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Elements: Decisions

The CFO Agenda


Why go with your gut when a decision can be grounded in real data? There is no person better positioned than the CFO to find the right data, transform it into insight, and feed it to decision makers. It’s a role that goes way beyond the numbers – it’s about knowing the business context. That’s where CFOs excel.

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FP&A: What’s risk got to do with it?
The practical application of risk-adjusted approaches within and across business units can help integrate strategic planning with risk and finance.

How CFOs can own analytics
Leading analytics to support operational decision-making requires a high-level commitment to shift the organization from a historical perspective to a forward-looking perspective.

Harnessing The Three Rules
The three rules can guide business leaders in setting their agendas and making critical decisions despite the ambiguity and uncertainty in today’s environment.

Are you a strategic CFO? Seven essential questions
The CFO can be a “pragmatic strategist” by addressing critical constraints, uncertainties and performance issues through tangible and realistic actions to move the company forward.

How CFOs can be a catalyst for better decision-making
Research has found decision-making is often subject to biases and irrationalities that can get in the way of making good choices. Chip and Dan Heath, co-authors of “Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work,” discuss how CFOs can improve both their own and their organizations' decision-making.

Making decisions that matter 
Many organizations understand they need to improve the quality of decisions that matter. Whether they are actually able to do anything about it is largely in the hands of two people: the CFO and the CIO.

Turning strategic ambiguity into strategic clarity
How CFOs can leverage data and the planning and performance management cycles to address multiple aspects of strategic risk and in the process create opportunities for themselves to serve as business strategists and catalysts.

Enhancing decision quality in capital planning
How capital is allocated is among the most strategically important decisions associated with an organization’s success and sustainability.

Sustaining analytics: Deliver hindsight, insight and foresight
Analytics is on the forefront of the C-suite's agenda these days. Operating in today's complex, highly regulated business environment, leaders can no longer just "trust their gut."

A fresh look at the age-old challenges of planning, budgeting and forecasting
If planning, budgeting and forecasting aren't delivering the value your business expects, it may be time for a good scrubbing. But don't throw them out.

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