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27Jun

The loudest voice is not always the most effective path to performance

By Brad Eisenhuth | Blog, Leadership, HR, Culture | 27 Jun 2022 |

When we want to be heard by others in our business, especially when we are encouraging change, we can have a temptation to aim for 'loud' first. But is it the answer and the most effective path to performance?

14Jun

Alignment is essential to high performing teams, are you all heading toward the same goal?

By Brad Eisenhuth | Blog, Leadership, HR, Culture | 14 Jun 2022 |

It is normal in an organisation to delineate responsibility and accountability in order to get things done, but too often we see a lack of alignment in teams, projects and organisations more broadly which leads to friction and dysfunction.

8Jun

Is your idea the best path for your team?

By Brad Eisenhuth | Blog, Leadership, Culture | 8 Jun 2022 |

It isn’t always easy to tell if that person has actually formulated the idea with a bias toward the success of the collective as opposed to a 'self-protection' bias. When you shape up ideas, do you run them through a 'team-first' or 'empathy' filter?

31May

If the company culture isn't mobilising the business strategy, what is it doing?

By Brad Eisenhuth | Blog, Leadership, HR, Culture | 31 May 2022 |

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” is a widely used saying, and intuitively we know how important a great culture is in mobilising a strategy.  Yet, we have seen at times leaders looking at strategy and culture as separate organisms. Why should culture and strategy compete or be at odds with one another?

27May

Are we sabotaging our digital transformation projects from the start?

By Brad Eisenhuth | Blog, Leadership, Finance, Technology, Culture | 27 May 2022 |

Why do we sometimes force complex digital transformation projects into an ineffective plan and expect them to succeed?  We strip value out of potentially valuable solutions by jamming them into silly, unachievable or unthoughtful models and timeframes for delivery.

25May

How can you support a culture of innovation

By Brad Eisenhuth | Blog, Leadership, HR, Culture | 25 May 2022 |

Expecting a team who has historically been asked to deliver within refined systems and scopes to suddenly be ‘agile’ or ‘entrepreneurial’ is unfair to them, and an unfair expectation to set for yourself. How do you help people migrate to new ways of thinking and behaving?

17Mar

Shape your talent management plan strategically not tactically

By Brad Eisenhuth | Blog, Leadership, HR | 17 Mar 2022 |

A recent study from Gartner on Top priorities for HR Leaders in 2022 showed that building critical skills and competencies for their organisation is the main priority for 59% of them.   This led us to think deeper about the subject and wonder: what is the actual problem to be solved here? Is it purely a talent management issue or a business performance problem underpinned by talent and resources.   How can we approach this more strategically rather than tactically?

11Jan

The Basic Building Blocks of a Shared Team Vision

Blog, Leadership | 11 Jan 2022 |

  To get an outperforming team we believe you need to have a shared vision that can lead you to collaborate around measurable and achievable goals. Equally as important, the ‘shared’ vision has ‘shared understanding’ with respect to what we (as a team) believe it means in practice.  

27Oct

What is your stakeholder engagement style and is it serving you?

By Aidan Parsons | Blog, Leadership, Finance Business Partner | 27 Oct 2021 |

How conscious are you of your communication style for the desired partnering outcomes you seek with the teams and stakeholders you work with?   We are going through 5 communications styles and what their impact is on business partnering.

7Sep

How band-aid solutions can cost your company in the long run

Strategy, Leadership | 7 Sep 2021 |

Quick fix, don't we love them. And that's fair enough.    When an unforeseen problem is identified, there's a sense of urgency that comes with it. Everything has to be solved like, yesterday...    But what if solving the issue right away was a big waste of time and money? Let’s go back in time and take the example of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC.  

26Aug

Don't Lose Sleep Over Your Spreadsheet Environment, Do That Instead

By Lance Rubin | Strategy, Technology, Finance, Change Leadership | 26 Aug 2021 |

25Aug

On the importance of measuring company culture

By Rob Phipps | Strategy, Culture, Change Leadership | 25 Aug 2021 |

hat’s the ROI? Probably the most common, and important, business question.    Without being able to measure the impact of your culture initiatives it is very difficult to determine if you are spending your efforts in the right areas, if you are heading in the right direction and of course, to secure funding to support your initiatives. It’s also really hard to improve on something if you don’t have a base to start from.  So where to start to measure your culture efforts?

