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CFO Must-Reads: Week of 9/7

Adaptive Insights, cpm software, corporate performance management, business intelligence, financial planning, financial budgets, financial reportingIt’s Friday, and you know what that means – time for another edition of CFO Must-Reads! As September surges into fall, school starts up again, and fantasy football league competition is well underway, we thought a list of articles focused on moving forward and future outlooks would be appropriate. In this week’s wrap-up, we include articles on executives economic perspective, how to streamline the budgeting and forecasting process, driving companywide innovation as a CFO, how finance leaders can manage the M&A process, and how CFOs act as storytellers.

1. A turn in the weather for economic outlooks.

Stormy weather ahead – finance executives’ outlooks have taken a turn for the worse. Execs in the United States continue to be frustrated by government actions affecting their costs, leery of the ups and downs in equities markets, and nervous about economic conditions overseas, especially in China. This combination appears to finally be taking its toll on business confidence.

2. Take the poker game out of budgeting and forecasting.

Annual budgeting and forecasting season is here! Cut the game playing, eliminate the negotiation nuisance, and create a streamlined rolling forecast.

3. How to drive innovation as CFO.

CFOs are responsible for a lot more than numbers; they are looked upon as strategic leaders that drive innovation across the company. This article talks about how CFOs can be recognized as more than the “no” department and play an integral role in innovation.

4. Managing the M&A process as CFO.

With an uptick in M&A activity and more deals taking place than ever before, the mergers and acquisition process is crucial to a company’s success, and CFOs need to be duly prepared for curveballs and transactions.

5. Ask Ethan: The CFO as storyteller.

“In organizations that are driving increased visibility, the CFO and finance leader are out engaging with their organizations, telling a compelling story about their business, translating it into what finance means to the organization and its strategy. In doing so, they are transferring so much valuable knowledge and how to interpret financial results, and what the metrics mean and how the individuals impact it.” Learn how and why storytelling is an increasingly important skill for today’s modern CFOs.

What do you like to read as a modern finance leader? Tweet your top picks to @AdaptiveInsight, and read next Friday’s edition to see if your story made our list of CFO Must-Reads!

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