April 2012

R&D projects take undeserved spot at front of line for cuts

Research and development (R&D) is a key component of business practices. Without adequate R&D, businesses render themselves unable to innovate properly, which could curtail a company's ability to grow and improve its offerings. Considering the explosion of businesses - especially in technology sectors - consumers...
ExecutionistR&D projects take undeserved spot at front of line for cuts

Leadership seen as reason for talent retention woes

Companies may finally be starting to realize the full burden of the recession, as years of operating with fewer resources has begun to overburden some business professionals. That is according to a study by emotional intelligence service Six Seconds, which determined that leaders are increasingly seen as being more to...
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Known job hoppers may not be as fickle in future jobs

The days of employees working for the same company for 30 years are well in the past, as the American workforce appears more mobile than ever before. The explosion of small businesses has provided consumers with boundless opportunities, while technological advancements have exposed workers to many of these openings. Is it...
ExecutionistKnown job hoppers may not be as fickle in future jobs

Businesses desire auditors who boast traits beyond a high financial acumen

Just last week, this blog reported on the importance of auditors remaining skeptical in every facet of their jobs. A report detailed in the post called for auditors to use context clues instead of management opinions to assess misstatements, thoroughly document completed work and, perhaps most importantly, come to...
ExecutionistBusinesses desire auditors who boast traits beyond a high financial acumen

Self-confidence correlates strongly with business success

They have been called "deciders" and "drivers," but regardless of their specific title, all business should be fiercely competing to hire these decisive decision makers. In a recent Ere.net piece, Nick Tasler delves into the issue of decision-making as it relates to business professionals. He cites a study by Timothy...
ExecutionistSelf-confidence correlates strongly with business success

Yahoo tries for market repositioning amid layoffs, declining profits

At the dawn of the internet era, Yahoo became one of the first stalwarts of this new process for accessing information and communicating in real time. A generation later, the company has lost its market positioning, ended its most recent CEO’s brief tenure through a phone call and instituted layoffs affecting more...
ExecutionistYahoo tries for market repositioning amid layoffs, declining profits

Lifelong skeptics: Auditors must question all information they are provided

By the very nature of the job, auditors are expected to be skeptical of the information they are presented, although according to a recent study, some may have lost their way. The report, titled "Professional Skepticism: Establishing a common understanding and reaffirming its central role in delivering audit quality," was...
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Some events elude risk management strategies

The number of risks a business faces on a daily basis is nearly endless, with problems ranging from minor hang-ups to devastating disasters. Preparation for these hurdles is critical, but even the most experienced CFO or financial professional may still find risk management to be challenging. Whether organizations...
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Chief corporate positions only filled for average of eight years

Back in the early 2000s, most CEOs could all but guarantee they would last about one decade in one corner office position. In light of shifting economic conditions over the last 10 years, these business leaders now serve an average of 8.4 years, according to a new study. The Conference Board's 2012 CEO Succession...
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Optimism climbing among mid-market CFOs

Despite lagging unemployment numbers, many in the business world are still somewhat optimistic that a sluggish economy is on the verge of improvement, according to a recent survey of second quarter CFO attitudes by GE Capital. Although CFOs expressed concerns over business costs, it appears as though these worries peaked...
ExecutionistOptimism climbing among mid-market CFOs