There are only three books on performance measurement that I recommend to peers. My favorite is Transforming Performance Measurement by Dean Spitzer. Dean started his performance measurement journey while doing research at IBM. Like many innovators, he first found out what didn’t work. Ultimately, he discovered the four performance measurement success factors.[Read more…] about Transformational Performance Measurement
Steve Cakebread has taken three companies public as a CFO which include Salesforce, Pandora, and the current company he serves, Yext. Steve’s new book (2020) is The IPO Playbook, and you don’t need to be a public company CEO, CFO, or board member to enjoy it. By the way, I don’t think this is Steve’s last book.[Read more…] about Steve Cakebread and The IPO Playbook
COVID-related stories dominated the business headlines in 2020 along with the government’s financial response to ailing businesses in the midst of the pandemic–economic stimulus in the form of PPP loans. Jane Thier, a journalist for the online business publication, CFO Dive, joined us to discuss these stories including some emerging trends that are here to stay.[Read more…] about Revisiting 2020’s Top Business Stories with CFO Dive
If you are going to talk taxes with a CPA, make sure that person is business-centric, quotable, and easy to understand. And that person is Jeff Shore, a partner at BRS CPAs based in Springfield, Missouri. We discussed PPP, the new administration, tax credits, expense classification, capital gains, and basic tax planning and management throughout the year.[Read more…] about Who Said That Taxes Were Boring?
I’m a long-time reader of the blogs at Interworks.com. One of those writers is Dan Murray, their Director of Strategic Innovation. I was fortunate to meet Dan at a Quantrix conference. During this conversation we talk data extraction, ETL strategies, data infrastructure, and Tableau.[Read more…] about From Data Extraction to Business Insights with Dan Murray
I never knew what those three letters strung together meant until I was looking for an inventory planning expert ten years ago. Bob Stahl was the third person I contacted and I was hanging onto every word he was conveying about inventory management. My client agreed, and he was quickly hired as our S&OP expert to take our merchandising planning to a whole new level.[Read more…] about Is S&OP Still Relevant?
Nearly 10 years ago, I stumbled upon a gem of a book I’ve been recommending to CEOs ever since. The title is Jump Start Your Business Brain by Doug Hall. I then read another book of his with a similar title – Jump Start Your Marketing Brain. His new book is Driving Eureka! which came out in 2018. I believe you’ll enjoy his perspective on innovation engineering.[Read more…] about The Science of Innovation
I listen to about 40 audio books a year. That’s because I do a lot of driving and I walk about an hour nightly on my property. During those times, I’m listening to audio books. There’s a downside to listening to non-fiction books. It’s hard to take notes when you hear something you wish to remember.[Read more…] about Do You Read the Books You Have Listened To?
Scott Augenbaum is back for a bonus episode of the CFO Bookshelf Podcast. Scott is a retired special agent from the FBI with expertise in cybersecurity. He’s also the author of The Secret to Cybersecurity: A Simple Plan to Protect Your Family and Business from Cybercrime. In this brief discussion, we get 5 cybersecurity holiday shopping tips.[Read more…] about 5 Cybersecurity Holiday Shopping Tips
In 2020, my email was hacked in the strangest of ways. Yes, it was preventable, but I was lucky. I did not lose any money. I only lost time and my patience with Microsoft who made me feel like a criminal during the 36-plus hours of getting my email restored. Many victims are not so lucky as cybercrime will cost the U.S. more than $5 trillion over the next five years according to Accenture.[Read more…] about Most Cybercrime is Preventable According to Scott Augenbaum