I read some 100-120 books annually, I skim probably a hundred others. I read dozens of whitepapers and journals just to keep my mind sharp during any 12-month period. While FP&A bleeds every beautiful color in my veins, books on the topic generally range from being dull to lifeless. That’s why our team started scoping out FP&A Directors to interview for our podcast. Our first selection included some luck and did not disappoint.[Read more…] about A Global FP&A Director Talks Technology, Methods, and People
When it comes to OKRs thought leaders, only two people come to mind. One of them is not John Doerr although he’s influenced both in their thinking about OKRs. The first is Ben Lamorte who has already been on our podcast. He’s an author and coach of OKRs consultants. The other person is someone who Ben said, “Mark, you need to watch Christina’s Wodtke’s, The Executioner’s Tale.” In this episode, her OKRs roots and her last book, The Team That Managed Itself are the key themes of our discussion with both Christina and Ben.[Read more…] about An OKRs Doubleheader
When you think of iconic and successful CEOs, names like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Howard Schultz, Jack Welch, and Sam Walton probably spring to mind. Can you name a 4-time CEO who orchestrated overwhelming turnarounds at each of his stopping points? I can, and his name is Hunter Harrison. He’s the subject of the book, Railroader: The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-Time CEO Hunter Harrison.[Read more…] about Howard Green Tells the Story of One of the Greatest CEOs Ever
I owe a debt of gratitude to long-time pricing expert, author, speaker, and podcast host, Ron Baker. On the Soul of Enterprise podcast, Ron and his co-host Ed Kless mentioned Matthew Stewart and his book, The Management Myth. I immediately listened to it and then read it (and a few more times since). I require every consultant I coach and mentor to read it.[Read more…] about Have You Been Tripped Up by The Management Myth?
Lora Cecere needs no introduction in the supply chain world. That’s especially true when she has 320,000 followers on LinkedIn, and that list continues to grow. Lora is the founder of the research and analysis firm, Supply Chain Insights which publishes the annual Supply Chains to Admire annual report. We talk about Lora’s supply chain insights, and her book, Supply Chain Metrics That Matter.[Read more…] about A Supply Chain Metrics Deep Dive with Lora Cecere
There are only four 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