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Ocean’s Eleven & Shared Leadership – Paradox and Possibility?


“No more heroes anymore . . . “

This week I read a Forbes article on the intriguing topic of “shared leadership”. There is a link to the article at the end of this note.

The process of turning an idea into reality requires more than vision.… Read More

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Addressing Cyber Risk and SOX Confusion . . .


“Been dazed and confused for so long, it’s not true”

In a week where we had 560 financial control, ITGC, audit and information security experts gather for our webcast on the “perfect storm for ICFR”, this is a timely adjunct to that discussion.… Read More

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How Do You Avoid “Digitization Disappointment”?


“Castles made of sand, fall in the sea, eventually . . . “

When was the last time you fell into the “Trough of Disillusionment”?

It’s a long drop from the “peak of inflated expectations”.

The technology analyst Gartner Group coined these terms in their now infamous “Hype Cycle” representation of technology adoption.… Read More

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How Does Control Improve Speed and Business Performance?


“I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396 . . . “

“Why do cars have brakes?”

“To help them go faster!”

At first sight, I agree, it’s counter-intuitive. But I have it on good authority that Formula One races are won or lost at the corners, where the brakes together with the skill of the driver combine to help the leader get ahead.… Read More

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The Art of Pareto – Transformation, Quick Wins & Governance


 “Still don’t know what I was waiting for . . . “

We are creatures of habit.

Basing all our plans, decisions and actions on “received wisdom” is an example of that.

Daniel Kahneman hit the nail on the head in his inspiring work on human rationality and irrationality, “Thinking, Fast and Slow”.… Read More

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“Burning Down The House”


“Watch out, you might get what you’re after” . . .

Last week saw a great virtual audience and speakers at Global Shared Services Leaders’ Summit 2021 courtesy of Susie, Sally, Sarah, Josh and the team at SharedServicesLink. You can get access to all the presentations at the link below..… Read More

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How Humour Drives Agility & Innovation


Smile like you mean it . . .

 

Looking to help fuel my own thought processes, I made a New Year’s resolution to watch a new TED Talk once a week. I am practicing tenacity, but not always succeeding . .

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Have we “Nailed It or Failed It” with Internal Controls over Financial Reporting?


A change is gonna come . . . 

This week, I was joined by Robin Ashby, Audit Director and Head of Internal Controls at Qurate Retail Group, the $10bn company behind QVC and the Third Way to Shop®.

It seems we are still approaching risks and controls without sufficient recognition of the impact of the seismic changes underway, in M&A, “socially distanced” and “touchless” tasks, new IT application landscapes, global end-to-end processes and business governance itself.… Read More

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Amid the Noise, 3 Big Transformation Challenges Emerge


Talking ’bout a revolution . . .

Digital transformation remains a top priority for business leaders.

Whether we aspire to digitally enabled products, integrated global processes, enhanced employee experiences, greater customer and supplier engagement, better data driven decision making or AI-enabled operating improvements, “transformation” is the name of the game.… Read More

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Dunning Kruger – Confidence is nothing to do with Competence!


Getting Good At What We Don’t Know! 

70% of Digital Transformation initiatives fail to deliver on their business case!

It is worth pausing for though on why that might be.

I think it is largely related to the “Dunning Kruger” effect.… Read More

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