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5 Tips to Help CFOs Become Better Negotiators

5 Tips to Help CFOs Become Better Negotiators

Published October 21, 2022

Here’s how to get better at negotiating both inside and outside the company. Sandra Beckwith, CFO.com, September 29, 2022 Ravi Narula (CFO of FinancialForce) recalls a particularly frustrating situation several years ago when closing a deal with a company in another country. The two parties had negotiated all terms. With no remaining questions or open items, they submitted the contract for legal review. During that two-week period, ...

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5 Mentorship Tips for Recruitment and Retention

Published August 30, 2022

Attracting and retaining employees has proved a challenge in the wake of unprecedented levels of employee resignations and an increased desire for hybrid or work-from-home options. Compounding this frustration is the high failure rate of young professionals in many industries, creating more job openings. However, normalizing high failure rates among young professionals is a dire mistake. 

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Avoid These 7 Delegation Mistakes

Published May 9, 2022

Delegating is far more than just assigning tasks to others. "It's not just about shuffling things around. It frees you up to work on things that are highest and best use for your level," said Tamera Loerzel, a partner with ConvergenceCoaching LLC in Prior Lake, Minn. "It also offers crucial opportunities for you to help employees learn and grow." As a career coach, Loerzel spends a lot of time teaching others to delegate more effectively, and ...

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7 Tips for Using Zoom Better

Published March 14, 2022

BASIC TIPS Use headphones to avoid audio collisions Unfortunately, you can't monitor your own audio levels and quality in a virtual meeting. You are dependent on others to tell you when your audio isn't working well. This can cause what I call "audio collisions," when multiple people talk over each other because they are unable to hear others when they are talking. The best way to limit audio issues is to use headphones! Find comfortable ...

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Avoid These 8 PowerPoint Mistakes

Published February 11, 2022

Several years ago, Tom Hall, CPA, looked forward to attending a PowerPoint presentation about blockchain's potential impact on accounting. Unfortunately, the slides were so jumbled and overloaded that he didn't learn much. "The person next to me said, 'I think I know less about blockchain now than I did when we started.' I agreed," said Hall, an associate professor of the practice at the University of Denver's School of Accountancy. "When ...

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