CFO Buzz is a news feature capturing top stories affecting CFOs. This feature is published Fridays so that CFOs can gain perspective over the weekend, allowing them to challenge themselves and think about how to improve their lives, careers and companies.
1) Women on the Road to CFO
There are not many women CFOs. Depends on who you ask, females make up between 13% and 33% of all CFOs. The questions as to why this is has been asked many times. I do think that the conversation needs to continue, especially considering that female make up the majority of entry level accounting and finance jobs. Here are two articles that discuss the subject further.
The number of successful women who are CFOs is set to rise – Financial Post
Google CFO: Hiring women is good for business – CNet
2) Flexible Finance Staffing
Should consultants be a part of an effective finance team? If so, how reliant should a finance leader be on outside talent that are not fully committed to the organization? What should the right mix be? Does a CFO really own their finance talent, or are they renting it anyway? Discuss.
Why CFOs are hiring more consultants – CGMA Magazine
3) Is it time for a CFO as President?
With well-known CEOs making a run for President, would a CFO have what it takes to run the USA?
Could a CFO Run for President? – CFO.com
4) How to work for someone younger than you
You’re experienced, knowledgeable, and have years of experience, and now you find yourself reporting to someone who is younger than you. Those that have experienced this have found it to be challenging. This article provides some advice for those who find themselves in this situation.
When Your Boss Is Younger than You – Harvard Business Review
5) CFOs: Embrace Technology or Fall Behind
The CFO of today could not get their work done without technology. But do they have the right technology for their needs today? Most will admit that they are lacking, and the others don’t know that they don’t have what they need. In this article, SAP America’s CFO discusses why finance executives need to embrace technology. What I can add is that there is a good chance that those CFOs who don’t get on the tech train can find themselves out of work.
SAP America’s CFO says finance execs need to embrace technology or they’ll get left behind – Business Insider
Some of Samuel’s other CFO stuff this week
CFO Moves – Moves across the USA – week ending October 9, 2015
Tweet of the week
#Ageism at work? The rise of mental competency tests in the #Csuite via @FortuneMagazine http://t.co/EgnsGXdeKd #HR #discrimination
— Cathy Logue (@CatLogueAmbit) October 14, 2015
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