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) How to be a Long-Term CFO in a Short-Term World
The short-term is always on the CFOs mind, with Quarterly financial reporting, significant regulatory disclosures, stock price swings and investor demands taking up a good chunk of time and pressure on the publicly listed company CFO. With all this pressure, it is known that long-term is where real value is created. This article addresses some of these isssues.
2) M&A Mistakes
Many companies aim for growth through acquisition. Yet M&A can be painful. While there will always be challenges with making M&A successful, there are ways to avoid some common mistakes. Here are a few.
3) Learning the Earnings Call
Many CFOs I speak with want to become a public-company CFO. If you have never managed an earnings call with investors, here is a good guide on how to prepare.
4) Don’t Just Stand There: Asking Questions at a Networking Event
So you decided it’s time to be out there and network. It’s normal to be shy and uncomfortable in a room where you may know few people. This list can help you through the awkward moments and allow you to start conversations and feel more comfortable.
5) Be Prepared when Traveling for Business
This week’s events in Brussels reminds business travelers to have a backup plan for when disasters happen. There are things we cannot control, but we do need to be smart and safe as we travel to make a difference to our companies.
Some of Samuel’s other CFO stuff this week
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— Dergel CFO (@DergelCFO) March 23, 2016