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CFO SA’s Graham Fehrsen: Five lessons for a better future

Through the course of a tumultuous 365 days since the launch of the inaugural and extremely successful Finance Indaba Africa, I’ve been fortunate enough to learn alongside finance leaders and exceptional professionals, and I’ve learnt some great lessons. While some are familiar cliches and almost all seem like common sense, in my experience, it’s the…

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Added by CFO South Africa on October 2, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

In-house banking now within reach: Treasury Technologies CEO Rudolph Janse van Rensburg explains

An in-house bank may be simply defined as an internal organisation which assumes some of the functions traditionally performed by external commercial banks to provide enhanced performance, transparency and control. Traditionally, the operation of an in-house bank was regarded by most finance executives to be the preserve of the largest corporations. Despite the…

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Added by CFO South Africa on September 18, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Four enemies of good decisions and how to beat them

Business decisions are frequently flawed. A KPMG study of corporate mergers and acquisitions – some of the highest-stakes decisions that executives make – showed that 83 percent failed to create any value for shareholders. What are the greatest cognitive and psychological pitfalls that lead to such bad decisions and how can you avoid these?

Many…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 17, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Cyberattacks are big business for criminals, says security expert Michael Marriott

High-profile data breaches are regularly in the news and, seemingly, businesses and are losing the battle to protect their intellectual property (IP), corporate and customer data from professional cybercriminals. Michael Marriott, security expert at Digital Shadows, shares his…

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Added by CFO South Africa on June 26, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Perspectives on property: leading CFOs share insights

CFOs who are handed property portfolios or commercial challenges with a property aspect really have a great opportunity to get closer to the business. And with a closer handle on your business you become a better CFO. This was the view of guests at last night’s CFO South Africa dinner, which was filled with great insights, perspectives and relationship…

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Added by CFO South Africa on June 22, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

Trend update 2017: Futurist Craig Wing chats populism, bitcoin & long knives

At the turn of the year, futurist Craig Wing wrote a piece where he postulated an increase in three seemingly unconnected developments all aligned with the central tenant of trust and transparency in a connected world. As we approach the middle of the year, Craig has updated it, adding local context particularly within the changing…

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Added by CFO South Africa on June 12, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Cybersecurity skills shortages leave us open to attack, says MWR Infosecurity SA’s MD, Riaan van Boom

According to Europol’s 2016 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), several EU states have found that cybercrime offences have surpassed traditional crimes, with trends such as crime-as-a-service and ransomware rising significantly.…

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Added by CFO South Africa on May 8, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

When dealmaking, enter with a focused mind, says Standard Bank’s Andrew Balnaves

A thorough, smart and stealthy due diligence process is among the top ingredients for successful mergers and acquisitions. We spoke to finance executives and dealmakers about the homework a growth-hungry company needs to do. “Prepare, ensure all parties are on the same page and…

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Added by CFO South Africa on May 1, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

CFOs should be on top of tech, says Graham Shapiro

Today’s world requires innovation to remain competitive, and with the changing nature of consumers, businesses cannot afford to be on the wrong side of technology. CFOs need to be on top of tech.

By Graham Shapiro

A few years ago, when I returned from my travels, I did a short internal audit contract at one of the big banks. To my shock, they were maintaining…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 24, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Insider’s guide to clear communication

In this age of multi-channel communication, we need to be diligent about our communications because the consequences – be it at home, in the workplace or in the M&A environment – can be far-reaching.

By Robbie Taylor, M&A expert and former CFO*

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 17, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Reduce people cost through crowdsourcing, says Google’s Terrence Taylor

Perhaps the most underrated aspect of crowdsourcing is its potential to disrupt the current cost structure that supports talent management. Crowdsourcing makes sense when thinking about the perennial constraint that businesses face: costs. Cost containment remains a priority, and with people costs (including…

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Added by CFO South Africa on March 27, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Google's Terrence Taylor on how to crowdsource new talent

Where talent management requires reviews to determine who belongs in what box and what to do with them after boxing them, crowdsourcing promises to bring out-of-the-box thinkers who work on a specific project as a team of free agents on demand.

By Terrence Taylor, Senior Consultant Executive Development at…

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Added by CFO South Africa on March 20, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Will crowdsourcing make talent management obsolete, asks Google’s Terrence Taylor?

Crowdsourcing promises to make scarce and critical skills available cost effectively, perhaps close to 90 percent cheaper, and disruptively. Yet most companies currently rely on talent management – a human resource function that has been around for over half a century but whose tools and techniques has changed little during its existence – to…

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Added by CFO South Africa on March 13, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Insider’s guide to integrating acquired teams

A well-drilled team, acting in disciplined harmony and each performing their individual tasks within the greater strategy, will outperform any grouping of individuals. Here are three crucial factors to integrate acquired teams successfully.

By Robbie Taylor, M&A expert and…

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Added by CFO South Africa on February 27, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

How to produce an award-winning integrated report: Kumba’s Nadia Schoeman explains

Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American won the EY 2016 Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards. In this exclusive guest article for CFO South Africa, Nadia Schoeman, who has headed up the integrated reporting team since…

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Added by CFO South Africa on February 20, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

There is no benefit in MAFR, says AECI CFO Mark Kathan

“The concerns of JSE-listed companies will need to be addressed very thoroughly if the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) introduces mandatory audit firm rotation (MAFR),” says experienced top CFO Mark Kathan of AECI. “I feel that perhaps not all of the possible ramifications of this proposed change have been thought…

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Added by CFO South Africa on February 13, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Insider’s guide to a successful acquisition strategy

To achieve superior growth, a company needs to get its organic growth right, but acquisition strategy is a crucial and very powerful tool. In this article, I delve into my experience as a CFO to provide an insider’s guide to a successful M&A strategy.

By Robbie Taylor, M&A expert and former CFO*

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 30, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Avoid market volatility pitfalls – use an FX expert

Unpredictable, wildly volatile foreign exchange market conditions seem to be established as the normal state of things in today’s economic and political turmoil. Many South African companies with significant import/export business are naturally exposed to FX market fluctuations, which frequently lead to unwelcome volatility in profits and earnings. With…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 23, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

What will make you successful in 2017?

I had the privilege of learning with a great number of South Africa's finance leaders in 2016 and from these engagements it was revealed that a primary ingredient for success is consistency. Even in a year of huge turmoil, CFOs that are really making their mark show remarkable consistency.

By Graham Fehrsen

So how do you become more…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 16, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Predictions 2017: What will shake up the world this year?

“As we approach the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the financial crisis, the banking sector remains out of kilter,” writes Peter Thal Larsen (pictured), Global Economics Editor, Reuters Breakingviews, in the introduction of this year’s Predictions 2017 e-book. Every year, Reuters publishes a series of…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 11, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

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