CFO Bookshelf is based on the popular monthly newsletter by CFOBookshelf.com. Each week, a business author or thought leader is interviewed where practical insights can be applied by financial leaders. The show was founded by a pioneer in the part-time CFO business.
A Blockbuster Failure
If you think Netflix was the cause of Blockbuster's failure, you'll change your mind after you hear Alan Payne explain the reasons for this company's demise.
Alan was a longtime owner of a chain of successful Blockbuster stores. He was also featured in the Netflix 2020 documentary, The Last Blockbuster.
Alan's new book is Built to Fail, and we learn four reasons for Blockbuster's eventual bankruptcy which started with poor leadership at the CEO level.
A Financially Powerful Culture
If I could only pick one book for any financial leader to read about company culture, it would be Patty McCord's book, Powerful.
In this episode, two CFOs break down the big ideas in Patty's book which include the role of the culture-centric HR professional, making decisions on facts vs. data, annual performance reviews, variable pay, learning every aspect of a business, and teams vs. families.
Just How Profitable Are Those Big Projects?
Have you ever worked with a software vendor who said their solution would save you as much as $1 million annually?
Or how about the big data warehousing project where the lead consultant says this project could lead to significantly more revenues?
When you accept projects with these types of claims, have you gone back one year later to find out the actual cost savings you thought realized?
Our topic on this show is the book entitled, Project Profitability by our guest, Reginald Lee. We explore project salience, mental models for project prioritization, and informational and instructional-centric projects.
Finance Essentials in AI, Data Science and ERP
Glenn Hopper is the author of Deep Finance: Corporate Finance for the Information Age.
Glenn is a likable expert who helps the rest of us better understand artificial intelligence, data science, and ERP solutions. As a hands-on, self-taught digital expert, his writing is still easy to understand.
In this conversation, some of the big ideas we cover are the differences between machine and deep learning, practical applications of data science in smaller businesses, and comparing comprehensive ERP solutions with best-of-breed tools that are stacked together.
How to Become CEO or Even an Army Officer
For too many years than I can count, I've been listening to the audio version of How to Become a CEO by Jeffrey Fox annually. The book is a simple, to-the-point book discussion that applies to any position, even an officer in the military.
In this conversation, we hear about admitting fault, damaging emails, mastering one big new thing every year, the power and impact of handwritten notes, and a few classic books.
Reversing the Slide in Corporate Turnarounds
Professor Jim Shein of the Kellogg School of Management is one of my favorite turnaround experts, and he's the author of my favorite book in this space, Reversing the Slide.
Some of the big ideas we address are how to get started in this field of work, the role of strategy in turnarounds, the 13-week cash flow forecast, and a handful of case studies.
We also learn who is best suited for this type of work, CEOs or CFOs.
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Always Be Learning
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