Finance flash: the TOP-10 articles of week 1, 2020

Want to stay up to date with the latest developments in finance, but short on time? Don't worry. CFO South Africa weekly collects 10 of the most important articles from international media for your convenience.

1. The Post-Holiday Funk Is Real
And then January arrives, and it’s time to get back in the swing of things. But, after being out for a week or two, it can be hard to snap back into work mode. If you’re feeling sluggish and unmotivated, you’re not alone. There are several reasons for this kind of the post-holiday funk — and, fortunately, there are things you can do to get out of it as well.

2. You May Be a Workplace Hero Without Realising It
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common: They don’t see themselves as heroes. “Not all heroes wear capes,” the saying goes, and the workplace is no exception. If you take the time to look, you’ll find that acts of selflessness abound in your organisation – from informal mentoring to planning birthday or retirement parties. Are you a workplace hero? IIf you answered no, that may increase your chances of actually being one.

3. What can we expect in China in 2020?
With domestic consumption powering economic growth, companies should consider stepping up their activities in 2020.

4. Walk your way to transformation
At work and beyond, strolling and chatting with someone you think you don’t have much in common with can help you make progress on your toughest challenges.

5. 5 ways to enhance your emotional wellness
With burnout and absenteeism now a major workplace issue, finance professionals have to pay close attention to their emotional wellness in the workplace. Although companies are increasingly investing in wellness programmes and initiatives, individuals ultimately have to take responsibility for managing themselves. For finance professionals, who typically operate in high-pressure environments, ignoring emotional wellness can have disastrous consequences — including poor performance and declining mental health.

6. A blueprint for financial strategy
Get strategy wrong and there’s no where else to go at the end of the day. Ben Walters believes finance can better support strategic analysis and enhance the overall value of the firm.

7. Blueprint for financial strategy part two: a risk framework approach
The tools exist for CFO’s and financial directors to better analyse a firm’s strategic risk. They just need to utilise what they have in another manner.

8. 8 books on technology you should read in 2020
A selection of must reads to help you understand the last year—and what’s coming in the next decade.

9. How new managers fail
After years of long hours, hard work, and making sacrifices for your company, a promotion into management might seem like a dream come true. But that new title, higher salary, and company perks also come with a greater responsibility, extending beyond individual performance, and suddenly you are faced with accountability for the performance of your entire team. That new responsibility can often be fraught with the risk of failure for first-time managers.

10. Ten highlights from McKinsey's 2019 research
Infographic: These ten charts are a snapshot of some of the best of McKinsey Global Institute’s research over the past year.