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The M&A Lifecycle: Planning Phase

Throughout the M&A lifecycle, companies have many opportunities to add value to their side of the deal. Transaction leaders need to understand how to govern the time and resources of every stage. Each stage is a balancing act, whereby too many resources spent can...

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CFO Cross Functional Engagement

The CFO is ultimately responsible for a range of activities that (whether or not they are part of the Finance function) are essential to the management of the enterprise. Depending on the organization's size, the CFO may be responsible for more silos than expected...

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5 Tips to a Better M&A Strategy

The success of a company's M&A strategy is a crucial factor in determining the organization's future direction. The CFO plays an integral part in assuring that due diligence is sound, estimates are reasonable, and the integration process moves smoothly. Here are a...

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Facilitating Collaboration in a Work From Home World

At our last session with the Focus Five, a comment was made by finance leader Beatty D'Alessandro on the "loss of serendipity moments" with the new work from home environment. In many companies, even where teams see each other face-to-face over video conferencing,...

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How to Let Focus Increase Your Productivity

In one of our previous posts, we wanted to give you an overview of Deep Work's power. Deep work includes removing distractions and efficiently scheduling your time, but it also requires a great deal of focus. We live in a world where people are quick to blame modern...

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Tips to An Effective Treasury and Risk Strategy

The Treasury function objectives are to manage the company's cash and liquidity on short and long-term working capital requirements, invest and manage excess cash and investments, and oversee its financial risk management. Other key areas supported by treasury's reach...

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The Importance of Executive Leadership in Finance

The CFO must include in their focus the aspiration of excellence in every aspect of their job. This extends beyond his or her technical and strategic assignments and includes leadership excellence. The best leaders understand the objectives and efficiently achieve...

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CFO Oversight of Information Technology

The CFO oversees IT to ensure that IT's mission, priorities, and plans are linked to company strategy. The CFO ensures that IT is executing against the plan, that the company is leveraging IT for efficiency and innovation, and that IT's benefits drive to the bottom...

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Enterprise Governance from the Office of the CFO

Investors, lenders, other stakeholders, the board, the audit committee, regulators, all of these play a role in dictating how you govern your enterprise. Successfully managing these relationships and efficiently following their rules has a do or die impact on your...

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