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The Strategic CFO

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) role has traditionally been a custodian of financial acumen, integrity and shareholder value—selecting indicators to measure organizational growth and ensuring value. Inflation, stricter regulations and governance requirements have caused the CFO position to exist in nearly every organization these days.  However, this wasn’t the case in the last quarter of […]

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Scenario Planning in Crisis

Wars, downturns, calamities, pandemics, and other crises drive businesses into uncertain situations, low turnovers, stagnant growth, unemployment, and even insolvencies. These crises often arise uninformed.  It is difficult to guide organizations through challenging circumstances and envisage the effects and severity of crises. Financial planners and CFOs, though, try to confront these situations, but at times […]

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Data Governance: Roles and Responsibilities

Data Governance is a set of practices that outline the roles and accountabilities related to data and support the organization’s Business Model by generating and consuming data.  It’s all about overseeing the accessibility, practicality, reliability and safety of enterprise data. Data Governance is guided by in-house data standards and guidelines to monitor data usage.  The […]

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Scenario Planning: Oxford Approach

Financial uncertainties, unpredictable national and international scenarios, environmental hazards, and technological breakthroughs have taken organizations by a surprise.  This has led many leaders to turn to Scenario Planning in order to come up with multiple possible scenarios—instead of planning and devising strategy for a single possible event.  Scenarios encompass plausible, but unpredictably important, situations and […]

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Strategic Thinking Games

Organizational leadership can draw on 3 Strategic Thinking Games to master Business Strategy and apply in varied scenarios and organizational structures.  The Strategic Thinking Games provide Decision Making models for senior executives to choose from and use as per the situation. The Strategic Thinking Games are based on mathematics and statistics, particularly Probability Theory, and […]

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Leadership Operating Model Design

Most people believe that the value and impact of the C-level leadership originates from the number of meetings conducted, having the ability to plan for long term, and make key strategic decisions collectively.  However, in reality, the C-level seldom works in unanimity to make collective decisions.  They often have animosities with each other and lack […]

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Focus-Driven Growth

What makes companies great in their industries is sustained above-average Growth. Conventional approach to Organic Growth has business leaders extending their existing product lines and brands, as well as entering new geographic regions.  This conventional Growth Strategy at some point in time starts failing to provide the results required to hold market leadership positions. Focus-driven […]

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4 Forms of Organizational Forgetting

Organizations have, in recent times, become more aware of the worth of regulating their Organizational Knowledge.  Extensive studies in academia have been conducted on the subject, because of its importance. Organizations learn with time and experience.  The cause-and-effect relationship is gathered in the collective memory of the organization in the form of: Shared mental models […]

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5 Stages of Tuckman’s Group Development Model

Studies on Team Motivation and Building Effective Teams stem from the research carried out in Psychology and Sociology.  Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920), the Founder of Modern Psychology, is credited with conducting the 1st research on the subject. The Social Psychologist Kurt Lewin (1890-1947) is credited with introducing the term “Group Dynamics.” The term defined the constructive […]

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5 Critical Success Factors for Successful Business Transformation

Business Transformations have become a necessity in the fast-changing technological and competitive business environment.  Transformation is characterized by significant and risk-laden Restructuring of a company, with the objective of accomplishing Operational Excellence and changing its future course. Business Transformation is a priority for many top executives but it is usually a reaction to challenging circumstances […]

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Employee Onboarding 101: Starting on the Right Foot

The single most pressing challenge for an organization in this knowledge economy is attracting and retaining talented people.  This can be a make or break challenge for the organization and warrants careful consideration during Strategic Planning. Starting on the right foot is absolutely essential to overcoming this challenge.  Organizations, particularly HR, need to have an […]

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The Strategic Goals Grid, an Alternative Framework to SWOT Analysis

One of the most popular Strategic Planning tool among executives is the SWOT analysis (or SWOT matrix).  However, sometimes assessing the organization’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats is not enough to set the direction for the planning process or to implement Business Transformation. An alternative framework to SWOT analysis is the Strategic Goals Grid (SGG).  […]

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