May 2017

Great Expectations:  How the CFO's Role is Growing

CFOs have always provided guidance on company strategy and been a sounding board for the CEO's ideas, hopes and fears. It's hardly surprising they are often first in line to succeed the chief executive. Today, they are expected to deliver more value than ever to the business. They need to be as confident in data analytics and financial reporting as they are in managing teams and presenting complex ideas to the board in easily digestible terms.
A recent report from Forbes and KPMG found that chief executives predict the CFO's influence will increase more than that of other board members in the next three years. According to the report, the CFO's greatest contribution lies in their ability to boost a company's performance and growth.   Read more here...

In a Series of Tweets, Bill Gates Gives Graduates (and the Rest of Us)
the Best Life and Career Advice Ever
Microsoft's founder delivers a commencement address of sorts via Twitter.
What would you give to be a Class of '17 graduate at a college where Bill Gates was giving the commencement speech? Now you can have the next best thing. This year, the Microsoft founder, legendary philanthropist, and world's wealthiest human decided to spread the wealth by publishing what amounts to a brief and profoundly wise commencement speech in a series of 14 tweets.  "New college grads often ask me for career advice," he starts out.  Read his advice here...

6 Perfect Ways to Start Your Day

Get off on the right foot by incorporating these habits into your a.m. routine.

Front-loading your day with the most important activities on your to-do list can have a huge impact on your small business and your effectiveness as a leader. Here are six activities you can do at the start of your day to improve your life as a small business owner:
1. Scan your email quickly--but don't get sucked in.
Some productivity experts urge you to avoid checking your email first thing in the morning.
But, for many small business owners, that advice isn't realistic. So, how do you avoid getting sucked into your inbox for the best two or three hours of your day?  
Find out more

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