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Doing business in… Colombia

By Jennifer Campbell Colombia is affirming its place on the economic world stage with new trade agreements and significant GDP growth. Colombia has been an economic darling on the world stage, with real GDP growth of more than 4% from 2010 to 2014. Colombia attracted record levels of investment in 2013 and 2014, much of… Read More Doing business in… Colombia

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From CFO to CEO

By Robin Lynam Top-notch analytical skills and a strong strategic mind-set are well-known characteristics of a chief financial officer, which are also important attributes for those who are looking to become chief executive officer. Robin Lynam talks to some successful CFO turned- CEOs about their career development paths to find out what more is needed… Read More From CFO to CEO

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8 best practices for aligning strategy, planning, and risk

by Joanne Sammer, Kenneth W. Witt and Paul R. Bacon Providing effective governance presents boards and management with a formidable challenge. Here’s how one company does it. Success in business is influenced by many factors: effective strategy and execution; deep understanding of the business environment, including its risks; the ability to innovate and adapt; and… Read More 8 best practices for aligning strategy, planning, and risk

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How to Build a Good Rapport with Your Colleagues

By Ben Carpenter Four things you can do to keep a positive reputation with your colleagues. Many employees believe they have to worry about pleasing only their higher-ups; the reality is that your boss’s perception of you is largely going to be a reflection of how everybody else in the company sees you. If many,… Read More How to Build a Good Rapport with Your Colleagues

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Expanded Role Requires Expanded Skills

By Jack Hagel CFOs have seen their duties grow in recent years. Eighty-five percent of CPAs said the role of the CFO and the finance function has expanded moderately or significantly in their organization, according to a recent AICPA survey. “We don’t just do numbers,” said Ralph Bender, CPA, CGMA, the CFO of Manship Media in… Read More Expanded Role Requires Expanded Skills

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Ask an expert: How do I motivate my employees?

By Todd Patkin Small phrases can make a world of difference for employees’ motivation, commitment and productivity. They’d never bring it up themselves, but there are certain phrases your employees really want to hear from you. Some have to do with affirmation; others centre on encouragement, reassurance, respect, gratitude or trust. When you verbalize these… Read More Ask an expert: How do I motivate my employees?