Category: Strategy Management

Rethinking Growth Through the Pandemic and Beyond

Whether you are looking at it from an individual, social or economic point of view, there is no doubt this calendar year 2020 is an aberration. As we partied and celebrated into the New Year with our loved ones, families, friends, work and business colleagues, the ambience was positive. Fast forward a couple of months […]

Innovation in the Finance Function

Compared to other organizational functions such as Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain, the Finance function is often lagging behind when it comes to embracing innovation. In today’s era of disruption and rapid technological advancement, the only way CFOs and Finance teams can ensure sustained relevance and create value across the enterprise is through innovation and […]

Transforming Your Business in Times of Continuous Change

In times of continuous change, there are both winners and losers. Some company’s grow to become high performing, innovative and competitive enterprises while others develop into fighters, fighting for survival on a daily basis. Today’s business environment is constantly evolving, with many factors both internal and external to the organization affecting the achievement of its […]

Talking about Digital Transformation

These days I’m hearing quite a number of business leaders talk about digitization, going digital or digital transformation. Regardless of which term you’re most comfortable with, it’s a good sign that leaders are seriously considering taking advantage of the power of modern technologies to transform their businesses. An investment in IT is no longer considered […]

The Basics of Strategic Planning and Strategy Execution

Effective strategic planning and strategy execution are key to driving business success and growth. Unfortunately, leaders tend to focus more on the planning process and less on doing or executing. Strategic planning is the process of articulating the vision of what the organization wants to be, defining its strategy, setting strategic initiatives, making decisions on […]

Risk-Based Decision Making

Risk is an inherent element of the business. Given that every business activity or decision has a risk consequence, a business should not expect to operate and progress by making risk an afterthought. Technological advances, evolving customer expectations, volatile markets, global political instabilities, shifting demographics and natural disasters are impacting business models and forcing organizations […]

CFOs Beware: Don’t Get Caught Up In the Hype of New Technologies

In one of my articles, Finance Transformation: From Efficiency to Effectiveness, I recommended CFOs to first identify a business problem before investing in a new shiny piece of technology.  Today, there is so much talk about digital transformation and the immense potential of new technologies to drive business performance. With a plethora of tools available on the […]

Finance Transformation: From Efficiency to Effectiveness

Transforming finance into an effective function capable of helping business teams execute strategy more effectively, make informed risk decisions and drive business performance isn’t just about new technology, shared services centres and centres of excellence. As much as anything else, it is about changing old habits and behaviours. Redefining the role of finance in the […]

CFOs and Strategic Decision Making

These days there is an increasing number of articles, reports, podcasts, vblogs, eBooks etc. being churned out on the evolving role of the CFO. Though these publications and postings are worded differently, they all share one common message – Today’s and future CFO should be less of a number cruncher and more of a strategic […]

A Practical Approach to Using Artificial Intelligence for CFOs – Part IV

Part IV Getting After It: Take the Next Step and Make Your Investment in AI If you haven’t had a chance to read Part I – Leveraging AI in the CFO Suite, Part II – The Benefits of AI and What You Will Need to Make It a Success and Part III Where to Invest in AI, How to […]

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