in 2017, an all-time high. Each of the new companies offers the hope of transforming the performance of the U.S.

The Most Common Reasons Customer Experience Programs Fail

Harvard Business

Often, these results are accepted at face value. Customer Lifetime Value : This is the net present value of all future customer revenues with account for attrition and your discount rate. Multi-million dollar budgets aren’t necessary to create or capture value. Let them demonstrate value to earn more resources. The goal is to create experiences that add value to the customer and the firm simultaneously, and this requires constant change.

Reclaiming the Idea of Shareholder Value

Harvard Business

Investors and others ask why companies binge on buybacks while skimping on value-creating investment opportunities. The first believes the company’s goal is to maximize shareholder value. The problem with the term “maximize shareholder value” is that it has been hijacked by those who incorrectly believe that the goal is to maximize short-term earnings to boost today’s stock price. Corporate governance issues are constantly in the headlines.

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A Blueprint for Digital Companies’ Financial Reporting

Harvard Business

This example illustrates that investors consider information beyond just earnings as value-relevant. In a recent HBR article , we claimed that modern digital companies such as Uber, Facebook, and Alphabet play an increasingly important role in the economy, but their financial statements fail to capture company’s main value drivers. The second item in a firms’ financial disclosures should be a detailed statement of outlays, presented in three broad categories.

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Stop Focusing on Profitability and Go for Growth

Harvard Business

Today, the average cost of equity capital sits at close to half that: just 8% for the roughly 1600 companies comprising the Value Line Index. The ready access to low-cost capital should change the way business leaders think about strategy, and in particular the relative value of improving profit margins versus accelerating growth. But when capital costs are low, the time value of money is low. The Refresher: Net Present Value.

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How Valuable Are Your Customers?

Harvard Business Review

Many companies use a calculation called customer lifetime value (CLV) to determine how much a customer is worth in comparison with others. At its core, CLV is the present value of all future streams of profits that an individual customer generates over the life of his or her business with the firm. The discount rate in the CLV equation calculates the present value of that future revenue and is tied to the current cost of money.

How Marketers Can Avoid Big Data Blind Spots

Harvard Business Review

That’s because marketing has a big opportunity to drive above-market growth and demonstrate its value to the C-suite and the boardroom. That kind of value can turn plenty of heads in the C-suite. Without ongoing investment in the brand, the value of this base erodes over time and creates a stiff head wind for future sales. These estimates can then help determine the Net Present Value (NPV) of the long term effect of marketing in terms of future sales.

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Match Your Innovation Process to the Results You Want

Harvard Business Review

When forced to present familiar metrics for truly out-of-the-box "beginning" ideas, work teams develop what our friend Jay Paap calls "Imaginary Numbers." We have a biotech client whose executive leadership team, starting with the CEO, demanded net present value estimates for fledgling, "beginning" ideas.and they wondered why they weren't launching any game-changing innovations. They must also be willing to see value in absurdity.

Only the CEO Can Make the Big Bets

Harvard Business Review

In the late 1990s, we presented the Gretzky metaphor to a division of a large, global bank. And using net-present-value estimates for "beginning" ideas is nuts. This blog was written with Jay Terwilliger and Mark Sebell, managing partners at Creative Realities , a Boston-based innovation management collaborative. You have probably heard the Wayne Gretzky quote about skating to where the puck will be a hundred times at least.

Debt and the Future of the U.S.

Harvard Business Review

Consider, for example, that the estimated net present value of obligations under the Social Security system is approximately $8 trillion. The total value of explicit loan guarantees is well over $10 trillion. From where I sit as an economist, it's still all about the economy and the long-term impact of the problems laid bare by the Great Recession. During the financial crisis, the world came to the apparently shocking realization that debt financing entails risks.

Why You Should Crowd-Source Your Toughest Investment Decisions

Harvard Business Review

Most companies – including the movie studios in Hollywood – over-rely on basic tools like discounted cash flow and net present value. How P&G Presents Data to Decision Makers. Only three or four out of every ten movies made in America breaks even or earns a profit. Yet the decision to green-light a project is usually based solely on “expert opinions” — in other words, executives’ intuition supplemented by standard regression analysis. There’s got to be a better way.

The Secrets to Building a Lucky Network

Harvard Business Review

After all, if he were on a desert island without a capital market, the value of his skill goes nearly to zero. The net present value and strategic fit of a given relationship or initial introduction in one's Lucky Network might be foggy at best, but unintended benefits often manifest for those who embrace relationships with openness. There are no guarantees to entrepreneurial success.

The Most Common Mistake People Make In Calculating ROI

Harvard Business Review

You can use one or more of four ROI calculation methods: payback, net present value , internal rate of return, and profitability index. You have to account for the time value of money. Your company is ready to make a big purchase — a fleet of cars, a piece of manufacturing equipment, a new computer system. But before anyone writes a check, you need to calculate the return on investment (ROI) by comparing the expected benefits with the costs.

