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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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Accounting

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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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Finance

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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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Treasury

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Self-Awareness - Internal.

Team Building - External.

Strategy & Culture – Motivate people to follow you.

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Leadership

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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The Magic of Metrics: What Gets Measured, Gets Managed

Recently a group of local financial executives discussed the art of developing effective business performance measures. Participants agreed many key metrics used today are irrelevant in helping guide their business. Poorly chosen metrics waste corporate resources by diverting attention from important issues to less important or, worse yet, irrelevant ones. The group decided businesses should have a process in place to determine what metrics will be most effective. The following 6 step approach will help you create the best metrics for your business.

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Steve Rosvold

The Defining Attributes of a Successful CFO: Finance

Finance uses the discipline and data from a strong Accounting team as the launching pad for planning and creating their company’s future. A seamless handoff between the Accounting and Finance departments is critical in creating and executing an effective strategy. The Finance function is about creating the optimum analytical framework to make strategic decisions.

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Wellness Runs in Manufacturing Industry

RISING COSTS OF HEALTHCARE

Each segment of the manufacturing industry has a major issue forefront in their budget process: the rising costs of healthcare. These increasing healthcare costs are the number one concern right in front of unfavorable business conditions, according to the most recent survey from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Below is some data from the latest NAM Outlook Survey; the concern is justified, and the issues appear to be escalating each year:

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Why Your Business Needs A Strategic CFO

The career track of CFOs often takes them through the roles of accountant, business analyst, accounting manager and controller. They earn well-deserved reputations for being diligent expense watchdogs and budget analyzers, but it is a significant transition moving from controller to CFO, especially in today’s world, where nearly all CFOs are expected to play a large strategic role in the company.

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