If you want to have fun, read a good book and learn new finance trivia (or MBA) stuff, there are very few books available. The money literature is enormous, do not get me wrong. But among the more than 5,000 money books published every year there are very few that tick all of the boxes: – fun to read; – […]
This Simplicient Controlling blog will focus on the merger of the financial and operational KPI performance measurement. More exactly, on the pro’s and con’s of mixing the financial and non-financial indicators. In most companies’ practice, the various KPIs are often disconnected: whilst the Profit and Loss KPIs are firmly grounded in the financial department, the operational KPIs are often left […]
After trying to test Apple TV+, I got a new concern: the message “Your funds are currently unavailable” on the upcoming Apple Pay service. Yes, it is a hard job to stay at the top of the electronic services food chain – and there are signs that Apple is too big and sliding on the maturity curve.
Controllers are number crunchers – aren‘t they? A controller is the person who comes to you with a long table, filled with numbers, and uses a red pen to highlight differences. Unfortunately, not anymore. Business or sparring partner (a term used often in recruiting finance managers) means more than that. To be brutally honest, C-level managers rarely care how much […]
To say that the Internet is an integral part of our lives is certainly an understatement. And David Weinberger, the famous American technologist who wrote the first Internet marketing, seems well placed to write about it. In a world where everything happens at once, where technologies combine with AI to deliver more-than-human results, „Everyday Chaos“ comes a bit late. Yet, […]
Michael Watkins and his book “The First 90 Days” should sound familliar to any business management reader. The IMD professor has authored one of the most influential books of transitioning into a new role – “The First 90 Days” is considered by many one of the top 50 ever published management book (certainly one of the best sold *1). Should […]
The new HBR title (“How Finance Works?” by Mihir Desay) will go into less charted waters – demistifying the complicated financial ecosystem is no easy feat. Any controller worth his/her salt will confirm – the finance concepts are some of the most complicated in economics, even for the revered quants, who spend lifetimes trying to gain insights on companies’ numbers. […]