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The Strategy Group | CFO Series – ‘Getting beyond Bean Counting’

October 17, 2013 Stuart Bilbrough

The Strategy Group | CFO Series – have just released their online magazine. Small at present although one could say ‘quality over quantity’ especially on pages 10 and 11. I was able to contribute and highlight the main learning objectives of Bean Soup – Beyond Bean Counting. The following link takes you to the magazine. It can be downloaded in .pdf. http://www.imagebound.com.au/cfo_series/home/documents/the_strategic_cfo_oct2013/


Spam, spam, spam

October 16, 2013 Stuart Bilbrough

I had hoped my blog would be a place for like minded Finance professionals to come and share their views. This has proved impossible with the amount of spam that comes through the site. All replies to discussions now go directly to the spam filter. As of today there are 2,224 comments at which I can only assume nearly all are offers to buy UGG boots or jewellery from some Far East based online shop. No thanks. If you have provided feedback or discussion then thanks a lot. I’d still like to share views with you and the best place...


‘Bean Counter’ view of accountants holding back entrepreneurs – A CIMA sponsored report out of the UK. Is this the same in New Zealand?

October 15, 2013 Stuart Bilbrough

The article starts, “This is a report on the findings of a CIMA sponsored study of the management accounting practices of SMEs. Contributors to the management accounting literature have suggested that failure or under performance of SMEs is often due to their failure to utilise appropriate management accounting tools.” Like the UK, SME organisations are the backbone of the New Zealand economy. Are they too being held back due to a lack of support or even understanding in what their accountant can and should be providing?” What are other’s thoughts? How well do the NZ professional bodies – NZICA &...


Article 3 – Closing the Skills Gap

October 08, 2013 Stuart Bilbrough

The following link takes you to the last of a three part series for senior financial managers looking at transforming the company financial function into an effective leadership component of their enterprise. This article looks at the training needed for lifting a Finance function skill set towards ‘adding value.’ This article is posted on www.interest.co.nz. The article has also been published in October’s NZICA Journal and on the blog pages at www.proformative.com, a US based online resource and professional network for senior finance, accounting and related professionals. http://www.interest.co.nz/business/66730/stuart-bilbrough-says-getting-value-finance-requires-key-skills-across-whole-team-and


Article 2 – Getting the Balance Right

October 08, 2013 Stuart Bilbrough

The following link takes you to the second of a three part series for senior financial managers looking at transforming the company financial function into an effective leadership component of their enterprise. This article looks at how to get the balance right in your Finance function between the day to day and providing financial decision support. This article is posted on www.interest.co.nz. The article has also been published in September’s NZICA Journal and on the blog pages at www.proformative.com, a US based online resource and professional network for senior finance, accounting and related professionals. http://www.interest.co.nz/business/66685/stuart-bilbrough-shows-how-finance-can-be-considered-business-partner-trusted-advisor