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The 6 CFO Priorities – Survey Results


APQC recently conducted an annual survey of CFOs and finance leaders to explore the focus areas, initiatives, and challenges we are all facing in 2022.

We all hoped for a return to “normality” after the past two years, but rising

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“Influence vs Control” – The Critical Leadership Skill in Transformation & Change


The “command and control” strategy might have worked for the Roman legions but it doesn’t work in today’s world . . .

We have choices. We want to serve a higher purpose.

Often, sometimes unwittingly, we will sabotage plans that

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“Key Business Questions” (KBQs) on Data – CFO Survey Results


There are many surveys and white papers on how to manage and exploit data to drive our business forward in the 21st century.

In my opinion, most are either “motherhood and apple pie” or technical dissertations about various mechanics …

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Benchmarking GBS & Shared Services Performance


I read an interesting article on this topic in CFO.com and a related set of detailed GBS / SSC benchmarks. You can access them at the links below.

But first, a health warning!

As you will know by now, I …

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The Simplest Lesson from a Nobel Prize Winning “Rock Star”


Don’t worry, I am not going to wax lyrical about theoretical physics.

Sometimes the simplest ideas resonate the most. 

Albert Einstein was a master self-publicist and became one of the world’s first “Rock Stars”.

When he was giving one of …

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The 5 Key Levers for Effective Global Process Ownership


A co-ordinated, end-to-end business process governance model, from design to execution, is widely seen as the critical enabler for successful business change and digital transformation.

The “Global Process Owner” is the “role du jour” in organizations that aspire …

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The Hidden Danger of KPIs and Performance Measures


“What gets measured gets managed – even when it’s pointless to measure and manage it, and even if it harms the purpose of the organisation to do so.”

There. I said it.

It may seem like heresy in a world …

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Amplify The Positive


The purpose of automation to amplify the efficiency and effectiveness of a process.

It can also amplify inherent inefficiencies.

Hence the phrase “Automation makes Bad Worse Faster”

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, but it is hard.

Elimination is the best …

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The Rise and Rise of “Digitization Disappointment”


We are constantly reminded of the pain of legacy technology and manual processes.

This is true.

But there is an even worse fate.

Digitization disappointment.

There is an abundance of technologies claiming to be the ‘silver bullet’ to achieve better business …

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“Beware Data” ?


I Never Thought I Would Utter Those Words . . .

I know.

It is heretical.

Counter-intuitive.

But even the least experienced data scientist is aware of “Data Bias”.

We have all seen it.

The data “analysis” that

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