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Turning Strategy into Action: The Logical Framework
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Does your organization have a great strategy on paper but have trouble making it work in the real world? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, Fortune Magazine has reported that 75% of all strategies fail, largely because of the inability to execute. The fact is that many projects never have a chance. Even the best strategy is worthless unless it’s converted into implementable projects in the hands of capable and committed teams. Most organizations lack a systematic yet flexible way of turning strategic intent into actionable projects, relying instead on ad hoc means or using project management software prematurely.

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Financial Planning and Analysis Leaders are Failing to Deliver Higher Strategic Value
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Prophix Software findings from the survey, Defining the Evolution of FP&A: Benchmarks, Challenges & Opportunities highlighted room for improvement. The survey included feedback from over 300 FP&A leaders from all companies of all sizes across the globe. The survey was conducted to establish the maturity of analytics solutions across the globe, the effectiveness and efficiency of FP&A leaders’ planning processes, how companies are leveraging technology to improve FP&A processes, and to gauge internal perceptions relative to the value of FP&A.

Peter Chisambara


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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