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Interview for CPA’s In the Black Digital – How to Improve your Finance Team

September 30, 2014 Stuart Bilbrough

Here’s an interview that’s just gone onto CPA Australia’s on-line publication of “In the Black.” Bernard Kellerman got it all pretty right which wasn’t bad when I was on my way home speaking to him on hands-free in Auckland traffic – he left out the expletives leveled at slow drivers in the fast lane. I’ll talk more about the subject at the 2014 CPA Congresses in Melbourne, Darwin, Canberra and Adelaide. Read it here: How to Improve your Finance Team


Key Skills for Adding Value Part 4: The Value – Financial Planning and the Strategic Plan

July 22, 2014 Stuart Bilbrough

This is the fourth of six articles that look at how to transform a company’s Finance function into an effective business partner and provider of value. The first three articles discussed the foundation skills required of a Finance team before they can effectively add value and applicable to any Finance team supporting an SME, not for profit, Government or large multi-national organisation. All organisations should have an expectation that their Finance teams add value and contribute to the business they support. This expectation should not rest with just the CFO and their management accountants. It should include the likes of accounts...


Bean Soup is now available on Amazon

July 02, 2014 Stuart Bilbrough

Bean Soup is now available on Amazon. It is here as a more cost effective alternative to those wanting to purchase it out of Australasia. For example the USA or UK. It is more cost effective for those in New Zealand and Australia to purchase via www.thebeansoupbook.com. Bean Soup – Beyond Bean Counting – Steps for Lifting a Finance Function Skill Set Towards ‘Adding Value’ – On Amazon


Key Skills for Adding Value Part 3: The Product – Financial and Non Financial Analytics

June 30, 2014 Stuart Bilbrough

This is the third of six articles that I’ve posted on Interest.co.nz over the next few months. They drill down on the article, “Closing the Skills Gap,” that was published on the 8th October 2013. This one focuses on the third foundation skill required by a value adding Finance team and that is a strong understanding of “The Product – Financial and Non-Financial Analysis.” Rightly or wrongly, financial analysis provided by a Finance team is often judged on the professionalism of its appearance rather than the information contained. Read the article at this link - The product – all about analytics


Key Skills for Adding Value Part 2: The Client – Stakeholder Management

March 17, 2014 Stuart Bilbrough

This is the second of six articles that I’ll post on Interest.co.nz over the next few months. They drill down on the article, “Closing the Skills Gap,” that was published on the 8th October. This one focuses on the second foundation skill required by a value adding Finance team and that is a strong understanding of “The Client – Stakeholder Management.” The Article – Key Skills for Adding Value Part 2: The Client – Stakeholder Management