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What does Mark Matheny think?


I think we need to get more education about the impacts of being a global society and the related economics. We have so much to learn about other...
Constant monitoring and follow-up. Engage the sales force in collecting. Addressing past due amounts early in the process rather than months later...
In the environment you describe, I think that the key is peer pressure. Perhaps at the close of the project, the team should evaluate each members...
I find it is much easier if you go into the discussion with no surprises. To do that, you need to be having ongoing discussions that fit with your...
This will likely be even more cliché, but I want to come home every night knowing I did what was best for the company that day. The doesn't always...
I don't think the external type programs have a lot of staying power. I suggest making sure there are cross functional teams to address the issues...
If you are planning to try to stay, which is the first decision point, the perception of performance needs to be addressed. You are going to keep...
Unfortunately, everywhere I have worked the balance sheet reconciliations were manual in Excel. We did try to standardize journal entry comments to...
Nothing can beat leading by example and real life experience, but I have in the past used some of the soft skill training. Things like listening,...
A mixed response based on current and previous experience: 1. What key business performance metrics does your company use? Safety, volume, variable...
There is no straight forward answer to that question. There our pros and cons to each. I think it is more about the culture than the size. Big...
Don't just publish information. Understand what you have prepared. Actually work with the data, understanding it at the lowest level. Don't just...
Very few things are as bad as they seem and .....no one ever gets to the fifth year of a five year plan.
As with any measurement system, it is important to make sure the plan design drivers the desired results. I heard a business guru once say that what...
In my opinion, no. It is taking up a board seat that could be better utilized with additional outside perspective.
I know of many CFOs without a CPA or any other certification. The key issue is gaining credibility with the external constituencies that are going...
What article are you referencing in your opening comment?
I am not sure if I was engaging on this topic that I would make it a discussion specific to the CFO. I do agree that it would be difficult to...
Not having a process that communicates to the Credit and Collections Department what Sales agreed to orally or in writing..
Does the process need to be modified? Does there need to be a fail safe that would have caught the "forgotten" activity? Not saying that excuses...
Establish a clear and properly communicated travel and expense policy with defined time limits and requirements for reimbursement. Have CEO sign...
Interesting article. I talk to my team all the time about the art of analysis versus the science. It takes a different mindset. It is one of the...
I would recommend finding a mentor. If there is not someone within your company, look outside.
I believe you just have to commit to the personal time. There are going to be cases where you have to break the commitment, but it should be rare...
I think you always have to be prepared for any event, positive or negative. You can't be altering your plans based on every change in the forecast...