Communicating with your boss

Communicating with your boss

min read CFOs: listen up Others are welcome to listen in, but I’d like to address my thoughts today to all of you Chief Financial Officers out there. We’ll talk about communication, and especially as it relates to your interaction with your CEO (and with her boss, the...
Accountability can have a soft touch

Accountability can have a soft touch

min read Seriously? Accountability isn’t necessarily a top ten favorite word in organizations. We sometimes (often?) resent being held accountable, and we’re sometimes (often?) reluctant to hold others accountable. This isn’t the forum to speculate on reasons, but I...
Information for decision making

Information for decision making

min read Raison d’etre I suspect starting an article with a French phrase isn’t best manners for a blogger. But it fits my topic, so I’ll risk it. My recollection from my one or two semesters of junior high French is that this phrase means “reason for being,” or...
Honesty about regulatory impact

Honesty about regulatory impact

min read Impact I’m aware “impact” is an overused word, and sometimes we even find ourselves using that noun as a verb. Not a fan of either. But sometimes, it’s exactly the right word for a situation. Before I address such a situation, a quick aside. Impact vs....
Influence and leadership (update)

Influence and leadership (update)

min read Learning about leadership Throughout my personal and professional journey as a leader, I’ve sought wisdom from others—some I know personally and have worked with, others with influential public followings (and well-deserved ones at that). No sense having to...