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Change, WIIFM, and When There is None . . .


Driving and managing change is a critical but challenging task for all of us.

Niccolò Machiavelli got it right with this quote on Change and Innovation in his 16th century political treatise, The Prince. “There is nothing more difficult

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What is the Driving Force of Creativity & Innovation?


This stopped me in my tracks.

Andersen, Tesla, and Turing all exhibited a well-chronicled, driving force of creativity.

Your organization is “all about” creativity and innovation. We nod our heads in agreement.

But do we really understand the human

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Are “Key Business Questions” the bedrock of Continuous Improvement?


An interesting CFO survey on their experiences in meeting the promise of “data driven decision making” got me thinking.

We are trying to move away from a solely rear view mirror” approach to lagging indicators of past

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Key Source to Pay Process Metrics – What’s Missing?


We are always reminded that “What does not get measured, does not get managed”.

What we are rarely told is “Be careful what you measure, your outcomes might get worse!

Why is that?  

Consider a customer …

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Is Transformation Changing the Role of FP&A?


An article by Sabrinthia Donnelly and an interview with Brian Kalish got me thinking. 

The ‘need for speed’ increased during the pandemic. It shone a blinding light on the deficiencies in processes and technology infrastructures. A lack of …

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ICFR Compliance Strategies for the “Perfect Storm”


Out of the frying plan and into the fire” was a phrase that my mother would use when I was child. Escaping a bad or difficult situation only to find oneself in a much worse one!

This is …

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EQ, “Go Alone” or “Go Together” & the GPO (or BPO)


“If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.”

Richard Shell reprises this old proverb, never more relevant than today, in his brief article below.

This resonated with the much heralded approach …

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When Data Initiatives Fail to Deliver – 5 Reasons


There is considerable research reporting on excessive failure rates of many business initiatives, most recently “digital transformation” and “data projects”.

A recent article by Adrian Mitchell got me back on this track. His article entitled …

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Do You Have a Digital Mindset?


When you ask people, “What does digital mean?” for one individual, it’s about data. For another individual, it’s about the technology. For others, it’s about governance and structure.

The article below got me thinking . . . 

Digital …

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Why Procurement should be a vital focus for CEOs, CxOs . . .


CEOs spend just one percent of their time with suppliers. 

They rarely mention the work of the CPO in shareholder meetings or on earnings calls with analysts.

This should be a surprise since suppliers typically account for half the operating

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