Why is month end keeping you up?

Posted by CFO Australia on Aug 2, 2016 10:05:57 AM


I have always been amazed when I hear CFOs and their teams working well into the night to fulfil their month end obligations. Journals, rework, analysis, reporting until the late hours of the evening, month after month, year after year.

What makes senior finance people accept this as the norm?

Why is this acceptable in some companies?

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Topics: CFO, board reporting, board, month end

What are you projecting - The power of Feedback and Perceptions

Posted by CFO Australia on Jun 20, 2016 11:39:47 AM


Ever been given feedback that you disagree with? What was your response?

If you are like most, then your response was probably along the lines of:

Anger; “Where does he/she get off telling me that."

Denial; “That’s not how it happened."

Deflection; “He/she should concentrate on their own problems."

Righteousness; “What would he/she know? I know more about this than them."

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Topics: people and culture, Executive, strategy

How to avoid wasting time when buying a business.

Posted by Azure Group on Jun 9, 2016 2:52:46 PM

SME’s can get caught up in the excitement an acquisition opportunity presents, but often the process can be time consuming, a drain on resources and very costly if you don’t manage the process properly up front.

In conversation or on paper it could seem like a golden opportunity, but before you even venture down the road of acquiring a business, you should:

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Topics: CFO, business sale, acquisition, buying, strategy

Is it time to engage a CFO

Posted by Michael Derin on May 23, 2016 11:43:30 AM

There is a common misconception out there that a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a role only available to the large corporate. However, if you continue to hold this view you could be doing your business a critical injustice. Having the commercial guidance that a CFO can provide to get your business from where you are now to where you want to be is one of the best investments a business owner can make. Nowadays the CFO offering is incredibly flexible and affordable with options ranging from an full time CFO right through to a Virtual CFO off site.

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Topics: CFO, people and culture, Executive

Managing an effective accounting team

Posted by CFO Australia on May 19, 2016 3:30:25 PM

Effectively managed accounting teams invariably make a significant difference to the general performance of a business. With integrity of the accounting function comes reliable and timely financial and management information.

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Topics: people and culture, employee;, management

How a Board can influence an SME Business

Posted by Natalie Jones on Apr 4, 2016 10:22:52 AM

A functional Board contributes to the overall productivity of the organisation and staff often look to the Board of Directors for guidance, regulations, support, and the tools and resources to do the work that is expected of them.

When a Board is lax or negligent, or does not take care of tasks and responsibilities, it doesn’t take long before staff and the daily operations of the organisation are affected.

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Topics: CFO, people and culture, board reporting, Executive, employee;

The value of CFO Profiling

Posted by CFO Australia on Mar 24, 2016 2:51:45 PM

Organisations normally engage in developing a robust CFO Profile when they need to recruit, however conducting the same process within your organisation when recruitment is not the focus can have great benefits for aligning business strategy with the individual and team.

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Topics: CFO, people and culture, employee;

CFO Decision Fatigue, is it effecting you?

Posted by CFO Australia on Mar 18, 2016 1:46:53 PM


Today’s top executives make hundreds of decisions each day.  We marvel at the amount of decisions a Finance Executive and especially Virtual CFOs that act for more than one organisation has to make on a daily basis.  Couple the professional decisions with family, friends, health and other life commitments and it begins to add up!

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Topics: CFO