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CFO Leadership

Welcome to the Vena Solutions CFO Leadership Blog. Explore content dedicated to empowering finance executives and CFOs. (10)

How Dashboards Give CFOs the Superpower They’ve Been Waiting For

November 4, 2016 |

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Why Finance Pros Are More Capable Than ‘Mort’

Yes, Excel spreadsheets are democratizing the problem-solving capabilities of many people, but those on the CFO’s team may have the most to gain. What’s more difficult – going through account reconciliations manually, or creating the next Facebook? Financi......

October 6, 2016 |

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The Relationship Between CFO Leadership And Risk

Experts say financial executives need to ensure their organizations don’t make a wrong move — and success might mean earning the top job. Jumping out of an airplane — that’s risky. Rock climbing — also risky. Managing a company — the multitude and variety ......

September 28, 2016 |

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Banks need a CFO. Major retailers need a CFO. But a farm? Hmmm. . .

Many people might still equate farming as a relatively low-tech enterprise involving small teams. In fact, the opposite is often true – farming can be a high-cost business that needs as much strategic planning and foresight as some Fortune 500 firms. The o......

September 22, 2016 |

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The Big Picture Thinking CFOs and Their Teams Need To Cultivate

It’s not like anyone in finance walks around all day thinking, “I’m a global citizen!” How they work on a day-to-day basis, however, should say a lot about how international their perspective has become. A possible role model in this regard is Shyrose Janm......

September 9, 2016 |

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What Makes a Performance-Driven CFO

Do finance leaders need a new job title to reflect their focus areas, or is it really about walking the walk? Where there were once chief marketing officers, there are now chief brand officers. VPs of HR are now sometimes referred to chief people officers.......

September 6, 2016 |

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What ‘The Vanishing COO’ Trend Means For CFOs

Operational executives are less prevalent in the Fortune 500, but that doesn’t mean companies can ignore operational excellence. If there’s one person whose role you could safely assume is reasonably secure, it’s probably the CEO’s second-in-command. The s......

September 3, 2016 |

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Why Dashboards Are Becoming A Major CFO Priority

  Businesses need more than the same old numbers, but finance departments aren’t stepping up, a new book argues. With a book title like The End of Accounting, it doesn’t take long to realize that Baruch Lev is on a mission to shake up finance departments a......

August 20, 2016 |

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The Divine and Unbeatable Nature of Data-Driven CFOs

Some are putting up CFOs on a pedestal, while others can’t wait to take them down a peg. What really matters is how they bring value to their organizations–and that should be the main characteristic they’re judged for.  No one is saying financial executive......

August 16, 2016 |

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The Role of the CFO is Changing. Here’s What’s Expected from Them Now

The role of the journalist once revolved around making phone calls while puffing on cigarettes (indoors!) and typing away on typewriters. Today a journalist is expected to not only carry out interviews and write articles, but to be active on social media, ......

August 16, 2016 |

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