Only four people quickly come to mind when I think about performance improvement and measurement the right way: Donald Wheeler, Stacey Barr, Dean Spitzer, and Mark Graban. I view Mark’s book as the very best companion to Wheeler’s, Understanding Variation. His three core questions strike at the heart of any conversation around a transformational change in the organization.[Read more…] about Measures of Success with Mark Graban
When Jack McCullough asked me to write advanced praise for the front matter of his newest book, The Psychopathic CEO, I was thrilled at the chance to participate. Little did I know how much of an impact this attention-grabbing title would have on me. It’s the book I wish I could have read nearly thirty years ago. The question isn’t if you’ll ever work for a psychopathic leader, it’s when?[Read more…] about The Psychopathic CEO
I’m a self-professed business cynic when it comes to reading management books. From my point of view, they can be extremely long in the tooth on detail, require heavy, up-front design work for the implementation stage, and can be incredibly difficult to execute for messy, and fast-growing businesses. Accordingly, I limit myself to about three such titles annually. One of those was the audio of The Amazon Way by John Rossman. Home run! Then I read it. Grand Slam![Read more…] about What Is The Amazon Way?
CFO Bookshelf’s primary aim is to provide you with great content as a financial or business leader to inspire and support your lifelong learning and growth process so that you can be better prepared to make an impact on those you serve. CFO Bookshelf delivered on its primary aim by bringing you 51 interviews with best-selling authors and business thought leaders whose voices are generally known around the world. Here are a handful of those outstanding episodes.[Read more…] about The Top Podcast Episodes of 2021
CFO Bookshelf loves The Soul of Enterprise Podcast hosted by Ed Kless and Ron Baker. In this episode, we take a look behind the scenes of this highly-popular radio show that airs live each Friday through the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network. While the audience has a strong following from those working in accounting and other professional services firms, our visit with Ed Kless is geared for business leaders in any industry.[Read more…] about A Great Business Podcast Behind the Scenes
One of my favorite times of the year is skimming my booklist from top to bottom several times and trying to pick my favorite ten books. The task was so hard that I cheated a bit by selecting honorable mentions and creating two other categories. In this show, my friend Shaefer Schuetz leads the discussion. If you need some book ideas for 2022, numerous business genres are covered in this conversation.[Read more…] about Our Favorite 10 Books of 2021
My second-favorite accountant in the movies is Oscar Wallace in The Untouchables. While Tiffany Couch probably hasn’t ever had to deal with someone like Al Capone, she has something in common with Oscar – they both use the science of numbers accounting to detect fraudulent schemes. Tiffany is a long-time forensic account and the author of, The Thief In Your Company. Tiffany teaches us that thieves are not the only ones who rationalize. So do their victims.[Read more…] about Is There a Thief in Your Company?
While you may not recognize the name, Steve Bailey is one of three people I would enshrine immediately into a financial modeling hall of fame if one existed. Steve is a long-time financial modeling expert and he’s the founder of Model Metrix, a firm providing modeling-as-a-service and designing integrated business plans. This conversation is not just for financial modeling practitioners but for CEOs and other business managers too.[Read more…] about From Cop to Calculator to Expert Financial Modeler
When you think of agile you probably think of software development. How about merger and acquisition activities? In 2012, Kison Patel happened on the idea of transforming the M&A process through an agile method supported by technology at DealRoom.net. Our guest is also the author of M&A Tactics and the M&A Tactics Handbook. Kison explains how the core four values of the Agile Manifesto apply to M&A.[Read more…] about Agile Mergers and Acquisitions
Whether you love the Beatles or don’t, the first thought that probably pops from your mind when you hear this group’s name is a famous band and one where you know all the members – Paul, John, George, and Ringo. I’m assuming you never think of the terms economics, entrepreneurship, human capital, innovation, venture capital, and management. In this episode, we hear from Sam Staley as he talks about the big ideas from his book, The Beatles and Economics.[Read more…] about The Beatles and Economics