17Aug

Client's Spotlight: Paul Lobanov - From driven finance professional to strategic finance leader

Strategy, Finance, Change Leadership | 17 Aug 2021 |

We continue celebrating our clients' achievements, here is another great story from Paul Lobanov. Paul is one of those finance leaders who has valued the importance of stepping back, looking at the situation and bringing an open mind to possible pathways and ‘better’ solutions. Equally, as we’ve worked with Paul he has the extremely admirable trait of being self-reflective; willing to explore different ways of thinking and potentially being ‘wrong’. Paul has shared some of his story below in growing as a strategic finance leader.

10Aug

Why consistent behaviours across the board matter to your company culture

By Rob Phipps | Strategy, Leadership | 10 Aug 2021 |

Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see” – and that goes for every member of your organisation, most obviously the senior leaders and the key protagonists.  An issue often brought up, when a company culture is not at its best, is that “expected behaviours” in line with the company values don’t seem to apply to everybody. This can dramatically impede your culture efforts...

3Aug

Client's Spotlight: Kate Urlich - From driven finance professional to strategic finance leader

Strategy, Finance, Change Leadership | 3 Aug 2021 |

One of the highlights of our work is helping great people on their journey. We are glad to share with you some of their inspirational stories and achievements.  Kate Urlich is a talented Finance leader who decided to embark on developing her strategic leadership skills as a finance professional. Her tenacity, growth mindset and dedication to her business has positioned her well to make genuine step-change in her career a reality. 

29Jul

How implementing new technology can make your finance team feel like “they were wrong”

By Lance Rubin | Strategy, Leadership | 29 Jul 2021 |

When a finance team starts to explore  technology,  they often have to look into the way they currently do things and how that might change. This can be very confronting especially when they realise ,  or  when it is  put out in the open  for all to see ,  that the way they were working was flawed or highly error-prone. This is very important to address as this  feeling of being "wrong" can limit the ultimate success and change that the technology is intended to produce.  

22Jul

If it’s not broken...let’s make it better. Changing the perception of change and “working in the grey” within your finance team.

Strategy, Leadership | 22 Jul 2021 |

A team’s  capacity  to  welcome change ,  when it is needed ,  is partially based on  their ability  to cope with uncertainty, tak e measured  risks and  “work in the grey” . This can prove to be challenging  if team members can’t relate to  the company’s vision or feel that  they  are contributing to a greater purpose   through  their work .

21Jul

Is the ROI of culture still in question?

Strategy, Culture, Change Leadership | 21 Jul 2021 |

it has been acknowledged for years now that company culture does have an impact on its overall performance and that neglecting it can lead to lost opportunities for synergies and cost efficiencies, lost customers, lost employees and increased injuries to name just a few.  So why would the ROI of organisational culture still be in question? Is the belief in ROI really the issue?

14Jul

The Shiny Tech Syndrome: symptom of a failed adoption strategy?

Strategy, Finance, Automation | 14 Jul 2021 |

A brand-new sales system is in place. Now your sales representatives have access to this latest tool you expect your revenue to go through the roof but, things barely change... Panic, maybe this wasn't the right technology, what about trying another one or adding a new feature etc.   There you go; your organisation has the Shinny Tech Syndrome...

1Jul

Congratulations to Brainiact on their launch

Strategy, Partner, Clone | 1 Jul 2021 |

25Jun

The Culture Gap: when a company culture doesn't match its actions

Strategy, Leadership, Culture | 25 Jun 2021 |

Company culture is often mistaken to be only about big words and big ideas. That intangible and mysterious thing floating in the air that everyone should somehow know about, understand and be part of.    While it is true that you can feel a company culture without always being able to pinpoint it immediately, it is actually much more structured and tangible than one might think. One very important aspects of culture is consistency between what is encouraged and how employees, at all levels, can demonstrate culture in action.  

16Jun
9Jun

Downfall of a business leader: a misunderstood and inapplicable strategy

Strategy, Leadership | 9 Jun 2021 |

Have you ever been to one of those “Strategy Day” where, in the end, everyone just goes back to their BAU and nothing changes? Why would that be?   There are  potentially   a few  reasons .   But  one could be that no one really understood how to make the strateg ic direction  happen . As in  concretely ,  on a daily basis.     Team members were left to their own device not knowing the who, the what ,  the how and mostly the  WHY . As a result, they all went back to what they know and what keeps the wheel turning.     S o  what is and what is not an  implementable  strategy . Read more...  

