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Monday, November 23, 2015

18 CFOs share Financial Advice

I recently read a Business Insider article with CFOs sharing insightful advice and wanted to share it.  The following are some examples:

  • Anthony Noto, the CFO of Twitter, says great financial leaders dig deep to find the truth.
  • Bob Shanks, the CFO of Ford, says you have to be grounded in real-time.
  • Pat Yarrington, the CFO of Chevron, says you have to be ready for higher levels of risk and opportunity.
  • John Stephens, the CFO of AT&T, says it's critical to remember cash generation.
  • Carol Tomé, the CFO of Home Depot, says you need to become a master of connecting with your audience.
  • Mike Schlotman, the CFO of Kroger, says you have to be as comfortable with the people as you are with the numbers behind a business.
  • Howard Ungerleider, the CFO of Dow Chemical, says you need to have strong accountability focus within the organization.
  • Frank Calderoni, CFO of Red Hat, says diversify, diversify, diversify.
  • Brad Halverson, CFO of Caterpillar, says resource allocation is incredibly important and you need to get your hands dirty.
  • Brian Worrell, CFO of GE Oil & Gas, says you have to know as much as possible about how your customers make money.
  • Dave Benson, CFO of Fannie Mae, says a business should be easily understood in just a few succinct sentences before it's worth a closer look.
  • Beth Bombara, CFO of The Hartford, says you have to follow the money and know everyone's role in the company.
  • Barb Niland, CFO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, says you have to rely on continuous communication with the right team.
  • Neil Williams, CFO of Intuit, says you need to offer as much information as possible to your team.
  • Gilles Bogaert, CFO of Pernod Ricard, says you need to fully understand the path you have taken to reach your decision.
  • Rich Veldran, CFO of Dun & Bradstreet, says you need to be multi-dimensional and serve many roles.
  • Olivier Bisserier, CFO of, says you need to have a maniacal focus on ROI.
  • Robbie Sprechman, CFO of Retro Fitness, says you need to make yourself replaceable.
Read more at the following Business Insider.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Advice from Yosemite

Recently spent a week in Yosemite and found the following advice to share:

nullAdvice from Yosemite:
  • Expand Your Horizons
  • Keep a Sense of Wonder
  • Reach New Heights
  • Enjoy Life's Peaks and Valleys!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Four Commercial Business Metrics - Key to Growth

Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service and that bring friends with them. W. Edward Deming

Profit and loss statements don't always tell you everything about the health of the business.  Every business focuses on the profits and losses and should.  There are four metrics that can give you an early signal to the trend of the business.

The four metrics are the following: