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Governance & Controls – structure and controls.

Transaction Recording – systems, transaction processing and closing the books.

Reporting - efficient, timely and accurate information for decision making and meeting compliance requirements.

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Business Planning - provide the financial roadmap for the company with supporting analytics.

Financial Forecasting - integrate the company’s current performance relative to budget with the real-time business environment.

Investment Analysis - the framework to analyze new opportunities as they present themselves.

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Cash Management - the discipline to ensure cash is available to operate the business normally.

Funding - Planning for and raising funds to meet the needs of the business.

Risk Management – Identification and mitigation of key business risks.

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Self-Awareness - Internal.

Team Building - External.

Strategy & Culture – Motivate people to follow you.

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Four Pillars of Executive Expertise

CFO.University is built around the Four Pillars of CFO Success. These Pillars are supported with Core Competencies. Our framework allows you to master your role as a senior financial officer. The Four Pillars are made up of:

Accounting – Governance & Controls, Transaction Recording and Reporting

Finance – Business Planning, Financial Forecasting and Investment Analysis

Treasury – Cash Management, Funding (Capital Raising) and Risk Management

Leadership – Self Awareness, Team Building and Strategy & Culture

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CFO Success Series: Signs Your Accounting Pillar Requires Shoring Up

Imagine a runner who desperately needs to cut a few seconds off his time. He tries everything: hires new trainers, buys new shoes, drops weight, changes his diet. Nothing works because he doesn’t cut off the cement block tethered to his foot.

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Business Valuations Help Owners Grow and Protect Value

The wealth of 70% of small business owners is tied up in their businesses, making their companies their primary retirement savings vehicles. But without knowing the value of the business, how can they know when they can stop working, or what kind of lifestyle to expect in retirement?

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Bryan Ducharme

4 Things Your CEO Needs To Know For Sound Financial Management

A CEO, as defined by Investopedia, is “The highest ranking executive in a company whose main responsibilities include developing and implementing high-level strategies, making major decisions and managing overall operations and resources.”

While a degree in finance is not required, good financial management is the result of having confidence that all pillars are being looked after to the extent that your processes are devoid of gaps. You can effectively manage your company’s financial performance by focusing on four specific activities:

· Timely and Accurate Recording and Reporting Systems

· Treasury Management Skills

· Business Planning and Business Growth

· Governance and Controls

Learn about each activity in the full article.

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The Levers of Change

I’d like to introduce you to the first management consultant, who appeared a couple of millennia ago, and who had the greatest tool. His name was Archimedes and he had a lever.

I used that lever with some client executives who, with the strength of their position, were able to accomplish change ten times greater than others whose efforts were noble, but never seemed to pay off.

What are the levers of change and how can you apply them to your company and your finance team ?

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Rick Pay