1May

My team is not performing: is it a system or a culture issue

Strategy, Leadership, Culture | 1 May 2021 |

Don’t get us wrong, we love a good automation. We literally co-design automation and process excellence with several companies right at the minute. But before we did  that,  we  ensured  with them that this is really what they  need and looked at the bigger  picture  to guarantee  their   success in the future.   Does the following scenario sound familiar?  You r  organization  invests in  a big flashy  system or tool  thinking it will so l ve all  their  issues.  They spend  a fortune,  contract an implementation  team   and...  there’s no real return on investment .     So was the system the issue or should you look further. Read more...  

16Nov

Lance Rubin – Visual Influence And The Future Of Financial Modelling

Lance Rubin, Financial Modelling, Blog | 16 Nov 2020 |

Modern financial modelling and related tools are helping to create this value for their users in a faster and more sustainable way. The ability to model and shape decisions is increasingly becoming a "must-have" in the toolkit of accounting and finance professionals, helping them provide meaningful insights and flexible scenario reviews to support complex decisions.

2Nov

Flexibility And The Evolution of The Workplace - Walking the Talk

By Brad Eisenhuth | Career Management, mentor, Eisenhuth | 2 Nov 2020 |

15Sep

How to successfully deliver business advisory to your clients and 5x your fees

Podcast, Aidan Parsons | 15 Sep 2020 |

They have partnered with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand to provide leaders in public practice the opportunity to take part in a hands-on, highly practical program which can successfully transition your practice into a sustainable and impactful Business Advisory practice.

14Aug

Personality Traits and Behaviour – Revealing The Formula For Leadership Success

By Brad Eisenhuth | Eisenhuth, Networking, Career Management, Leadership, CFO | 14 Aug 2020 |

13Aug

Succeeding In A Multi-National Matrix Structure

By Brad Eisenhuth | Eisenhuth, Networking, Career Management, Leadership, CFO | 13 Aug 2020 |

22Apr

The Language Of Leadership And Cultural Fitness for Accounting And Finance Leaders

By Brad Eisenhuth | Eisenhuth, Networking, Career Management, Leadership, CFO | 22 Apr 2020 |

3Apr

The Future of the Finance Profession: A CFO Perspective

By Brad Eisenhuth | Leadership, CFO, Eisenhuth | 3 Apr 2020 |

6Jan

FINANCIAL MODEL DEVELOPMENT

Podcast, Aidan Parsons | 6 Jan 2020 |

1Jan

TIPS FOR ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE PROFESSIONALS IN 2020

Podcast, Aidan Parsons | 1 Jan 2020 |

The most amazing of those predictions was the jet pack invention. Jetpacks were developed by Gravity, simply awesome! Well done to the Gravity team.

27Dec

FUNDAMENTALS OF 3-WAY CASHFLOW MODELLING

By Lance Rubin | Strategy, Leadership | 27 Dec 2019 |

27Dec

PROJECT FINANCE OPERATIONAL MODELS

By Lance Rubin | Strategy, Leadership | 27 Dec 2019 |

This issue of speed is not only important because of the adage that time is money, but also because slow Excel files exacerbate the human brain’s already poor error-detection abilities. According to usability-engineering expert, Jakob Nielsen: 0.1 second is about the limit for having the user feel that the system is reacting instantaneously 1.0 second is about the limit for the user's flow of thought to stay uninterrupted, even though the user will notice the delay.

18Dec

Plan For ABCD – Expect The Unexpected

By Brad Eisenhuth | Eisenhuth, Networking, Career Management, Leadership, CFO | 18 Dec 2019 |

26Nov

How To Bullet Proof Your Self-Belief

By Paul Lyons | paul lyons, Leadership | 26 Nov 2019 |

19Nov

Why your improvement projects don't get started (and what you can do about it)

By Craig Reid | Craig Raid, Finance Business Partner | 19 Nov 2019 |

31Oct

PROJECT FINANCE VS OTHER DEAL MODELLING

Podcast, Aidan Parsons | 31 Oct 2019 |

24Oct

The Machines Are Not Coming... They Are Here.

