One of my favorite CFOs is Bruce Reed of PracticeLink, the number 1 physician job board globally. Like me, Bruce reads widely and is a deep thinker. He’s also good at making the abstract tangible. But he also knows when it’s time to close the book and take action.[Read more…] about This Lacrosse-playing CFO Learned by Doing
I write on the Quora platform in order to become a better writer. The jury is still out as to whether my experiment is working. One post resulted in more than 10 thousand eyeballs viewing my answer to the question about the difference between intensive (deep) and extensive reading.[Read more…] about Intensive and Extensive Reading
I’m hooked on books. When I’m alone, I’m reading. When I’m driving, I’m listening to a book. On weekends while I’m working outdoors, I’m also listening to a book. While I’m waiting in line while buying family groceries, I’ll be reading from my phone. Yet, there are many great books I have not started.[Read more…] about Ready for the Great Books You Haven’t Started?
I’ve long been a fan of Guy Kawasaki, and I’ve lost count how many times I’ve recommended his 10-20-30 speaking rule for those about to give presentations. By a long shot, The Art of The Start is my favorite Kawasaki book. I also like his memoir, Wise Guy which came out in 2019.[Read more…] about Guy Kawasaki’s Top 10 Book List
Jerry Mills of B2B CFO® once told me on being interviewed, “Mark, I always ask the reporter what can I do to make them look good.” As a guy who used to be on the other side of the mic, that’s excellent advice. Looking for more sage advice when it comes to being interviewed?[Read more…] about A Broadcaster Teaches How to Get Free Publicity
I guess I have a pea-sized brain. While working for KPMG, first-year accountants (aka grunts) were inundated with internal controls training (alums, remember SEADOC?). But I just didn’t get it. How did/do accountants learn how to steal? If only I had these two books at my fingertips nearly 30 years earlier.[Read more…] about Best Books about Accounting Fraud
I generally cannot go anywhere without someone asking me what I’m reading. Or, I’m getting peppered with questions on what they should be reading or listening to. Accordingly, the list below might give you some reading and listening ideas for the months ahead.[Read more…] about Revisiting the May 2019 Reading List
Can you believe summer is here? That means travel plans, balancing family commitments with work requirements, and still maintaining an edge at the office. And how about the books you read? Will it be fiction? A bit of history, or possibly a memoir? If the answer is ‘no’ to all, here are some ideas.[Read more…] about Have You Planned Your Summer Reading?
Quick, who is your favorite interviewer? What do you like about them? Is it Mike Wallace? Larry King? How about Barbara Walters? Perhaps you are a fan of Mixergy’s Andrew Warner? FP&A professionals will never reach the pinnacle of success these interviewers have achieved, or can they?[Read more…] about Can FP&A Pros Improve their Interviewing Skills?
If you think I’m going to tell you that you should be reading more, I will not. That’s a discipline you have to create for yourself. Can you learn without reading? Yes, but you are putting yourself at a disadvantage. If you are not a reader, hopefully, my reading list will inspire, maybe.[Read more…] about Revisiting the April 2019 Reading List