I never thought I would say what I am about to. I remember sitting in my chair at the start of my career listening to this discussion about the definition of words and thinking it was utter rubbish. The topic at hand was how to define “Net Revenue”. I thought, “this is an absolute waste … Continue reading The Boring necessity of wordsmithing
Can I get that on 1 page, please? Not an uncommon question this day in age. The one-pager (or placemat) has for sure found its way into most organisations and is in fact a very useful tool for discussion. It is also a good challenge to the creator to really distil knowledge and information and cut … Continue reading The rise (and fall?) of the one-pager
Spend less time in history and focus on the future. Something you often hear around finance departments these days. History has already happened and is less interesting. This may be the case for looking at your revenues and costs from 2015 or spending enormous amounts of time reconciling Budget 1 to forecast 2 and forecast … Continue reading Didn’t this fail last time around?
I was asked not too long ago. “You spent years in consulting doing finance transformations, why do they always fail”? “Because they are easy to start and hard to finish”, I replied. That was written off as too simple of an answer and me not taking the question seriously and we went back to debating … Continue reading Transformation is not an 80-minute rugby game (it is like learning French)
A largely non-mandatory process that you have the freedom to shape and set up as you see fit. That sounds great. Planning, budgeting and forecasting has still somehow managed to become one of the most painful processes around in many organisations. It seems a non-mandatory process that offers great flexibility may just open the door … Continue reading What’s with all the planning?
Except a few funny bits, my career has been spent with about a 50/50 split between line finance roles and finance transformation work as a consultant. People hire consultants for different reasons, some good, some not so good. I have had the pleasure of being hired for both. I have worked on some awesome projects … Continue reading How not to (mis)use a consultant
After spending a good year and a half serving in the Swedish Submarine force (in the late 90's), I often thought about whether it was simply a duty or whether this had brought me some learnings for the future as well. I was uncertain for a while but almost two decades later working within finance, … Continue reading Small space, big learning