By Lance Rubin - CEO & Founder at Model Citizn | LanceRubin, CFO, Technology | 24 Oct 2019 |

22Oct

DEAL MODEL VS OPERATIONAL MODEL

Podcast, Aidan Parsons | 22 Oct 2019 |

16Oct

Creativity, Empowerment and Not Being Perfect

By Brad Eisenhuth | Eisenhuth, Networking, Career Management, Leadership, CFO | 16 Oct 2019 |

9Oct
8Oct

Career By Choice – Breaking The Mould

By Brad Eisenhuth | Eisenhuth, Networking, Career Management, Leadership, CFO | 8 Oct 2019 |

28Sep

Growing Perspective In Your Career

By Brad Eisenhuth | paul lyons, Job Security, Career Management, mentor | 28 Sep 2019 |

11Jun

30 Minutes a Week Can Improve Wellbeing and Reduce Depression

By Paul Lyons | paul lyons, Career Management | 11 Jun 2019 |

1Jun

What Is The Difference Between Resilience and Mental Toughness?

By Paul Lyons | Leadership, paul lyons | 1 Jun 2019 |

1Jun

Transformation is not an 80-minute Rugby game (it is like learning French)

By Henrik Ekstrom | Finance Business Partner, Financial Modelling | 1 Jun 2019 |

22Mar

Good Posture – Why People Who Stand Up Straight Are More Successful

By Paul Lyons | paul lyons, Career Management | 22 Mar 2019 |

7Mar

Does 'Experienced' Always Mean Better?

By Paul Smith | PaulSmith, Career Management, board, CFO | 7 Mar 2019 |

16Jan

Start With A Problem

By Brad Eisenhuth | Networking, mentor, Career Management, Eisenhuth | 16 Jan 2019 |

26Dec

Demand For Financial Modelling Skills Reaches New Heights

By Lance Rubin - CEO & Founder at Model Citizn | LanceRubin, Finance Business, CFO, Technology | 26 Dec 2018 |

17Aug

The Developmental Gap

By Brad Eisenhuth | Promotion, Leadership, CFO, Eisenhuth | 17 Aug 2018 |

20Jul

What's with all the planning?

By Henrik Ekstrom | GROUP CFO, FINANCE TRANSFORMATION, Finance Business Partner, Financial Modelling | 20 Jul 2018 |

13Jun
3May

PART 2 OF FINANCE INNOVATION - DATA ANALYTICS / BIG DATA IS NOT FINANCIAL MODELLING

Lance Rubin | 3 May 2018 |

There is of course a lot more hype around Big Data and Data Analytics because it has enabled such significant changes to our lives, which is a good thing. Breaking traditional business models (no pun intended) and enabling new ones.

25Apr

PART 1 of FINANCE INNOVATION: PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS VS FINANCIAL MODELLING

By Lance Rubin | Leadership, Lance Rubin | 25 Apr 2018 |

Despite writing a blog on the differences a year ago (albeit FM vs Analytics), many were not clear on the differences. It's almost analysis paralysis with all the jargon and especially when misused and twisted by software vendors around what it means to do modelling and analytics within the packages they are selling. The purpose of this blog is really to go a little deeper into predictive analytics and financial modelling.

19Apr

Project Failure

By Craig Reid | Craig Raid, Project, Process Improvement, Leadership, CFO | 19 Apr 2018 |

14Mar

Personalities of the Finance Function

By Brad Eisenhuth | Leadership, Career Management, Eisenhuth | 14 Mar 2018 |

1Jun

Improvement Is Part Of The Process

By Craig Reid | CFO, Webinar, Leadership | 1 Jun 2017 |

15Mar

How Accountants Can Change The World

By Brad Eisenhuth | Career Management, Profession, Big 4, Eisenhuth | 15 Mar 2017 |

8Feb

How To Find Your Version Of Career Success As A Finance Professional

By Brad Eisenhuth | Eisenhuth, Networking, Career Management, Leadership, CFO | 8 Feb 2017 |

16Dec

Why 100% Productivity Doesn't Exist

By Craig Reid | Craig Raid, Leadership, CFO | 16 Dec 2016 |

15Sep

A CFO’s Challenge - Leveraging A Diverse Career

By Brad Eisenhuth | Eisenhuth, Networking | 15 Sep 2016 |

19Aug

5 Ways to Deal With Difficult People

By Paul Lyons | paul lyons, Leadership | 19 Aug 2016 |

13Jul

The Secrets of Successful People

By Paul Lyons | paul lyons, Job Security, Career Management | 13 Jul 2016 |

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