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Financial Consolidation Software – Corporate Performance Management – Evaluation

By Tim Reed, Big4.com Guest Blogger    

Financial Consolidation Software – Corporate Performance Management – Evaluation

The winds of technical change and opportunity are in full force today… just look at what is going on in the area of Corporate Performance Management (CPM) and the new suites of tools and capabilities.  The legacy toolsets used for financial consolidation and financial reporting [...]


Personal Issues & How They May Be Impacting Your Job Search

Hello Fellow/Fella Professionals!

As a new contributor here, I would like to say “hi” and let you know I welcome your input/feedback. Speaking of which, feedback in terms of

Beth Berk

seeking a new job! How many actually have received some good feedback lately? If so, do share!

As an ex-Big 8/Big 4 twice in my career, I think when we come across [...]


THE GOAL IS NOT WORK-LIFE BALANCE

If you are striving for work-life balance, you’re missing the point. The concept is based on a flawed assumption. The assumption is that work stinks. Only if work has a negative connotation can there be a need to seek balance. If work is basically a positive experience, one need not flee from it to engage this [...]


How CEO’s Can Lead Their Organizations To Innovation

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

As CEO your vigorous questioning and probing will substantially influence the extent and success of innovation in your organization.  Continual questioning of yourself and employees, and instilling this approach into everyone’s thought processes will help to permeate an innovation mindset throughout your organization.

How can we solve a problem and make lives better?
How can we improve [...]


Sorting Out the Data Analytics IT Options

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

(A book is the best way to build a consulting practice, ask me about ghostwriting your book.)

An article from McKinsey & Company, a leading management consulting and research firm, declares: “By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep [data] analytical [...]


Elevator Speech 2.0 = Elevator Dialogue

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St. Charles consultant Ellen Johnson recommends that we evolve the concept of an Elevator Speech into an interactive Elevator Dialogue. Her thoughts first appeared in the online Free-Range Learning News in April 2013. To access the full article go to: http://www.stccg.com/elevator-speech-2-0-elevator-dialogue/.

Given the frenetic pace of business and the many new communication channels available (mobile phones, email, voicemail, texting, Skyping, Facebooking, etc.), [...]


Good Board Culture Is Essential For Effective Governance

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

For your Board to effectively govern it must be have a positive culture.  And a productive Board culture will positively affect your organization’s culture and operations.  You can have an appropriate number of members, good committee structure, members with a sufficiently diverse competencies, and ethics and conflicts of interest policies; however this does not guarantee [...]


COACHING: WHAT THEY DIDN’T TELL YOU

No matter how good you are at what you do, sometimes we can all use a little expert advice and guidance. Admit it – you might be smart, competent, and accomplished, but there are always people a few steps ahead of you. That’s why you might need a coach.

Coaching typically involves a relationship between a target employee and a professional [...]


Deloitte: Launches the Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion

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Representatives from Fortune 500 companies, government, non-profits and academia examined the evolution of inclusive workplaces at the recent launch of the Deloitte University (DU) Leadership Center for Inclusion. The more than 250 attendees discussed a wide range of inclusion issues including minority recruiting, veteran hiring, attracting and retaining lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender talent and growing the number of [...]


Deloitte: Organizations Seek to Align Shared Services Centers

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Organizations continue to view Shared Services Centers (SCCs) as a value driver and are increasingly eager to develop new value processes, according to the results of Deloitte’s 2013 Global Shared Services Survey, which revealed that almost 100 percent of respondents (95 percent) believe that  SCCs will continue to provide critical and high-value processes for their organizations.

The majority of [...]


PwC: Late March Surge in IPO Activity

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A very active last two weeks of March helped close out a strong first quarter for U.S. IPOs. Total IPO proceeds raised in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2013 exceeded the first quarter of 2012, despite a decrease in the volume of IPOs, according to IPO Watch, a quarterly and annual survey of IPOs listed on [...]