A Simple Ritual for Harried Managers (and Popes)

Harvard Business Review

The Jesuit Constitutions didn't equip me to do present value calculations. Call to mind some crucial personal objective, or your deepest sense of purpose, or the values you stand for. Those who are spiritually inclined might also reflect on how God (or a higher power) was present in the people and challenges you encountered over the last few hours. Pope Francis and I have something common. He was a Jesuit seminarian; so was I.

How to Choose the Ideas Your Company Should Invest In

Harvard Business Review

Note what isn't part of the decision: an idea's net present value or return on investment. My last post described how Innosight follows a three-stage process to evaluate investment proposals from outside entrepreneurs. But deciding how to invest in ideas at a corporation is a different beast. In The Innovator's Guide to Growth we suggested that companies should create one-page "Idea Resumes" that capture the essence of an idea on a single PowerPoint slide.

Don’t Let Your Company Get Trapped by Success

Harvard Business Review

This can be quantified by analyzing the extent to which the share prices of S&P 500 firms are driven by a firm’s present value of future growth options (PVGO) rather than cash flow from current operations. This overall decline represents an enormous loss in future option value. Investors now value the future growth options of these firms relatively less—by a staggering $1 trillion. It’s harder to stay on top than to get there.

Beware of Short-term Management, Not the Short-term Investor

Harvard Business Review

The short-term investor does not reduce the firm's long-term competitiveness and value;short-term management does. Moreover, I fail to see any argument why such short-term traders, by themselves, destroy value for the economy as a whole. Indirectly though, these short-term traders can destroy value. A firm's long-term value should correspond to the present value of future expected cash flows.

Why Quants Should Manage Your Supply Chain Risk

Harvard Business Review

Let's start by defining what we mean by risk, which is simply the possibility of more than one outcome (of unequal values) to a given future state. The possibility of more than one future outcome can very easily generate a cost in the present. Because the fact that value is not guaranteed in the future lessens value in the present. This reduction in value is present and represents a cost today , not tomorrow.

Warren Buffett's 2010 Shareholder Letter: What to Expect

Harvard Business Review

Establish "an unbending standard of performance" : Since 1965, Buffett has annually compared Berkshire's compounded growth in book value per share to the growth in the S&P 500 (plus dividends). But why compare apples (book value) to oranges (share price and dividends)? Buffett explains that book value is the best proxy for "intrinsic value," the net present value of all estimated future cash flows. billion more than their total tangible book value.

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Still Many Ways to Skin a Capital Cost

Harvard Business Review

To make sure they're comparing apples to apples, they discount those future cash flows to arrive at their net present value. Estimating the rate at which to discount the cash flows — the cost of equity capital — is an integral part of the exercise, and the choice of rate has a significant effect on estimates of a project's or a company's value.

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Rethinking Valuation So You Don't Miss a Good Deal

Harvard Business Review

The other is a process called Opportunity Engineering (OE) that instills a different way to look at value. To define the full value of acquisitions analyze the target's assets and assign them across the Three Horizons of the acquirer to understand how they add value. Since the Three Horizons represent different levels of uncertainty, they need to be managed and valued differently. We call this the Opportunity Value (OV) of an asset.

When It Pays to Think Like a Finance Manager

Harvard Business Review

Do you think they’re going to do a net present value (NPV) analysis that shows they don’t need that computer? If you want approval for a new project — purchasing new equipment or computer systems, applying for a patent, building a new store — chances are you need your company’s finance department on board. To get the green light, it helps to understand how finance people think.

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Why Is an App Worth as Much as a Small Oil Field?

Harvard Business Review

While on the surface, the dirty business of fossil fuels is nothing like Silicon Valley, many in the oil business have moved beyond the standard net present value (NPV) model for assessing the merit of investments. If you’re evaluating the rights to new shale oil reserves in a place like North Dakota, today you’d rely instead on a different economic model: option value. But Facebook has also bought itself time to figure out how to extract value from that audience.

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An Unexpected Lesson from Mandela: Why Context Matters

Harvard Business Review

I made what I thought was a brilliant presentation to senior bureaucrats and technologists. These were engineers and network planners; surely, they understood economics and net present value analysis. Yes, I was there at a true inflection point, armed with the finest analysis possible, elaborate layers of spreadsheets, and well-crafted presentations.

What Xerox PARC Learned About Executing on Open Innovation

Harvard Business Review

However, we learned the difficult lesson that unless we could clearly articulate the maturity level and value proposition for a new technology within the context of our partners' other choices, there was little or no value in the technology — regardless of how much money we had invested in it. It's hard to value an idea without understanding just how much time and money it will take to implement it. Net Present Value ).

Forget About That Cash Bonus

Harvard Business Review

While many might see this sort of gift giving as a sign of the boss's kindness and generosity, economists mostly see inefficiency : why can't Columbia just pay me a cash bonus rather than offering presents that collect dust? In some versions of the experiment, a price tag was left on and catalogers were informed of the present's value, to ensure that the employees didn't overestimate it.)