Congratulations, you got the top job. But how will you make your mark? Take these three important steps to create a positive impact as Financial Director. 1. Communicate You’ve risen up through the ranks, not just because of your numerical skills, but because of your way with people. You want your department to know that […]

Cloud/SaaS solutions: What does it actually imply? Will our financial period-close data be secure? Won’t performance decrease? Won’t IT costs spiral? There are a number of “common sense” preconceptions about Cloud/SaaS solutions. Yet, in reality, many of the preconceptions are not just incorrect, they are quite opposite to the truth.  Financial reconciliation software-as-a-service (SaaS) essentially […]

Did you know that the average employee spends about 25% of their time in meetings? And at executive level, that figure rises to a whopping 90%! Employee feedback indicates that about 37% of this meeting time is wasted, costing businesses $37billion a year in wasted working hours – no wonder 90% of finance professionals say […]

Financial Directors or CFOs can often end up playing the part of ringmaster during the month-end close – keeping the whole thing going by whipping the appropriate people into shape. The truth is it is a tough balancing act for Financial Directors, one that they do not master overnight… 1.    Moving faster than the human […]

Email. What a wonderful thing. Being able to instantly communicate has made our work so much more productive… …or has it? Research by the Warwick Business School found that, since 1973, productivity had only risen by 2%. That means that despite all our technological advances we are barely more productive than we were forty years […]